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32. A Lot Is an Awakening from Above

I heard on Terumah 4, February 10, 1943

A lot is an awakening from above, when the lower one does not assist in anything. This is the meaning of “cast Pur,” “the lot.” Haman was complaining and said, “neither keep they the king’s laws.”

It means that enslavement begins for the worker in a state of Lo Lishma (not for Her Name), meaning for self-reception. Hence, why was the Torah given to them, because afterwards they are granted Lishma (for Her Name) and they are given the Lights and the attainment of supremacy?

Then comes the complainant and asks, “Why are they given these sublime things for which they did not work and did not hope, but their every thoughts and goals were only things that concern their own needs, called Lo Lishma”? This is the meaning of “The wicked may prepare it , but the just will wear it.”

It means that he was previously working in a state of wicked, meaning Lo Lishma, but for the receiver. Afterwards he was awarded Lishma, meaning that all the work enters the domain of Kedusha (Sanctity), meaning everything to bestow. This is the meaning of, “the just will wear it.”

This is the meaning of Purim as Yom Kippurim (Day of Atonement). Purim is an awakening from Above, and Yom Kippurim is an awakening from below, meaning through repentance. However, there is awakening from Above there, too, corresponding to the lots that were there, “one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for Azazel,” and the Creator is the scrutinizer.

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