Petach 25

הצמצום הזה עשה שיראה ממנו ב”ה – האור והזיו. מה שקודם לכן – ומה שגם עתה אין הצמצום מגיע לו – אינו ניתן להיות נראה ומושג כלל. וזה האור שניתן ליראות, נקרא אור נאצל, כי הוא נראה כמו אור שנתחדש. אך באמת אינו אלא איזה בחינה מן האור הקדום, שנתמעט כחו בסוד הצמצום:

It was the Tzimtzum that enabled God’s light and radiance to be envisioned. For before it occurred — and even now in the case of those levels which the Tzimtzum doesn’t affect — they couldn’t be envisioned or grasped at all.

Now, while the light that can now be envisioned is termed “emanated light” since it presents as a newly created light, in fact it’s only a specific aspect of the original light whose ability was diminished as a consequence of the mystical process of Tzimtzum.

(c) 2011 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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