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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, “Death by a kiss”

When Maimonides writes of the death of Moses our Master, he formulates the matter in a unique way:

“And what befell him was death, for us …but life, for him, considering the level to which he ascended. “

He does not say that Moses died, for such a thing does not pertain to people like Moses our Master.

The tzaddik did leave this world, but this is a completely different level, involving “death by a kiss” – man’s soul “kisses” God.

The small fire meets the large fire and is included in it.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz