Samach Bais (01) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 01

Page 241. Questions and answers. Why all the details about where Avrohom is going from and such few details about where he’s going to? Because this is a spiritual journey, and you know where you are coming from but know little of where you will eventually reach. The future is being shown, later Hashem will...

Samach Bais (02) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 02

Page 241-2. Introducing the interface and difference between כחות and חושים. The כחות is long involved, and changing; while חושים have an immediate impact but isn’t so changing in and of itself. יונתי בחגוי הסלע בסתר המדריגות הראיני את מראיך השמיעיני את קולך וגו Like doves staring at one another is very deep but doesn’t...

Samach Bais (03) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 03

Page 242. When we look at Hashem He looks back at us. Through חושים one can skip many steps and go straight from מלכות to כתר.

Samach Bais (04) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 04

Page 242. 1) חושים don’t create יחוד and change, but they set up and inspire the birth and change that will follow. 2) תענוג is the expression of one’s infinity, but it is not useful in the reality of the limited complex lives we live. But the תענוג must (does) inspire it.

Samach Bais (05) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 05

Page 242-3. Chushim, including Seeing don’t create a Yichud and have children [that means create change] but they set it up. Seeing affects desire. Seeing affects one’s ability to learn.

Samach Bais (06) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 06

Page 243-4. The down side of חוש הראי’ה. Though it is very impactful it isn’t the Essence itself because it doesn’t change you. The other חושים are actually more פנימיות than seeing.

Samach Bais (07) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 07

Page 244. An interesting idea (understood בדרך אפשר) about seeing according to Chassidus and Torah: Every single creation has it’s own light; but the light doesn’t reach you (except by sunlight, which is why it is blinding), which is why seeing is not a חוש פנימי that transforms. The other חושים שמיעה ריח etc. are...

Samach Bais (08) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 08

Page 244. ראי’- המשכה יותר התאחדות פחותה. שאר חושים- התאחדות הנפש יותר, המשכת העצם פחות. The idea of כלות הנפש, where the soul expires and leaves the body is explained here, as the lower being uplifted in the higher etc. It is connected to the idea of התאחדות הנפש which is the same idea as...

Samach Bais (09) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 09

Page 244-5. Back to the question: how did Dovid (Malchus) “see” and reach and bring down directly from Kesser “Ayin” straight to himself in Malchus “אשא עיני אל ההרים מאין יבא עזרי” without going through the steps of Hishtalshelus? The answer will be through חושים and particularly the חוש הראי’ה. Hashem also by-passes when יאר...

Samach Bais (10) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 10

Page 245. Two types of Hishtalshelus: One: the gradual orderly one. In order for ideas and inspiration from Kesser to reach מלכות in a form of פנימיות it goes through various steps of התלבשות וצמצום.

Samach Bais (11) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 11

Page 245- 6. Another aspect of seeing, when someone great looks at you. It is very impacting but not internally transforming. The greatness of a person through his eyes.

Samach Bais (12) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 12

Page 245-6. An attempt at explaining what is the meaning of Kesser looking at Malchus, by discussing an אתערותא דלעילא that is not connected to an אתערותא דלתתא. Either the idea of וישכם לבן בבקר. or the idea of אתערותא דלעילא שלמעלה מאתערותא דלתתא אתערותא דלעילא.

Samach Bais (13) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 13

Page 245-6. The נמשל for כתר מסתכל על מלכות. Since it is the Etzem it is 1) Makif, 2) coming from the essence of אריך and not only from an הארה.

Samach Bais (14) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 14

Page 246-7. מלכות looking at אריך reveals the essence of אריך in a מקיף way. Like looking at a king. Anyone can look at a king but only special people can advise. Ironically, in a way, when seeing him you get more of him than when you serve him. משל: מודה אני.

Samach Bais (15) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 15

Page 247-9. The four rungs of the ladder of prayer. מודה אני: submission and acceptance, this state is where one’s mind and heart and senses are not manifest, and we have and all we can (and do) do is accept. סיפור שבחיו של מקום :פסוקי דזמרא we sing G-d’s praises about what He does for...

Samach Bais (16) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 16

Page 247-8. פסוקי דזמרא is like looking at the king: הסתכלות where you have the essence but it is not internal and transforming though it is very impactful. ברכות קריאת שמע is studying the king; not nearly as moving but much deeper, like the כחות.

Samach Bais (17) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 17

Page 248-9. What does praise change? It reveals (and in G-dliness’ case: creates) new energy through the praise. This is why Yidden are called יונתי as they “stare” at Him.

Samach Bais (18) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 18

Page 249. After we discussed יונתי, we explore now: 1) בחגוי הסלע, the גוף is called סלע because it is 1) דומם and 2) Hard like תהו. Hard and inflexible versus flexible and soft. 2) מדריגא refers to the נפש הבהמית which has various different types.

Samach Bais (19) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 19

Page 249- 251. The journey of the Neshama down which raises her higher than she was originally ירידה צורך עלי’ה is called “סתר”? Two explanations: A) When the journey begins the עלי’ה is only potential and “hidden” and has it’s work cut out for herself: 1. Elevate the Tohu within the body and animal soul,...

Samach Bais (20) - Lech Lecha 5662 - Class 20

Page 249-250. Merkava and what it means that Neshamos and Malachim carry “Him”. In this Ma’amar it is through Birur: when the Malachim are clarified and return to their source in Tohu, they are able to carry “Him” Adam HaElyon.