Ayin Base / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel
Wednesday 30 Nissan, 5774
At the 8th line of page – (line begins: "le-achar...”) For text, click: Here.
Talking of service; there is service with the Godly soul and with the animal soul.
The service and giving of the soul (mesirat nefesh), is to bring about the revelation of Godliness, because world and Godliness are very very distant. It takes service/work to recognize the Godly element in the world and to live by it.
If you incorporate Godliness in your life this would constitute mesirat nefesh (giving over of the soul).
The prohibition against theft has both a worldly and a Godly element. You can say the prohibition against theft is a practical arrangement – this strips it of any element of 'principle' and there is no Godly element... till one can say, 'for me it's okay so long as I don't get caught'.
For it to be 'not okay' you need the element of Godly truth. If someone's property is his own gain then there is no principle, but if I recognize true ownership, that God made man and gave him the right to own property, then it has a real basis and I have to ignore my own 'interests'.
So in every element of Torah and Mitzvoth there is immediately an element of mesirat nefesh, since it goes against your benefit from the worldly perspective...
we are explaining 'God is one' - we are saying the presence of the existence of the world has not affected His perfect unity.