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When You Touch a Place that is Beyond Reason

Why the Joy of All Holidays, Besides Purim, Has a Limit

1 hr 19 min

Class Summary:

This class was presented on Monday Parshas Ki Sisa, 13 Adar, 5780, March 9, 2020, at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY 

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    Rachele -4 years ago

    Homon needed  kovoid of all sorts because he couldn’t find existence in himself. His existence was completely dependent on the external. Every persons bowing  was needed to validate his existence. And when one Jew would not bow down to him, in that moment he would feel no existence. Like with drugs what was enough for yesterday isn't enough for today. Real existence is always found internally never dependent on people or circumstances.
    Mordechai‘s ultimate expression of self and existence was to melt with Divine Existence. In a spiritual realm the soul knows that real existence is to  connect to it’s inner Mordechai.
    Mordechai could reconnect and heal all humanity to this inner truth: That existence is never found outside of ourselves.
    When on Purim we can connect to that truth a real bitul is possible.
    We can never reach a state of real bitul when we can’t connect to the Mordechai in ourselves.(We first have to identify the voices of Homon in us that tells us that bitul is abusive and it’s suicide).
    Purim is an opportunity not to be in the arena of fighting off the voices of Homon with the voices of Mordechai. We can be in a place of indifference as to what those voices are saying. In a space of complete transcendence. In-spite of the human condition of after the Eiz Hadas, having to always deal with the voices of Tov and ra, today, on Purim, perhaps we can be above that reality and be pre- eitz hadas. And invite the Divine to come join is back in the “ Purim garden”.

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

    My takeaway from the summary of  the maamer yesterday that  when you go deep deep into Hashem, into the infinite, the ein sof (literally, without end) at that level, FROM HIS POINT OF  VIEW, good and evil, haman and mordecai, melacha allowed on purim or not, doing what we think is betterment for our selves and living or giving up our life, i.e. ANY results of  the free choice of  any of us, ever, makes no difference to  him. Its beyond our knowledge, "ad delo yadei" until you don't know the  difference between Haman and  mordecai. That's beyond our seychel, our chochmah.
    BUT we are not Hashem and nowhere remotely close to that llevel. On our level we must turn away from bad and do good. We must do "borer", selection. We must extract sparks in our lifetime collective duty to reconnect and reassemble the world He first made and then fractured for us to fix.
    Very deep.
    The maamer explains, as I understand it, what the difference is good and  bad to His essence. None!
    ANY real dichotomy down here, even holy or evil is the same compared to  the  ultimate and essence of  infinity.
    So drunk or sober...
    Cursed be Haman or blessed be mordechai...
    Melacha (forbidden work on Shabbos or yom tov) or not...
    Doing stuff that makes sense to better one's self and life or sacrificing one's life...
    All the same compared to the essence of  Him, infinity.

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    Was the mountain over our heads force or not?

    If it was, the traditional view, then we "forced" into it and not real consent.  Then the acceptance of  Torah on purim rectified the lack of  consent.

    But, it wasn't real force but a huge bear hug, and we accepted by "force" of irresistible love, then there was no need for a later rectification of lack of  consent on Purim.

    Also, there was very real force on Purim, more of a gun  to the collective head, but not by Hashem to accept the  Torah but as collective facing annihilation by a  anti-semite doing teshuva.  That's not real consent either. 

    Notice both Pharoah and Haman were great "yeshists" besides being anti-semites. Connection? Maybe a yesh cannot stand the conscience of the world reminding everyone of a greater power. And so we become the scapegoats.  

    Notice both Mrs Potiphor and Haman had an incident falling on the bed of Yosef and Esther. 

    If the world was created and then deconstructed by Hashem for us to reconstruct and reunify   (gather the  sparks, reunify it all, raise and reconnect all disjointed parts of creation to their source); then the counter force and the obstacle to our avodah is the Ra that is Amalek in every generation, namely the anti-force to keep   separate  what we are working to unify. This starts with cooling our ardor to unify.

    To put it back together requires bittul. Yeshis prevents this. Mordechai (and Moshe) was the essence of  bittul. Haman (and Pharoah) was the essence of  yeshis. 

    Haman wanted yidden into his ditch.  To bury them!

    The simcha from.Shabbos and Yom tov came from above, from Hashem as a part of  it. The simcha of Purim came from us. 

    A not yet frum yid that sacrifice his life, literally, in an instant, reveals the  innermost part of  his immutable and untaintable neshoma. 

    Seychel agrees to  that which strengthens the self. It's very good but one can and should go further beyond the  self. To go beyond seychel takes emunah and sometimes measures nefesh, which is supra-logical.

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Torah Or Purim Chayav Einish 5780 #8

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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