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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

Letter No. 53

1928, London

To my soul mate ... may his candle burn:

...Indeed, you have caused me much work concerning the separation and hatred that has been sown and grown among you to an extent that I did not foresee. Each of the students, may they live forever, is like an organ in my own body, and behold, there is no peace among my bones due to my sin. Therefore, I must begin to cleanse myself like a newborn baby until I merit making peace between the students, may they live forever.

In truth, prior to my departure from my home I hoped that I would be rewarded with seeing all the kids (young goats) as grownup goats in my return, for which I have taken upon myself these man’s jolts and huge troubles, which I had never experienced previously, nor even something near it. Because of it, I truly have been rewarded with great and wonderful salvation for all of you, and the doors of heaven have been opened over us.

However, the separation and the hatred, whose only root is in the Klipot [shells/peels] and the yeast of the Klipot have been against us, obstructing our ways because through there, the Klipot have found a way to sneak into the bodies and twist the holy channels.

I need not interpret for you the measure of longing and sorrow that you have caused me by that. I openly admit that until now I did not understand the ARI, who so regretted the dispute that occurred within his group until the manuscript came through. Now I see that there is none so wise as the experienced. And yet, I hope to mend everything upon my return home.

The prophet asks and answers, “What does the Lord require of you? Only to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” These words are very profound, and who will find them?

It is brought in The Zohar: “The Creator has three worlds, and this is the meaning of “Holy, Holy, Holy,” concerning the abovementioned three worlds. And in each one, the whole earth is full of His glory.” Interpretation is according to the words, “Justice and laware the foundation of Your throne.” It is also written “Open for me the gates of justice,” and it is known that justice becomes Godliness to you, such as a word of Godliness, etc.

Yehuda Leib

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