Wednesday, April 6, 2016

“Bear Opposites” p:39

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Adar II 5776 

Page 39 of the pamphlet – (At lower third of the page. Line starts: 'ukmoken...') [page 30 in the book]. For text see below.

Questions and comments:

We are looking at how opposite qualities can be present in the same fundamental reality.

Fire and water are opposites. To kindle a flame you need a thin piece of wood or kindling. Water comes in a flow...

fire requires breaking the material down into smaller qualities.

The faculties of the soul have similar distinctions. Such as chochmah vs bina; or re-iya (sight) vs shmiya (hearing). The basis of sight is infinity – 'that which allows for things to be...'

In the soul, opposites exist simultaneously. It relates to the details and to the principle behind the details, at the same time.

The Rambam says the first principle is to know that there is a First Being. You can relate to Him by sight or hearing. These are different ways of relating and serving...

At a higher level all the faculties speak of the same truth.

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