Petach 26

זה האור שנאצל היה נקרא רשימו מן האור הקדום, שלרוב גדולתו לא היה מושג. וסוד זה הרשימו הוא הנקרא מקום כל הנמצא, לפי שהוא נותן להם מציאות, מה שלא היה נותן הבלתיא תכליות. זה המקום נקרא שהוא חלל, והוא פנוי מאור הא”ס ב”ה, דהיינו שאין הבלתי תכלית נמצא בו כבתחלה:

This (so called) emanated light is said to be a “vestige” of the original light which can’t be grasped because it’s so lofty. This mystical vestige is (also) said to be the (finite) “place” of all of existent phenomena because it allows them (what they need to experience physical) existence, which infinitude cannot. This place is (also) said to be (relatively) empty since it’s devoid of the light of Ein Sof, in that His infinitude can no longer be found there as (i.e., to the degree) it had.

(c) 2011 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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