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How one can achieve complete equivalence of form, so all one’s actions are to give to others, while man’s very essence is only to receive for oneself? By nature, we are unable to do even the smallest thing to benefit others... Indeed, I admit that this is a very difficult thing. One cannot change the nature of one’s own creation, which is only to receive for oneself, much less invert one’s nature from one extreme to the other, meaning to not receive anything for oneself, but rather act only to bestow. Yet, this is why the Creator gave us Torah and Mitzvot, which we were commanded to do only in order to bestow contentment upon the Creator. Had it not been for the engagement in Torah and Mitzvot Lishma (for Her Name), to bring contentment to the Creator with them, and not to benefit ourselves, there would have been no tactic in the world that could help us invert our nature. Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”

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How one can achieve complete equivalence of form so all one’s actions are to give to others while man’s very essence is only to receive for oneself By nature we are unable to do even the smallest thing to benefit others Indeed I admit that this is a very difficult thing One cannot change the nature of one’s own creation which is only to receive for oneself much less invert one’s nature from one extreme to the other meaning to not receive anything for oneself but rather act only to bestow Yet this is why the Creator gave us Torah and Mitzvot which we were commanded to do only in order to bestow contentment upon the Creator Had it not been for the engagement in Torah and Mitzvot Lishma (for Her Name) to bring contentment to the Creator with them and not to benefit ourselves there would have been no tactic in the world that could help us invert our nature Baal HaSulam “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”

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