“You Shall Not Deliver A Slave To His Master”

laitman_253Torah, Deuteronomy 23:16 – 23:17: You shall not deliver a slave to his master if he seeks refuge with you from his master. [Rather,] he shall [be allowed to] reside among you, wherever he chooses within any of your cities, where it is good for him. You shall not oppress him.

If master wants to kill a slave or cause him some damage, you must hide him and then somehow return him to his master. It means that if some desire can’t succeed while undergoing correction, then there is a whole system of connections of several desires that together can make a correction.

Therefore, any desire that is part of another desire can always be corrected by this other desire. There is always a connection.

The interesting fact is that we never or in any way correct ourselves, but always correct our inclusion in others or inclusion of others in us. After all, I don’t even know who I am. I only know how I treat others and how others treat me in the relationship between us.

However, we know neither who “I” am nor who “another” is. Our “I” remains outside of us, whereas connections between us are revealed to us, and exactly in them we attain the Creator.

Question: When we speak about desire, do we mean the desire that is directed to the connection?

Answer: Of course, because brother, father, wife, children, slave, virgin, and so on are just different types of connections between us. The shattering is a destruction of these connections. For example, if we take shards of a pot, then they by themselves are whole, we just need to glue them together properly. It turns out that we are always brewing “the glue.”

There are desires that don’t have their own intention. They can be corrected only by joining them to other desires with intention.

A “master” is one who has big desires with correct intentions and who can attract other desires to himself and correct them with his intention. Let’s say you are a master relative to me. It means that you take some of my desires, we connect with each other, and I seemingly correct these desires by becoming included in you. In reality, you correct them with your intention, with your Masach (screen).

Therefore, when it is said that the master wants to kill his slave, it means that the Masach can’t correct him. Someone else has to do it. In other words, we always just correct others and not ourselves.

A person doesn’t know and will never know himself because this relates to the prerogative that is above the attainment of the Creator, to what is called Atzmuto. And we just correct the connections between us. As it is written, “Make your desire like his,” which means that I always correct others in myself.

Question: Do I become “Israel” when I begin to understand this and work on this?

Answer: Yes, this is a completely different level of attitude toward the world. The world becomes different. You have a different attitude to people, to yourself, and to your role. You look at everyone and understand what is happening to them, with whom it is worth meeting or not, and for what, how, if you are ready for this communion or not, and so on.

This presents a very interesting problem: who you are in contact with, in what way, and with those who you meet in life, should you distance yourself from them or can you get closer?
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/19/16

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  1. Absolutely perfect article. a.) It deals with many issues those interested in this encounter. b.) It makes one aware no matter what stage or where they might be how to analyze the situation in a different way (not so easy of course to actually practice..at all…) and c.) simply Thank you because hopefully whoever reads this, and cares, can begin looking at things differently. Excellent.

  2. Great article. This helps me find happiness in every encounter, whether “bad” or “good”, it is all, if you allow it, internal growth.

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