God at the center

Ramchal presents three major points in his comments to Petach 31 which we’ll paraphrase here (as they’re put rather obscurely in the original).

The first: the fact that there are multitudinous worlds in the trace environment alludes to the very many traits and related appellations that God exhibits in the universe; but the fact that the Tetragrammaton itself sits at the very core of Adam Kadmon which is itself the heart of the entire created universe and is in intimate contact with the line itself, alludes to the fact that God’s actual Being — not just His attributes — constitutes the very core of existence. And it’s the later, like the line itself, which governs the universe at bottom.

(c) 2011 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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2 responses to “God at the center

  1. Rabbi Feldman, thank you for this web site–I look forward to reading more of it. I just got here because of a google search. I have been trying to make sense of this passage in the book on my own. What I ended up thinking is that Havayeh represents the impetus moving everything towards giluy ha-yihud, so that behind the various activations of hesed, din, rahamim, etc., there is a guiding force operating over the long term, which is Havayeh (and I think that is also synonymous with the Kav). Do you think this reading is off base?

  2. Very sorry for this untimely delay. I agree with your reading. Yashar Kochacha!

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