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104. And the Saboteur Was Sitting

I heard on the eve of Shabbat, Beresheet, October 1942

In The Zohar, Noah, there was a flood, and the saboteur was sitting in the midst of it. He asked, “A flood means a flood of water. This, in itself, is deadly and a saboteur. So what does it mean that the saboteur was sitting in the midst of it, in the midst of the flood? And also, what is the difference between the flood and the saboteur?”

And he replied that the flood is corporeal torments, meaning torments of the body. And within it, meaning within the torments of the body, there is yet another saboteur, who sabotages spirituality. This means that the afflictions of the body bring him alien thoughts, until these alien thoughts sabotage and kill his spirituality.

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