Ana Beko'ach (20) Separating Good From Bad
Based on the sefer Ana Beko'ach by Rav Chaim Cohen (the Chalban). P82. Birth is the most clear expression of gevurah, that the baby is pushed into this world. Chesed and ahavah (love) is the power of turning two into one, of unifying. Gevurah is all about making a separation and distance between things. The responsibility of Am Yisrael in this world is to uncover the nitzotzos (sparks) in everything through separating the tov (good) from the ra (bad), and then perfecting the tov. Pesach is about rushing, while chametz is about being stuck in one place. The body keeps and integrates the tov, and rejects the ra. Tefillah (prayer) is the ideal of all worlds, since all of existence is yearning to return to its source. The whole world knows that their destiny is tied into Am Yisrael doing the necessary tikkunim. All things that we like are connected to the shoresh (root) of our neshama. Yaakov taught his sons niggunim (songs) of Eretz Yisrael so that they could survive Egypt.