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There are two kinds of hiding.  Hiding is a very very deep thing.  There is hiding from and there is hiding with.  Hiding from is the most lonesome thing in the world because a person is lonesome anyway.

 

According to our holy tradition, there are only 600,000 souls in the world, like the 600,000 who came out of Egypt.  The Torah, the five books of Moses, has 600,000 letters.  Each soul, like a flame, has little candles.  If you’re very, very close to someone maybe you belong to the same flame.  If you meet somebody with no connection, maybe my letter-flame is in the middle of the Torah and his is at the end of the Torah.

 

When you write the Holy Scroll, each letter has to be alone.  It has to be surrounded by some white paper.  A letter has to be alone, otherwise it stops being a letter.  So a person has to be a little bit alone otherwise you stop being you.

 

Without saying anything bad; some husbands and wives, they sit on each other’s neck forty-eight hours a day.  It’s beautiful, but after a while it’s not so beautiful, because every person has to have a time just to be a little bit alone.

 

If you’re hiding, this is heartbreaking aloneness, unbearable aloneness.  This is the lowest existence there is – hiding from.  The highest existence is – the highest not being aloneness, this is when you are hiding with.

 

There’s a hiding of hell and hiding of Heaven.  In hell you’re hiding from G-d, from the whole world, because you did so much wrong you don’t know what to do with yourself.  Heavenly hiding is hiding with.

 

Adam and Eve didn’t know what it means to hide together.  They hadn’t learned it yet.  Their first connection to each other was that they were hiding from G-d.  They learned a little bit;  at least they were together.  Eventually they learned how to hide together, not from, just together.

Fire in this world destroys.  Fire from Heaven rebuilds and strengthens. The fire that destroys is fire from the Romans, from this world, from Western civilization, from coldness, from not caring, from knowing everything.

 

 


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