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Samach Vov: Naso, Part 6

Samach Vov: Naso, Part 6

The Transcendent Source of Negative Mitzvahs

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5666 Naso es Rosh

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In this class, we will consider a metaphor illustrating how the experience of something negative can touch the essence of the self, regardless of personal stature, whereas the gratification afforded by any number of perceived positive activities has variable and limited influence depending upon the level of the person.

The source of מצוות לא תעשה is in the supernal Gevuros which transcend the supernal Chassadim (the source of מצוות עשה )

Previously we learned that the performance of positive mitzvos elicit Makkifim from lofty levels of pre-existing Ohr that are ultimately rooted in the supernal Chassadim.

Restraint in the observance of מצוות לא תעשה , on the other hand, reaches a level that transcends the state of revealed Ohr altogether.

In this class, we will consider a mashal (metaphor) illustrating how the experience of something negative can touch the essence of the self, regardless of personal stature, whereas the gratification afforded by any number of perceived positive activities has variable and limited influence depending upon the level of the person.

Click here to purchase the book Samach Vov for the complete original text in Hebrew.

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.
Text courtesy of Kehot Publication Society. Copyright by Kehot Publication Society, all rights reserved.
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