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Samach Vov: Hashamayim Mesaprim, Part 8

Samach Vov: Hashamayim Mesaprim, Part 8

The Susceptibility of Boundless Holiness

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In this class we introduce the concept that Mitzvos elicit ‘Ohr Makif’ (all-encompassing light), and the susceptibility of boundless Holiness (Makif) to appropriation by the forces of darkness.

The susceptibility of boundless Holiness to appropriation by the forces of darkness.

In this class, we will complete our discussion of the process described by the descriptive phase "זָכַרְתִּי לָךְ חֶסֶד נְעוּרַיִךְ" and introduce the concept that Mitzvos elicit ‘Ohr Makif’ (all-encompassing light).

We will see that the ‘makifim’ drawn down by the 248 positive mitzvos, by virtue of their boundlessness, can be accessed by forces of darkness and require protection through the fulfillment of the 365 negative commandments, i.e. avoidance of the forbidden.

Paradoxically, the protection afforded by negative mitzvos also comprises makkifim, but of a far higher order. This week’s shiur will initiate a lengthy and in-depth discussion of ohr makkif that will extend into the next maamer.

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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