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Mystical Mitzvahs, Active and Passive
The Ari introduces the Kabbalah of positive and negative commandments.
In this Torah portion, the Ari discusses the spiritual origins of the positive and negative commandments in relation to the Divine Name, the Tetragrammaton. The passive commandments are dependent upon the first two letters, yud-hei, and the active commandments are dependent upon the last two letters, vav-hei.
The Blessing of a Name
These three yud's form one of the 72 Names of G‑d.
The Divine attribute of forgiveness and mercy is indicated in Kabbala by the beard, which bypasses the usual channel of the throat. This signifies G-d's great mercy in bypassing the usual "rules" He has set up for creation, instead granting us mercy and forgiving us.
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