have seen that sight and hearing are categorically different.
faculties are hosted in their own separate vessels/organs.
sees the 'whole'. It relates to the reality. Where is reality from?
Is it deductive? Proven? No, it is inherent in the soul that He
the principle of sight, that 'no proof is needed' is inherent. This
is the essence of the faculty. Later these faculties come into their
respective organs... they project and define the outside
environment... and the faculty does not start at the level of
organs. The faculties are inherent to the soul.
fundamentally relates to the essence of a thing. When it comes into
the level of the 'eye' it relates specifically to the level of
is where the mehus/reality of the existence of the thing gets
and hearing have fundamental differences. Sight relates to the
primary reality of what it sees. It sees, 'why is it here'.
look at the sky... What is the primary reality of this observation?
It is not 'what it looks like'. It is that it is the sky for
the earth. That it surrounds the world and gives it the sense of
being encompassed and defined.
we wake we need to look up at the sky (Shulchan Aruch), and we see
'what the reality is'.
is like wisdom/chochmah at the physical level. And the wisdom is
encompassed by ratzon/will which is like sky.
are looking at how the faculties all reside together in the
nefesh/soul although one may think there would be conflict between
them since they have opposing tendencies...
had previously addressed this by saying their oppositional qualities
first show up as the faculties are manifest, and not as they are
nested in the soul...
we came to a statement from the Rebbe saying it is difficult to say
this... since there are differences that are so fundamental that they
must exist not just on the manifest level, but also on the essential
relates to the essence of a thing... not with how the object appears
and functions, but what is its essence.
is like sechel/mind. Mind identifies things that are real. If there
is no will/ratzon there is no mind/sechel.
are going to show how faculties present something more real than
their functional level.
does sechel/mind get a sense of reality? It gets it from
ratzon/will. Sechel/mind is not the product of external experience.
It tells you what truth is – what reality is. That means it has to
be rooted in reality, which is the nefesh/soul.
is like sight. You see the sky. And it is beyond description. You
see nothing. You see reality. Reality of the world.
does sight relate to reality...? You see the sky because it is part
of the reality of the world...
why does it relate to reality? Because you know deep down that
reality is more than you can grasp, and this alerts you to that.
is a truth. And truth doesn't come from a lie. It comes from the
Truth. The Rambam says, 'there is a True Being, and from Him comes
the truth of all creation...'
do not try to understand what that means...! it is beyond
sechel/mind. Not even angels get it. But He gave us the means to
know about Him and to know that there is that Truth...
it (without understanding it), makes your life relate to that Truth.
And then your life is real.
is so fundamental that this sight/mind/sechel must be this way in its
source. It is distinct even there.
are looking at how opposites are contained in the soul.
the soul these faculties are in a different state, from how they
a sicha the Rebbe explains how we have the marking of the months and
of the years. He explains that all topics are revealed in the world.
Miraculous and natural phenomena are interrelated. Everything
stands to reveal essence in the world.
essence is revealing the truth of Godliness, and this includes
everything – fire, water, etc.
may think that human faculties develop as needed. That is not true.
There is essential mind. And all faculties are rooted in the soul.
mind (sechel atzmi) recognizes the truth of the soul. It sees that
where the soul wants to be, that is where it belongs.
man can hear and see. This enables us to relate to the external
world. But in essence he has the world within. This is because man
was given a mission, and thus his awareness is essential and does not
come through hearing and seeing...
10 hidden sphirot are all 'in the same place'.
is because when opposite things like fire and water and at their
essential level, there is no opposition.
metaphor for this is the faculties of the soul. The soul contains
all the faculties that later reveal themselves in the body. At the
body level they are very different – like sight and hearing and
they need different organs. But at the soul level they are unified
and undifferentiated. At that level they are at the extreme of
'refinement and spirituality' (הדקות
we stood at Sinai, the focus was not on the experience, but rather on
what it stands for. For this reason we stood in a state of
refinement and spirituality (הדקות
on real life, real avodah, then you will be aware of the finest and
most significant elements of the world and all things you are
refinement and spirituality is due to the presence of the essence
exclusively, not due to the presence of the thing.
world contains opposites. The reason they are present is due to the
fact that the world is representative of the ein sof (infinity). All
the phenomena in the world, together, represent the Creator.
the time of the giving of the Torah the faculties functioned in a
totally different way – 'they saw what is usually heard, and heard
what is usually seen...'
was given was not 'what fits into the world' but the 'what everything
is about at Source'.
the essential level fire is not hot. At essence the fire is involved
in being what it is, and not affecting anything. For this reason it
is more able to intermingle with its opposite. At this level it is
not a metziut (something that enables and justifies its existence).
does not need to be enabled and does not need to be justified.
this level it is just a reflection of its Creator. It is a presence
without any prior facilitation.
RAMBAM says that to know such a Presence is the first principle of
is a statement of how things should be, versus how things work
intermingle. We're not saying they are inter-included.
amazed at the greatness of the world does not bring you to love of
Him. Seeing the wonder of the world He makes, brings you to
Rebbe is showing that in the source all the various qualities are
unified, even if among them are complete opposites. And this cannot
be explained. It is above understanding.
any quality below sechel, the quality or experience or information is
what is decisive, since there is no inner reality. But sechel works
with how things should be. Sechel looks to the Godly reality.
has the quality of heat, but at a fundamental level fire is not hot
and water is not cold! They manifest this way, but at essence they
are not hot and cold.
and water come from a Source that is beyond either of them.
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does sechel/mind sense and see?
the faculties in their original state rooted in the soul, and all the
sphirot as rooted in the infinite light, have no other source, but
for the soul and the infinite light.
faculties you have are present due to what the soul is. They are
reflective of the infinite truth of what the soul is.
the faculties and the sphirot are significant, thus they originate in
the soul/nefesh and in the infinite light respectively. This is to
counter the idea that they are created of overcome certain obstacles.
Rather they are indicative of the fullness of the soul and of the
infinite light (ohr ein sof).
is no rationale for the faculties in the soul.
initiator of the faculties is the soul itself.
thus all of the faculties are one and totally united within
the soul, although they contain aspects that oppose one another.
cannot be understood, but and be sensed by the feel/chush of sechel.