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First Thoughts

There are a number of main points here we’ll be concentrating on. 1) The idea that everything will return to pure Elokut, and its sub-theme of all wrong turning to right, 2) the Mashal (symbol) and Nimshal (meaning) paradigm, 3) why we’re to study Kabbalah,  and 4) Ramchal’s reason for having written this book.

The first point is revolutionary and overarching, and it’s taken to be one of Ramchal’s greatest chiddushim (though the Leshem referred to the return to pure Elokut as well, as we’ll point out, as well as the Ba’al HaSulem). The Gra agrees with the idea of Mashal and Nimshal along with others as we’ll see. The reason’s for studying the Kabbalah as he does are unique to Ramchal (and the Leshem vehemently disagrees with him). And the final point simply comes down to the fact that Ramchal wanted to remove all anthropomorphisms from the Ari’s works (as did the Ba’al HaSulem, as is known).

We’ll start off with a longish discussion of the first point next, which will lead on to an analysis of the first section (i.e., the first four Petachim).


We’ll be dividing Klach Pitchei Chochma into the following sections, based on R’ Yoseph Spinner’s more work-able lay-out in his edition of Klach. I’d tried to break it down into larger chunks, based on R’ M. Shriki’s edition, but it’s too bulky that way.

1)        On the Revelation of God’s Yichud and His Beneficence (1-4)

2)        Sephirot (5-6)

3)        The images in which the Sephirot Appear (7-13)

4)        The Essential Elements of Sephirot and their Governance (14-17)

5)        The Letters and Names (18-23)

6)        The Tzimtzum and Kav (24-30)

7)        Adam Kadmon and its Offshoots (31-35)

8)        The World of Nikkudim (36-50)

9)        The First Three and Seven Lower (Sephirot) of Nikkudim(51-53)

10)      The 288 Sparks (54-58)

11)      The World of Tikkun (59-69)

12)      The Tikkun of Partzuf (70-73)

13)       Partzuf Attik (74-77)

14)      The Root of the Hidden Supervision (78-84)

15)      The Issue of Radla and Uncertainties about It (85-89)

16)     Partzuf Erech Anpin (90-95)

17)      The Connection between Atzilut and Adam Kadmon through Attik and Erech Anpin (96-100)

18)      The Tikkunim of Erech Anpin (101-109)

19)      Partzufim Abbah and Imma (110-114)

20)      Partzufim Zeir and Nukveh (115-118)

21)      Partzufim Zeir Anpin and B’eiahm (119-123)

22)      Da’at of Zeir Anpin and its Extent (124-126)

23)      Mochin of Zeir Anpin (127-130)

24)      The Worlds’ Ascents and Descents (131-133)

25)      The Tikkun of Nukveh and its Convergences (134-138)

And let it be noted that when we cite the main statement of each petach (either in the first instance or in each one to follow) we will offer it in bold print, and when we cite Ramchal’s own comments to each we’ll set it off in quotes and in italics.

(c) 2010 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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