Angels (1)

Let’s explore the constellations and angels as agents of God’s governance as we said we would, and explore their relation to the Sephirot.

Angels were clearly understood early on as God’s agents who accompany Him and carry out His every wish, as when the prophets reported that they “saw God seated on His throne, with all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and left” (1 Kings 22:19), and witnessed “a river of fire flowing and emerging from before Him; (with) a thousand thousands (of angels) serving Him, and ten thousand ten thousands (of them) arising before Him” in His court (Daniel 7:10).

And we’re told that they were “the first of all created things, and were emanated from the splendor of His glorious Light” (Zohar Chadash, Breishit 9b), that they dwell in the seven Heavenly Halls (Zohar 1, pp. 11-45), and that God consults with them (Breishit Rabbah 8).

Let’s see now what Ramchal suggests about them.

(c) 2010 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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