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Beit Midrash Series Ein Ayah

Untying as One Is Elevated

Where was tying done in the Mishkan [which would make it a melacha on Shabbat]? Rava said: They would tie things to the stakes that held the tent in place. Abaye said: That [is not a melacha,] as it is tying while having in mind to untie it [as the Mishkan was periodically moved]?! Rather, said Abaye: It was when the weavers of the fabric sheets, upon a thread being broken, would tie it up.
Various RabbisCheshvan 16 5779
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Gemara: Where was tying done in the Mishkan [which would make it a melacha on Shabbat]? Rava said: They would tie things to the stakes that held the tent in place. Abaye said: That [is not a melacha,] as it is tying while having in mind to untie it [as the Mishkan was periodically moved]?! Rather, said Abaye: It was when the weavers of the fabric sheets, upon a thread being broken, would tie it up.



Ein Ayah: [The first piece relates to Abaye’s question, and relates to an idea that we saw last time, that one function of tying is to connect something that is not set to something that is set.]

Elevated divine thought purifies all other thoughts. When the thoughts of others are attached to divine thought, they cannot be permanently attached, because divine thought causes man to become elevated from one level to a higher level. Then, that which had at the time seemed to the person to be pure at a given moment, due to the divine light, will turn out to be dark and gloomy when the person already is on a higher level. Therefore, he will need to undo them and retie them at a new place and style them in a new form and with a different quality, which is brighter and grander. This is the idea of a connection to stakes of the tent being tied with the intention to untie.
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