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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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