The Two Commandments: Reception And Bestowal

560Baal Sulam, “The Peace”: In general examination, we find that there are only two Mitzvot to follow in society. These can be called 1) “reception” and 2) “bestowal.” This means that each member must, by nature, receive his needs from society and must benefit society through his work for its well-being. And if one breaks one of these two Mitzvot, he will be mercilessly punished.

Question: If Baal HaSulam believed that there were only two commandments, then where should we place the Ten Commandments? Are these two are divided in 10, 613?

Answer: We lay this all out depending on our states, relationships, etc. But in reality, what else is there in nature beside reception and bestowal? Nothing!

Question: Is this like the fact that there are 365 days, so many hours, and so many seconds in a year, that is, the two main commandments are divided into auxiliary ones?

Answer: Yes. In nature, there is nothing but plus and minus. But when you start introducing them into relationships between people, you lay out people, their relationships, and each person in relation to yourself and others, and then you get a huge number of conditions—to receive and to bestow. And you must somehow bring this together into one system. This, in principle, is described in the Torah.

Comment: Rabbi Akiva went even further claiming that there is one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

My Response: It prevails over these two so that both reception and bestowal are only for the sake of others.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/26/19

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