D’ei Chochmah L’Nafshechah Parshas R’ei
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“[You shall surely ]do away with all the places where the nations whom you aredriving out worship their gods, [whether they are] on the high mountains, on thehills, or under any luxuriant tree.”
The Impure Forces of Esav and Yishmael
Each person must [work to] subdue the
, the evil forces, of Yishmael andEsav. These are the “feet” [lowermost level] of the evil forces which are [a perversionof] the aspects of
/ Victory, and
of Yishmaelbelieves in the strength of a Supreme Power that can do as it pleases. However, it doesnot believe in reward for good acts or punishment for bad. Esav, on the other hand, doesbelieve in the aspect of reward and punishment for each action. However, he does notbelieve in the aspect of
, that Hashem is truly boundless. Esav believes in justice,but in human justice, not Divine.
]During these days that immediately precede [and comprise] the month of Elul,we must know that it is not enough to regret whatever bad we have done and repent—we must also combat the evil husks of Esav and Yishmael which are the feet [thesupport] of impurity. This is hinted at in the verse,
— “[You shall surely]do away with…” [The double language is usually translated with the preface “you shallsurely” to indicate doubled emphasis.] The word “” [destroy, in the singular] alludes
The lesson was delivered at the third meal of Shabbos.