Biblical Faith – with Sam Peak
Inner Dimension Parshiyot studies available Sunday-Friday.
The Root of “Calf”
The Hebrew word for “calf” is egel, עגל. This root in Hebrew means “round.” Roundness is a neutral phenomenon. It can be either positive or negative.
Negative roundness is when a person follows the cycles of nature, without recognizing G-dliness and Divine Providence in the world. (The Hebrew word for “nature,” teva, is also circular, and means “ring.”) G-dliness and the path of Torah is straightness. If a person is immersed only in the cycles of nature, he will continuously revolve and never penetrate the confines of the circle. (This circle can also be a negative political circle.)
Positive roundness is the constant spiral-like motion that is always in ascent toward G-dliness.