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Tzava'at Harivash 25

Tzava'at Harivash 25

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The following is an important principle: Remain all day with the thought with which you rose from your bed, and no other thought. 1

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Obviously this relates to a thought that is pure in itself or has been sublimated to holiness.
This sentence can be read also: “One remains all day . . .” (instead of “Remain all day . . .”) This would accord with the following teaching of the Baal Shem Tov: Speech and action are rooted in man’s thought. If the thought is pure and holy, all subsequent speech and actions, too, will be pure and holy. Thus it is extremely important that the first thought in the morning be proper, for it sets the tone for the whole day. Likewise, one must be careful to “sanctify and purify one’s first utterance” every day as one awakens. This requires, however, that one’s first thought be attached to holiness. (The Baal Shem Tov explains this in context of the mystical interpretation of the honor due an elder brother, cited below, sect. 90.) See Keter Shem Tov, sect. 212, citing Likkutim Yekarim, sect. 136.)
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