AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Kislev 5776
Page 28 of pamphlet – (2 lines from the end of the page. Line starts: 'she-hitchalef...'). Page 20 of the book. For text see below.
Questions and comments:
We are talking of the light of kindness being in the vessel of severity...
The decisive factor is the light and not the vessel.
And this needs to be properly understood. What is the difference between light/ohr and vessel/keili?
The keili has a compelling element – it must be what it is under the circumstance. The light is not addressing circumstance, but rather the truth – the reality.
Benefit of the doubt is extended to one who deserves it. It is extended to the one who belongs. Kindness makes sense – it is a truth expression.
This chessed/kindness is a light – an inner statement of 'yes, it should be this way'.
The mind is cool and moist. The heart is heat...
That which is identified in mind is due to its truth, rather than a personal inclination. Sechel/mind seeks the higher truth.
The tephilin have 4 sections. They include kindness and severity which are usually not associated with the pure mind. So why are they included?
Even if a midah identifies things correctly, it is still based on 'this is the way I like it'. Sechel/mind will identify things only only on the criteria of right... even if it opposes the personal preference.
Light does not have a definitive place or structure. This is because it is continually emanating from the source... There are 12 hours of daylight due to the presence of the sun... it needs to be present for there to be light.
The light is beyond chessed and gevurah – it is beyond defintion... When it is enclothed in a vessel it is a combination of kindness and severity... yet is does not completely lose the 'light' element...