The second (more fully developed) “vegetable” stage comes next. It’s a more vigorous one than the inanimate stage, and the ratzon l’kabel prevails over each and every one of its details. For, each detail moves along on its own, length- and width-wise, (even) reaching to the sun.
This stage is organic, dynamic and vigorous. And it’s fecund and abundant enough in self-interest that its reach is far and wide. In fact, it’s so dynamic that…
Eating and drinking, and the elimination of waste manifest themselves in each one of its details.
Still-and-all, though, the details don’t exhibit an independent sense of self-will.
… as animate and verbal entities do, to a great degree.
(c) 2011 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
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