AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Tammuz 5775
Page 22 of pamphlet – (At about middle of the page. Line begins: 'bedivrei...'). Page 15 of the book. For text see below.
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At the highest level (in atzilus) the keilim/vessels do not allow for easy definition.
All vessels are significant only from a human/reality perspective. Without the human being the world is insignificant.
There is a First Being that makes everything and gives everything value and presence. The only being that recognizes this principle is the human being.
A human being cannot pursue with interest anything that does not have a point (a First Being element).
So therefore the vessels are the means by which the highest qualities can be represented on a worldly level.
A table is a vessel for the human spirit – for human dignity. You are a child/creation of God – you have dignity. This is beyond 'self-respect' – it is His image in you. A vessel is representative of the human spirit.
If you see a dish or a cup, it is immediately representative of the fact that it is so that the human being can eat and drink with self-respect.
So on the one hand the vessel is a separate object. But on the other hand it is made with a higher intent – representative of spirit and intellect.
There are different levels of vessels/keilim. It can be purely body or purely spirit – an everything in between.