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Preview of 1:5:10

It’s angels who actualize all of the phenomena cited above and oversee them. They are G-d’s appointed agents, following His directives. And each sort of angel has his own sphere of influence.

י. ואמנם הנה לכל ענין מענינים אלה, נמצאו פקידים ממונים מסוג המלאכיי שביארנו למעלה, להוציא הדברים לפועל עד הגשמיות, אם לטוב ואם למוטב. והנה הם משרתיו ית’ עושי דברו, שכן רצה וסידר, שתהיינה גזירותיו יוצאות למעשה על ידי מלאכיו, כפי מה שהפקידם וסדר בידם:

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Derech Hashem 1:5:9

There are very many degrees of evil and what they bring about [1], but in general there are four and they’re termed “impurity” [2], “darkness” [3], “filth” [4], “the profane” [5] and the like. Contrarily, what results from G-d’s “face” shining onto something is generally termed “holiness” [6], “purity” [7], “light”, “blessing”, and the like [8].

When we take their subcategories into account we can then catch sight of G-d’s governance of the world.

Footnotes:

  1. … when G-d turns His “face” away.
  2. See 4:2:6-7 and 4:6:2-3 below.
  3. See Klallei Pitchei Chochma v’Da’at 9.
  4. See Da’at Tevunot 118.
  5. See Da’at Tevunot 78, Klallei Ma’amar HaChochma 14, and 4:4;5, 4:5:2, 4:7:2 below.

These terms allude to the four “shells” the Kabbalists say obstruct the pure “fruit” that is closeness to G-d. They’re derived from the four terms cited in the verse that reads, “a tempest was coming from the north, a huge cloud and a flaming fire, with a brightness around it” (Ezekiel 1:4).

  1. See Ma’amar HaChochma (“Mah M’lamedet Chochmat HaEmet“), Ma’amar HaIkurim {“B’Torah U’b’Mitzvot“, and Messillat Yesharim Ch. 26.
  2. See Messilat Yesharim Ch. 16 and 4:3:1 below.
  3. Those are how such things are termed and function on the large scale; but it’s hard to see their effects in the world as we experience it. On the other hand, …

 

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Preview of 1:5:9

There are many broad levels of evil and of what results from them just as there are many broad levels of goodness and of their results, all with names of their own. But we can only catch sight of how they figure into G-d’s governance of the world when they’re broken down into their subcategories.

ט. והנה חילוקי מדריגות הרבה יש בענין כחות הרע שזכרנו והנשפע מהם. ובדרך כלל נקרא לנשפע מהם, טומאה, חשך, וזוהמא, או חול, וכיוצא. ולנשפע מהארת פניו ית’ נקרא, קדושה, וטהרה, אור, וברכה, וכיוצא בזה.

אבל בהבחנת פרטי הענינים, נבחין מיני הסוגים האלה ופרטיהם, שעליהם סובבת כל ההנהגה שהאדון ב”ה מנהג את עולמו:

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Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.