AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Cheshvan 5776
Page 27 of pamphlet – (At first line from top of the page. Line starts: 've-ayno...'). Page 20 of the book. For text see below.
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There are fine human relations. And real friendship. And above that is the relationship between parents and children.
Sometimes a gift is given. It fully represents the friendship.
The gift is like the vessel that is representative of their friendship.
Between a father and son there are also expressions of the relationship – there can be gifts and support and kisses. But none of these expressions capture the depth of the relationship. It does not capture it at all.
And there is something that at least closely represents their relationship. Imagine a garment embroided with the child's name and the father's name. One of the elements of the relationship between God and Israel is that they represent Him. (Quoting the Talmud, the Rebbe said that the verse, “The nations of the world see that the name of G-d is upon you, and they will fear you” refers to tefillin, and that this must be publicized to the Israeli soldiers. )
The osiot/letters that are found in the level that precedes the tzimtzum are able to contain the infinite light...! In their full glory...!
Even though we just got done in saying that on the level of atzilus this could not occur – infinite light could not be contained in finite vessels.
The world is in a state of confusion and thus some basic realities can get lost...
Let's talk about father and son...
The son must honor his father even if he is wicked. Even if the father is guilty of a capital offense the son must treat his father with respect while he is being lead out to the gallows.
This is cannot be understood in worldly terms. This unconditional respect is due to the ohr/light element. The essence of the light, beyond any qualities.
In contrast to friendships – and we know they can be very deep and binding – and yet it does not have the element of 'father and son'.
Allow your eyes to see what they see and accept what they observe.