“The work/avodah is to take something that is raw and of no use… and then to work it… and transform it, till it has a human quality…”
“Work It” p76
AYIN BASE - REBBE RASHAB - with R’ PALTIEL
P 76 [of the new pamphlet] 6th line from the end of the page - line starting “levad…”. [P 57 of the book]
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We are talkin’ about the real work - avodah. That is the refinement of the animal soul.
The work/avodah is to take something that is raw and of no use… and then to work it… and transform it, till it has a human quality…
Something is worked over till it has a human state. Raw hide is of little use - it rots quickly… but treated properly it becomes fine leather.
This is a metaphor for prepping the animal soul till it can relate to the Godly soul…
From the mind you distill what is pertinent to the emotions, and then you use that to impact the emotions…
Ratzon/will is the point where the truth of our being recognizes value. At that point sechel/mind can be applied to it.
The animal soul’s principle operating system is emotional - it deals with experiences… and through training it can deal with things that are real fine… one