After seeing Dixie Yid’s post about “Imagination Verses Intellect-Not What You Think“, I purchased the mp3 of this shiur. As you may guess, it was excellent (in fact, there hasn’t been a shiur from Rav Weinberger that I haven’t heard, live or as an mp3, that hasn’t “hit me”).
Just to expand what Dixie Yid so beauifully posted, I transcribed a little more. Any mistakes are mine.
Rav Weinberger says:
There is one of the most unbelievable opening sentences to anything that was ever written. Rebbe Yisrael Salanter, the first sentence in the Igeres Hamussar. “Ha’adam asur b’muskalo“, listen carefully, it’s a sentence for life. But not like they have in jail. A sentence for life to live with, to be free. “Ha’adam asur b’muskalo, v’chofshi b’dimyono.” In English, man is imprisoned by his mind, assur meaning imprisoned ,by what he knows, by his knowledge, by his neshama. V’chofshi b’dimyono, but his dimyon, imagination, his delusions of his guf, free him and give him the impression that he can make any choice that he likes.