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2022-09-06 – LH4 – YD1 – Avodas Elilim Akum 3 – Para. 3-4 – Idolatry; Medameh vs. Sechel – Illusion vs. Intelligence; Gavnin – Holy Light in Wealth is Revealed via Tzedakah

Avodas Elilim Akum 3. Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Idolatry; Holy Light in Wealth is Revealed via Tzedakah.

Hilkhos Avodas Elilim Akum 3 is based on Likutey Moharan 25.

00:00 – PARAGRAPH 3. Madameh is associated with the illusions of the material world. Sechel is the perception of emes – truth.
07:00 – The gavnin (holy light/metallic colors/attributes) of gold, silver, copper, etc. are aspects of sechel. The term avdus means serving, worshiping.
11:18 – Wherever there’s more potential for holiness, there’s more potential for evil.
13:40 – Q&R about the term “serving” as “worshiping”.
15:50 – PARAGRAPH 4. Why Am Yisrael acquired the wealth of Egypt before leaving. Reference to Likutey Moharan 54.
22:35 – NOTE about a non-Jewish teacher receiving a car from his Jewish students in appreciation for his dedication.
29:12 – Yosef HaTzaddik is an aspect of tzedakah.
34:32 – While Am Yisrael was involved with releasing the light within the Egyptian money, Moshe Rabbeinu was rescuing the bones of Yosef HaTzaddik.
*44:00 – How the concept of Yitzias Mitzrayim applies to each one of us today. Gavnin – holy light in wealth – is revealed via tzedakah.
44:41 – NOTE about a friend who was “on fire” to give tzedakah.
48:40 – Q&R about the crush of earning a living.
50:16 – NOTE about Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld ז”ל – “Running is reserved for mitzvos, not for money.”
52:27 – Q&R about the difference between tikkun habris and tikkun hamamon.  Reference to Likutey Halakhos, Orach Chaim 1, Tefilah 4.
54:24 – Q&R about the connection between Moshe Rabbeinu’s involvement with tzedakah (rescuing the bones of Yosef) while Am Yisrael’s involvement with gathering the wealth. This was a coordinated, two-step process.
57:05 – The Gemara recounts how the Egyptians brought a court case to Alexander the Great against Am Yisrael. Am Yisrael claimed back wages for their years of slavery and the Egyptians ran away.
60:00 – How the Egel HaZahav – Golden Calf – illustrates the connection between tikkun habris and money.

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