Listen to Me, You Stubborn-Minded

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1) Why was Abraham rewarded more than all his contemporaries with the Creator telling him, “Go forth”? And He said, “Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded, who are far from righteousness.” Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded,” meaning how hard are the hearts of the wicked, who see the trails and ways of Torah, the internality and externality of the Torah—the trails are the internality and the ways are the externality—and do not look at them. Their hearts are hard since they do not return to their Maker in repentance. This is why they are called, “Stubborn-hearted who are far from righteousness,” meaning far from the Torah, and hence far from righteousness.

2) They are called “Stubborn-hearted because they are far from the Creator. It writes, “Who are far from righteousness” because they do not wish to draw near the Creator. And since they are far from righteousness, they are far from peace, as it is written, “‘There is no peace,’ said the Lord to the wicked,” since they are far from righteousness.

From the side of her Din [judgment], Malchut is called Tzedek [justice], without the letter Hey [at the end of Tzedek, which would make it Tzedakah, righteousness]. In the great Zivug of Tzadik and Tzedek, when the Nukva rises and clothes Ima, she is called Tzedakah [righteousness]. In other words, she becomes Rachamim. This is so because she received the letter Hey of Ima, since she clothes her. And through the MAN that the righteous raise to the Nukva while she is called Tzedek, they cause a high Zivug, and Tzedek turns into Tzedakah, that is, the Din becomes Rachamim [mercy].

This is the meaning of the words, “Listen to Me, you stubborn-minded.” Because they are stubborn-hearted and do not raise MAN by looking in the Torah and by penance, they are remote from Tzedakah, since they are in Dinim de [of] Tzedek, without the letter Hey—the Mochin de Ima.

And because they draw far from the Torah and do not raise MAN for the high Zivug, they are far from Tzedakah [righteousness] and are in Dinim de Tzedek. Thus, they have no love for the Creator and they are far from turning the Tzedek into Tzedakah, meaning the Din into Rachamim, for they are not raising MAN for Zivug. And because they are far from Tzedakah, they are far from peace. Also, because they do not raise MAN to turn the Tzedek into Tzedakah, they have no peace, since they do not cause the high Zivug called “peace.” Thus, peace does not shine upon them.

3) Abraham wanted to bring himself closer to the Creator, and he did, as it is written, “You have loved Tzedek [justice/rightness] and hated wickedness.” Because he loved Tzedek and hated wickedness, he grew closer to Tzedakah [righteousness]. In other words, because he loved Tzedek, he raised MAN for a high Zivug and the Tzedek became Tzedakah for him. This is why it is written, “Abraham who loves Me,” since it is written about him, “You have loved righteousness,” which is the love of the Creator, for Abraham loved Him more than all his contemporaries, who were stubborn-hearted and far from righteousness.

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