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This is why the Torah is likened to water: just as water descends from a high place to a low place, so does the Torah descend from its place of glory, which is the will and wisdom of G-d, {where) the Torah and the holy One, Blessed Be He are one and no mind can grasp Him at all; and from there it journeys and descends through hidden stages, level after level, until it becomes enclothed in material things and matters of this world, which is [the subject] of virtually all the Torah's commandments
– Tanya, chapter 4

Do not be misled by those who claim there is no purpose.

They may know life, but not its womb.

They may know darkness, but not its meaning.

They may have wisdom, but they cannot reach higher, to a place beyond wisdom
a place from which all wisdom began.

They may reach so high until the very source from which all...

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