Three Conditions to Become Impure: Likkutei Sichos Shmini
Are You Human? Are You a Giver? Are You Disconnected?
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This is a text-based class on a talk delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in the year 5745 (1984), published in Likkutei Sichos vol. 27, Parshas Shemini. Rambam outlines three conditions under which food might become impure. 1. It must be edible for human consumption. 2. The food must come in contact with one of the seven liquids, water, dew, oil, wine, milk, blood, or honey. 3. The food must be disconnected from its source in the ground. Every law in Judaism is to be understood physically, but also spiritually, charting the emotional and spiritual path of the Jew. The class explores the spiritual significance of these three conditions as it reflects man's service of G-d. This class answers, among other ideas, these questions: Who is most prone to addiction, contamination and emotional and spiritual ruin? The more brute people or the more sensitive souls? Who are more vulnerable to fall prey? Dry people, or “moist” people, those who take or those who love giving? How do we protect ourselves in a complicated and overwhelming world?