Penimius Hamakif (Distant Makif or Etzem Hamakif) and the Two Dimensions of Shmirah

As we learned previously, the Ohr Makkif elicited by Positive Mitzvos is vulnerable to parasitic invasion by Sitra Achra, and thus requires the protection afforded by the ‘distant’ Makkif associated with Negative Mitzvos.

Moreover, a second aspect of protection is required by the fact that positive commandments are done primarily with physical objects. The performance of the Mitzvah with the object “rescues” and elevates the sparks of Holiness contained therein. Nevertheless, since the sparks had been initially trapped in pure physicality, they are susceptible to relapse and require special protection.

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