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Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind
Based on Zohar Vayikra 85a
"You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind."

This verse is to be understood also to include one who has not yet reached the level to render Halachic decisions, yet does so. He caused the other to stumble on an obstacle before the World to Come by rendering a mistaken Halachic decision, which this man followed and thus blemished his portion in the World to Come.
From the Eye to the Soul...and Back
The Holy Ari
Sight is an outward projection of the soul to "grasp" the image of the object being looked at. If you look at a pure thing, its goodness will cling to the soul and it will have a good effect on the one who sees it. If, on the other hand, you look at impure things, you will be adversely affected and become like what you look at.
Favorable Judgments
Chasidic Masters
"In righteousness you shall judge your people"

The Talmud interprets this passage as referring to judging people favorably. The Baal Shem Tov further explains seeing this low thing in your friend should make you realize that you share a similar trait, and that there are judgments and accusations upon you, as well.
Hired By G-d
Contemporary Kabbalists
"You shall not withhold a worker's wage with you until morning."

Every time a Jew fulfills a mitzvah, he has carried out G-d's instruction. Yet G-d keeps the reward for the World to Come and does not reward us each day for the job for which we have been "hired" by our Creator will only be fully completed only after the Redemption. At that time we will immediately receive our pay in full.
After-Death Experience
Ascent Lights
"Do not enter the Temple just any time... so you would not die like Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu".

Nadav and Avihu's sin was that they wanted to get close to G‑d - to run to G‑d with no return, without remaining anchored to this world. Their death was not a punishment but rather a result of their running to the infinite without an anchor.
Silence Speaks
Mystic Story
1:17 Silence of the Wise
Pirkei Avot - 'Ethical Principles'
The heavenly roots of the soul are so beyond our comprehension that we must remain silent. However, just as the material side of man need not be dormant but can also play a significant and visible role when properly channeled and successfully restrained, so too the soul is stimulated to grow in its present form (encased within the body) and its heavenly roots can also be stimulated.
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