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1:1 The Force of Transmission
The Arizal explains secrets about the transmission of the commandments.
inasmuch as our holy Torah "is longer than the earth and wider than the sea", only Moses had the power to receive it easily. But Moses had to transmit it to Joshua forcefully. Since Joshua transmitted to many people, force was not required, for amongst many people, one will remember most of what he learned, another most of what he learned.

But as the generations wore on, human intellect diminished, until even transmission from the many to the many required power. It is therefore stated that "the prophets transmitted it to the Men of the Great Assembly."
1:3 For the Love of G-d
We must serve G-d with our emotions
It is not intellectual understanding which motivates the performance of mitzvot, but emotional qualities of the heart. Only true love of G-d will prompt a person to fulfill His mitzvot, the 248 positive commandments. Similarly, reverence for Him will restrain him from doing anything against G-d's Will by transgressing the 365 prohibitions.
1:13 The Danger of Utilizing Divine names
By Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Those who have learned from the books of the Kabbalists how to use the holy Divine Names in order to perform supernatural occurrences have no share in the World to Come. If an individual requires a blessing for a certain salvation, he should seek out true Torah scholars, for G d will surely hear their prayers.
1:14 "If I Am Not…"
"In what way is my worship important to G·d?"
"If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am for myself, what am I?"

The Baal Shem Tov taught that if one has negated his/her existence to G·d, then no foreign thoughts can distract them.
1:14 When I am I
Kabbalah reveals the mystical meaning behind the Mishna.
If one does not grasp hold of malchut, representing the authority of G-d, and accept upon oneself the Yoke of Heaven, what holiness is there in emulating any of the sefirot?
1:17 Silence of the Wise
Our Sages teach, "Wine and spice lead to wisdom."
The heavenly roots of the soul are so beyond our comprehension that we must remain silent. However, just as the material side of man need not be dormant but can also play a significant and visible role when properly channeled and successfully restrained, so too the soul is stimulated to grow in its present form (encased within the body) and its heavenly roots can also be stimulated.
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