Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tzaddik Gomur?

When Reb Chiya wished to ascend to the heichal of Rebi Shimon Bar Yochai, he heard a voice come out and say:

"Whichever of you, before coming here, have converted the darkness of the world to light (holiness), and have transformed the bitter taste of their animal soul and evil inclination to sweetness (holiness).... - only those may enter."

I think 'transformed' is the key word here; to gain the 'Tzaddik Gomur/V'tov loi' status.

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