Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Rabbi Levi Yitschak of Berditchev wrote a commentary on Parsha Emor that begins with speaking to the Kohanim, the sons of Aharon, and say to them the Kohen must not become defiled on pain of death.
The subject here deals with the four different universes (Assiyah, Yetsirah, Briyah and Atzilut). In each of these worlds there is life and death. We here in this world experience both life and death. We also are able to visualize life and death in Olam HaYetsirah, the world just above us. For want of a better term we will call this world “Deber” the world of speech. According to the Torah, HaShem created it by speech. When a human being abuses the power of speech, speaking “Loshon hora” uttering vain things or even lies that person is perceived as killing life in the domain of Yetsirah.
When a human being employs the power of speech constructively that individual is considered as giving life to the world of Yetsirah. This condition is called “life” has already been referred to by King Salmon (Proverbs 18:21) “Life and death are in the power of speech”. Abuse of the power of speech is the most important element to guard against if you want to serve HaShem.
Dedicated to Rene and Alicia Ybarra