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Thursday, 04 August 2011 17:26
Maamarim for Parshas Masei.
ViHikrisem Luchem Arim 5712
This is the first class on this Maamar.We explore the question of what (really) is the difference between K'dusha and K'lipa, if both come from Hashem and both would not exist without Him what really is the difference?
We are introduced to the idea of 'Chai BiKiyum Atzmi'.
 The second part of the Maamar addresses 1) how Klipa developed, being at first only a protector of the K'dusah not really opposing K'dusha untill after the first sin.
2) Then Klipa and K'dusha were black and white, now there only shades of grey.
3) The Arei Miklat has to do with this inexactitude, that not only protects but actually heals.
This 10 Shvat Ma'amar connected to the completing of the Moshiach's Sefer Torah is very connected to Parshas Masei.
להבין ענין כתיבת ספר תורה ה'תש"ל
Introduction to the idea of edited Ma'amarim. 
The face has three levels: 1) Large holes [ears, nose, mouth etc.], 2) hair, 3) the face itself.
These three levels are understood in two opposite ways, in terms of revelation the first reveals the most, but in the essence the last reveals the essence itself [חכמת אדם תאר פניו]
The idea of  אמת revealed through the seventh of the 13 Middso of Rachamim, the face.
The idea of writing a Sefer Torah is like ויכתוב משה...
Every Sefer Torah written reveals this level of אמת.
This Ma'amar explains that the Torah is an eternal practical lesson and in that spirit the 42 journeys are explained.
The life of the person and the day of the person have 42 journeys from leaving the exile and constraint of the womb and the bed until one reaches the highest levels.
Each higher level makes the level before seem like an exile.
There is a need for מסירת נפש in the degree of growth from level to level.
We are helped by Moshe and Aharon; the help continues even after they've passed away.
ירדן יריחו= מורח ודאין לעתיד לבא.
אלה מסעי ה'תשמ"ב.
The classic discussion of Chassidus on this Possuk is repeated here. 
The journeys from Egypt and through the desert are ירידה צורך עלי'ה on two levels:
1) The Yidden have an Aliya.
2) They took along and elevated the sparks of Mitzrayim.
Thus the departure is really taking Egypt along. Thus the reference to the travels. 
In this class the Avoda relevance of the recounting of the Jewish journey us explained and it helps us answer questions that (otherwise) remained unanswered. In other words: The Avoda assists the Haskala.
 מוצאיהם למסעיהם and מסעיהם למןצאיהם are two aspects of the Journey of life:
1) From the top down; Mitzvos. 2) from the bottom up: Prayer.
The power behind both is Torah.
this si why the recounting must involve both Moshe and Aharon as they represent these two themes.  
These Journeys set up all the Birurim in history.
Though the desert has nothing to elevate (Birurim) and settle (Dira BiTachtonim), it is the defeat of the Shoresh of Klipa, so that the lesser Klipos can have an Alikya. 
The meaning of the recalling the Masei- the Journeys of the Jews as they left Egypt and traveled towards Eretz Yisroel.
Two different Chassidic interpretations, provide different versions of these Pesukim, one based on the idea that the Journey is about elevating God's world with Godliness and the second is about the "Yerida Tzorech Aliya" of the Neshama. The Soul (we) benefite from this Journey.
The Rebbe suggests that from the perspective of the Soul's benefite (rather than the divine benefite of Dira BiTachtonim) being in Egypt is positive and the departure from Egypt constitutes the beginning of the Yerida!