Musar - Ethics of the Sages #8 | HaRav Ashlag - Vital Transformation

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Musar – Ethics of the Sages #8 | HaRav Ashlag

January 25, 2022

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Eliyahu takes us through ‘Sugiyot’ (discussions) on the Torah from Rav Ashlag.

The discourse revolves around the themes of light and wisdom, the preparation of vessels to receive this divine light, and the concept of Tikkun (rectification or repair) in the context of Kabbalistic cosmology.

The narrative begins with the acknowledgment that revealing secrets can be both enlightening and potentially harmful if not handled correctly. It emphasizes the importance of preparing vessels (analogous to individuals or souls) to properly receive and contain the divine light of wisdom, highlighting this as the essence of Tikkun. This preparation involves elevating one’s capacity to desire more deeply and broadly, thereby enhancing the vessel’s ability to hold the divine light.

The discussion further explores the limitations placed by the emanator (God) on the light of wisdom, allowing it to be revealed only in Malkhut (the Kingdom, representing the material world). This concept is illustrated through the metaphor of kings and limitations, suggesting that the divine light of wisdom is deliberately constrained to facilitate the process of creation and to ensure that vessels can undergo Tikkun by expanding their capacity to receive divine light.

The video delves into the structure of the Sefirot (divine emanations) and their interactions, highlighting how the Sefirot of Binah (Understanding) evolves to draw the light of Hesed (Kindness or Mercy), transforming the desire to receive into a desire to give. This transformation is central to the process of Tikkun, enabling the vessels to align more closely with the divine will and the nature of the emanator.

The narrative also touches on the concept of the three levels of Adam (humanity) and the interplay between judgment and mercy, illustrating how the divine light of wisdom ultimately ends up in Binah after undergoing various stages of restriction and elevation. This process creates a three-column system, representing balance and harmony between giving, receiving, and the mediation between these forces.

The discussion concludes with a reflection on the cosmic cycle of creation, fall, and repair, where vessels initially designed to receive the divine light shatter due to their inability to contain it, leading to a state of exile (Galut). The broken vessels and the hidden light represent the challenges humanity faces in returning to a state of unity with the divine. Tikkun involves both ascending from below to above to repair the breach and descending from above to below to reclaim and elevate the fallen sparks of divinity.

Overall, the video offers a profound exploration of Kabbalistic themes, emphasizing the dynamic process of creation, limitation, fall, and repair as central to the divine plan and the soul’s journey towards enlightenment and unity with the Creator.

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