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Refreshing Deserts of the Soul
Every person must create a dwelling-place for G-d within himself.
Every person must create a tabernacle within himself; he must allow divinity to be revealed in his being. This is achieved through prayer - purification of the heart. When the heart is purified, divine reality becomes apparent in the world.
Fasting While Eating
Live in This World without becoming subservient to it
This parasha presents the concept of the Nazir, the consecrated one who vows not to partake of grape products, cut his hair, or voluntarily become defiled for the dead. The Sefat Emet explains that a man must learn "…to be detached from the desires of the physical world, yet at the same time live a worldly existence".
Heavy Lifting
The pleasure of sin derives from the sparks of the Primordial Kings that fell during the Shattering of the Vessels into the Bright Shell.
The pleasure of sin derives from the sparks of the Primordial Kings that fell during the Shattering of the Vessels into the Bright Shell. It is the role of human beings to uplift these sparks to their supernal root through the path of Torah and mitzvot, and in the case of sin, through the act of repentance.
Kabbalistic Hair Styles
Such a person ought to let his hair grow and grow
A nazirite is prohibited to cut his hair. The Chasidic masters teach that hairs act as "straws" transmitting profound and inaccessible energy. Each strand of hair, shaped like a straw, communicates a level of soul-energy that due to its intensity cannot be communicated directly, only through the "straw" of hair, through the contracted, and curtailed medium of hair, which dilutes the intense energy.
Between Routine and Passion
The Kohen represents the orderly and routine, the day-in-day-out service of the Temple, and thus has short and tamed hair. In direct contrast, the Nazir goes with long untamed hair that suggests the non-orderly and the rebellious, a breaking of the status quo.
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