AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Cheshvan 5776
Page 26 of pamphlet – (At 2 lines from end of the page. Line starts: 'misham...'). Page 19 of the book. For text see below.
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How does light affect the world of action?!
Here's a way to think of the power of light... We say a man who doesn't have a place to live is not living up to his human image... (adam she ein lo bayit, ein lo adam -אדם שאין לו ביית אין לא אדם), And this dwelling has dimensions – a man could not handle the Empire State Building as a home... This is because he must be able to conceptualize the structure and capacity in his sechel/mind...
Without this relating, he does not have the satisfaction of 'having a home'.
We said before that sechel/שחל/mind does not reach to affect action. Something deeper than his conscious mind is needed to effectuate action. The sechel is sufficient to engage the midot. Yet there is a gap between midot and action.
This is gap is like the inability to expand into a home that is too large for him. A person with a broader projection could have a bigger place – a king lives in a palace...
Then there is a light that includes the entire world, from the highest level down to the world of action.
In order to act you need to feel an affinity to the situation... if it is outside your domain you can't act, even if you have a degree of arousal.