Likutey Halakhos, Yoreh Deah 1, Ribis 5, Para. 16-17. Some Angels Opposed the Creation of Man; Obstacles to Truth Create Spiritual Potential. Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
Hilkhos Ribis 5 is based on Likutey Moharan 51.
00:00 – PARAGRAPH 16. When Hashem was about to create Adam He consulted with the angels and some angels opposed the creation of man (Midrash Rabah Bereishis 8). חֶֽסֶד־וֶֽאֱמֶ֥ת נִפְגָּ֑שׁוּ צֶ֖דֶק וְשָׁל֣וֹם נָשָֽׁקוּ – “Kindness and truth met; righteousness and peace kissed” (Tehillim 85:11).
02:46 – Hashem cast אמת – truth – down to the earth in order to create man. How can there be a difference between אמת and Hashem Yisborach?
05:37 – Hashem created the world so mankind would be able to search for Him and honor Him.
09:28 – כָּעֵ֗ת יֵֽאָמֵ֤ר לְיַֽעֲקֹב֙ וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל מַה־פָּעַ֖ל אֵֽל – “In time it will be said to Yaakov and Yisrael, ‘What has Hashem done?’ (Bamidbar 23:23, Balak) (Bava Basra).
10:34 – Why some angels opposed the creation of man.
11:36 – מְ֜אֹ֗ד עָֽמְק֥וּ מַחְשְׁבֹתֶֽיךָ – “…Your thoughts are very deep” (Tehillim 92:6).
14:42 – There is only one truth, but it contains many levels of refinement.
20:21 – כָּל לָשׁוֹן הָרַע שֶׁאֵין בּוֹ דְּבַר אֱמֶת בִּתְחִילָּתוֹ אֵין מִתְקַיֵּים בְּסוֹפוֹ – “Any slander that does not begin with a truthful statement ultimately does not stand.” (Sotah 35a).
25:50 – BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE about the teshuvah of a member of the Syrian community.
36:18 – The more diversity – the more potential for sheker. Example: being overwhelmed by diversity of products when food shopping.
33:54 – PARAGRAPH 17. Obstacles to truth create spiritual potential. עָשָׂ֧ה הָֽאֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֖ם יָשָׁ֑ר וְהֵ֥מָּה בִקְשׁ֖וּ חִשְּׁבֹנ֥וֹת רַבִּֽים – “…for Hashem made man straight, but they sought many intrigues” (Koheles 7:29)
41:49 – ס֥וֹף דָּבָ֖ר הַכֹּ֣ל נִשְׁמָ֑ע אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֤ים יְרָא֙ וְאֶת־מִצְוֹתָ֣יו שְׁמ֔וֹר כִּי־זֶ֖ה כָּל־הָֽאָדָֽם – “The end of the matter, everything having been heard: fear Hashem and keep His commandments, for this is the entire man” (Koheles 12:13).
44:20 – בְּרָב־עָ֥ם הַדְרַת־מֶ֑לֶךְ – “The King’s glory is in a multitude of people…” (Mishlei 14:28).
45:00 – Reference to 2Likutey Moharan 2.
45:40 – The first mitzvah in the Torah is the commandment to inhabit the world.
48:30 – שְׁלַח־אֽוֹרְךָ֣ וַֽ֖אֲמִתְּךָ הֵ֣מָּה יַנְח֑וּנִי יְבִיא֥וּנִי אֶל־הַר־קָדְשְׁךָ֗ וְאֶל־מִשְׁכְּנוֹתֶֽיךָ – “Send Your light and Your truth, that they may lead me; they shall bring me to Your Holy Mountain and to Your dwellings” (Tehillim 43:3).
49:46 – וְֽ֠הָיָה מִסְפַּ֚ר בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ כְּח֣וֹל הַיָּ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־יִמַּ֖ד וְלֹ֣א יִסָּפֵ֑ר וְֽ֠הָיָה בִּמְק֞וֹם אֲשֶׁר־יֵֽאָמֵ֚ר לָהֶם֙ לֹֽא־עַמִּ֣י אַתֶּ֔ם יֵֽאָמֵ֥ר לָהֶ֖ם בְּנֵ֥י אֵֽל־חָֽי – “And the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which shall neither be measured nor counted; and it shall come to pass that, instead of saying to them, ‘You are not My people,’ it shall be said to them, ‘The children of the living Hashem’ “ – (Hoshea 2:1).
52:00 – Q&R about how to find the tzaddik today.
54:35 – Closing blessings.