Petach 39

עולם הנקודים היה כמו חומר אחד שממנו צריך לפרט אחר כך כל הפרטים. והיינו כי כל הנמצא בין למעלה ובין למטה – הכל הוא רק ענין אחד, בנוי מפרטים רבים. והוא איננו כללי אלא אם  כל פרטיו עומדים בו בשוה ? כי כך כל הנברא הוא רק לכבוד הבורא, והוע ענין “כל פעל ה’ למענהו”. ובזה נכללות כל הבריות הטובות והרעות, כי הכל ענין אחד ומציאות אחת לבד של בריאה המשלמת גילוי יחודו וכבודו של א”ס ב”ה:

            The world of Nikkudim was like a single mass out of which all the details, i.e., Atzilut, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah, had to come about; as all of existence — both above and below — is a single phenomenon comprised of many details waiting to come about. But this phenomenon is only comprehensive when all its details function together. For in this way, everything in creation exists only for the glory of the Creator, which is the gist of the verse, “God has made everything for His own sake” (Proverbs 16:4). In this are included all created beings — good and bad — as the whole of it is a single system and a single phenomenon of a creation that implements the revelation of the sovereignty and glory of Ein Sof.

(c) 2012 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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