About this Class
In general, there are two types of 'makifim' (transcendent lights), those that are “close” to that which they encompass (relative makifim) and those that are “distant” (absolute makifim). Metaphorically, these can be compared to a garment and a house respectively. We'll first consider the “close” makif.
In the previous class we were introduced to the concept that mitzvos elicit ‘makifim’ (transcendent lights). In general, there are 2 types of makifim, those that are “close” to that which they encompass (relative makifim) and those that are “distant” (absolute makifim).
Metaphorically, these can be compared to a garment and a house respectively. Although both the garment and the house surround an individual, clothing conforms specifically to the wearer’s dimensions whereas anyone of any size can enter a house.
We will first consider the “close” makifim, i.e. the makifim of ‘seder hishtalshalus’, which are grounded in the principle that the inner dimension (pnimius) of a higher level (elyon) comprises the makif of the lower (tachton). This paradigm is illustrated in the relationship of ‘sechel’ (intellect) to ‘middos’ (emotions).
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Dr. Yaakov Brawer is Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, and lectures on Neuroendocrinology and Chassidism. He is the author of two books on Chassidic philosophy, Something From Nothing and Eyes That See.
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