Tuesday, November 2, 2010

An infinite basis

AyinBase with R' Paltiel 11/2/2010 Tuesday 25 Cheshvan 5771

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Page 34 – near the middle of the page. Line starts, “kav ve chut... (abbreviated)”

Shoresh / rooot means talking about something in its preexistent state, and this gives it more reality than the fact of its existence.

Torah is chochmah, but the root of that chochmah is not chochmah at all – it is in the element of atzmus ein sof which is way above the element of ratzon/will. And even above the purest state where there is no taam for the ratzon.

Here we are not talking about a will that has any kind of reason/stimulus. When one's life is endangered one's sense of the value of life is aroused. So without the danger, there is no active message about the value of life. This, though is not true – the fact that we wake- up when threatened is not because the sense is not there, but because we are preoccupied with other things.

We do not perceive activity and feeling unless it can be measured externally. But actually, life is an internal process. It is not a static presence that can be injured. It is a self-contained resource that is continually rejuvenated. The ratzon/will is a reflection that it is a living soul.

Chochmah of torah is rooted way above this level of ratzon.

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... וחיי עולם

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