July 15, 2017
by Rabbi Mendel Kessin
Synopsis is not necesarrily in Rabbi Kessin's own words
What is the source of good and evil?
The flow of divine energy
- Good & evil are dependant on ha’orah and hester
- Hashem always sends out a consistent amount of ha’orah. Our actions and intent determine how receptive we are to it and to what degree we are blocked from it.
- In this way Hashem acts like a shadow
- Each Jew is are assigned to a specific area where he is to enable the ha’orah to be received, thus being mesaken that area.
- When hester is caused, the Satan and his minions fill the void and cause destruction.
- The tragedy of Tisha B’Av is not just that we caused a major hester, but that we enabled the destructive forces to have more power to destroy.
- The bais hamikdash was a place where there was no blockage
General classifications of entities in creation
- The 2 major classifications are the physical and the spiritual
- Hashem is neither physical nor spiritual. He Himself transcends both.
- What He actually is us unknowable to us. We can only know Him as he manifests in creation and what His acts are within it.
- The 7 elements of the physical realm
- No one really knows what these actually are
- We don’t really know what the elements of the spiritual realm are
Life on other planets
- The search for life on other planets is driven by the desire for an excuse not to have the responsibility that comes with belief in Hashem.
- Even if intelligent life is found, it wouldn’t be a contradiction to torah.
- The fact that life started there at all should lead to belief in Hashem.
- The brilliance that compels the belief in a creator is the complexity of creation as opposed to the design alone.
- Ha’orah – Enlightenment / Divine energy shining on something
- Hester – Concealment
- Mesaken – Fix
- Tisha B’Av – Jewish day of mourning for the tragedies that befell Jewery throughout history, primarily focusing on the destruction of both temples.
- Bais Hamikdosh – The holy temple