Petach 45

רק בחלקים היותר שפלים שבכלים היה נראה זה הרושם מעט של שורש לס”א.

ועל כן נכנס האור הכללי בתחלה. והיה הולך ומתפשט בסוד המונח הראשון עד החלקים השפלים האלה. והת הם ענין הלבושים, הנחשבים לרגלי האצילות.

ולכן עד שלא הגיעו להם – לא היתה השבירה. ובהגיעם שם – היתה. ואז חזרו לאחור, ויצאו אפילו מן החלקים העליונים:

            This slight trace of a root for the “other side” only manifested itself in the very lowest aspects of the vessels, i.e., in the lower seven Sephirot of Nikkudim.

            Thus, the overall light initially entered into the vessels of Nikkudim and continued spreading in accordance with the mystical notion of the basic foundation until it reached these lowly aspects. In fact, these encompass the notion of the “garments” we’d spoken of above which are considered the “feet” of Atzilut.

            There was thus no breaking of vessels as long as the lights did not reach them; it only occurred when the lights did reach there, after which they i.e., the lights of Nikkudim then turned around and departed from even the highest aspects of each of the seven lower Sephirot.

(c) 2012 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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