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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

The Lord Is Thy Shade

The Baal Shem Tov gave a clear sign by which to know how much the Creator is playing with one—to examine one’s own heart and see how much one is playing with the Creator. So are all the matters, by way of “the Lord is thy shade.”

Hence, one who still feels a distinction between “knowing” and “cherishing” still needs to unite the heart. This is so because from the Creator’s perspective, they are one and the same, and the Creator truly dwells in the heart of everyone from Israel. This is so from His perspective. Hence, does one need? Only to know it. The awareness changes and the awareness completes, and this is the meaning of “the Lord is thy shade.”

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