Ayin Base with R' Paltiel. Tishrei 5777
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Page 54 [of the pamphlet] at the third to last line.
What we have: an important yet illusive principle. Namely, that when you express a thought or a word consisting of letters, it would seem that the letters are devoid of sechel or light. The letters are not arbitrary.
Every letter is the revelation of a specific vitality and faculty. A letter is sourced in the human mind and soul.
Genesis: God makes heaven and earth. It is telling there is a Creator to your world. How does this change things? You're still in the world? The Torah is telling you that heaven and earth are not present unless you recognize there is a Creator for them – that's when they come to reality. That's why Avraham could find no peace – he went to look for the Creator and the significance of the world.
The speaker is focused on the meaning, not on the letters and words. When many letters are joined together to make words, there is an element that rises above all of them... this is a drawing of a superior faculty – a general vitality that includes all the specifics and is above them.