AyinBase with R' Paltiel Friday 27 Kislev 5772
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We are looking at a contradictory concept. The ha-arah/reflection represents the essence, though it depends on the place where it is manifest. Pnimius and atzmis is an essence and thus does not depend on the place where it is. So it should seem that in bodily union which is essential and not affected by place; yet, there are distinctions according to where it reveals itself.
Chochmah is sourced in oneg/pleasure. This knowledge of chochmah – pnimius abba – pnimius atik – means there's an experience of the oneg/pleasure at the level of chochmah/wisdom.
This is an example of having essence on a different level.
Where the atik is in a state of pnimius abba, you can reach it through the negative mitzvoth (which reach higher than positive mitzvoth, that have a presence).
Similarly, we see the difference between halachas that are laid out before us, we see essence coming to a different level. All halachas we have are Higher chochmah (chochmah ilah). Situations seem to affect the halachic ruling. So it seems that they are based on logic. Is seems that the halacha is like a ha-arah that is place specific. Yet each halacha is representing the higher wisdom. The torah's rule, 'do not steal' is not based on the negative consequence. It is not generated by circumstance. It has an essential reality. It is the essence of higher chochmah. The whole world is representing the chochmah of atzilus, but it is dressed in a lower level.
It is impossible for the highest level to show itself in a physical halacha, yet once the essence goes through a lower level it can translate into a physical halacha. How can it change and not change?