Saturday, August 12, 2017
Rabbi Mendel Kessin
Synopsis is not necesarrily in Rabbi Kessin's own words
We didn't always need the bais hamikdosh to experience Hashem's presence.
Essential Concepts In Creation
- Hashem conceals who He is and His presence. He hides the haorah.
- The essential nature of the briah, called the Olam, is that it’s a place where He can be hidden
- The ability to manipulate the level of hester was given to humans, and then exclusively to the Jews
- The concept of change
- The concept and reality of pirud
- The true reality is ain od Milvado – nothing exists but Him
- The fact that we experience an existence that’s separate from Hashem is an illusion
- This is the concept of zulaso
- When the universe reaches the state of Olam Habah this distinction will become blurred. We will experience an existent as being partially a part of Him, as an arm is a separate entity but is nonetheless part of the body. We will feel some sense of self but also that part of Him and He is part of you. This is diveukus.
The Presence of Hashem
- Adam Kadmon is the first being in creation that was classified as a zulaso
- Adam kadmon is the set of 10 sefiros
- We are called Adam since we resemble that form
- Each level in creation is characterized by lesser degree of the revelation of presence of Hashem
- Primary location of presence of Hashem in a given reality is called the makom hamikdosh. Examples include:
- The bais hamikdosh
- The mishkon
- The burning bush
- In these times, the kosel
- Shuls are places of lesser revelation that allow people to experience some level of revelation even far from the makom hamikdosh itself.
- These places are characterized by a requirement to remove one’s shoes in order to effect an attachment between the person and the presence of Hashem that resides in the ground there.
- The primary location of the presence of Hashem and It’s true point of entry into the briah is the neshamah of a Jew. An external makom hamikdos was only needed after the chet haeigel and even then, only as a catalyst to make us significantly aware of the connection between the presence of Hashem and our neshamah
- The 10 sefiros are sub-divided into a total of 613 parts. These parts produce the neshamah, which itself has 613 corresponding parts. The Neshamah resides in a body which also has 613 corresponding parts. Each mitzvah corresponds to one of the parts of the sefiros, so doing a mitzvah causes a tikun to that part via the body and neshamah
- Neviim were trained to accomplish this without a makom hamikdosh
- During the time of Mashiach Jews will grow and finally reach such a high level that this connection will be easily achievable without an external makom hamikdosh