Petach 49

שיהיו הכלים הלבושים האלה שורש לרע – זה אינו קלקול. כי אדרבא, זהו שלמות הבריאה לפי הכוונה בה – לגלות היחוד העליון ב”ה. אך שבתחלה היו שורש לרע, שהיה רע ממש. וצריך שזה הרע שיחזור לטוב על ידי תיקוני בני האדם, והוא עצמו יהיה לכבודו של מלך – שזכו על ידו בני האדם.

וכדי לעשות בפועל זה הדבר, הוצרך שאלה הלבושים יתנו מקום לו להמצא, וזה על ידי הבירור וההדרגה שנעשה בהם, עד שנשארה המדרגה האחרונה של מלכות דעשייה לבדה להוציא אותו, ונעשה מכי”ע – אבי”ע. וכשכבר ניתקן וחזר לטוב – חוזרים הדברים כבראשונה, ואין צורך לו להמצא בפועל, כי די שהיה ככר, וניתקן. וזהו, “בלע המות לנצח”.

ואז חוזרים אבי”ע לבי”ע, וחלק המלכות דעשייה נכללת בכלל שלה, ומתגלה האצילות העליון של כללות הנקודים. ואז נשארים הלבושים שורש לרע שהיה כבר, וניתקן, והוחזר לטוב, ונקרא שהשלים אז א”ס ב”ה את מעשיו, ונשגב לבדו ביחודו:

            The fact that these vessels of Nikkudim or ”garments”, i.e., the worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah, should be the root of wrong isn’t a flaw; on the contrary, it’s the fulfillment of the underlying intention behind creation, which is the revelation of  God’s ultimate sovereignty. It’s just that first there first needed to be a root of wrong, i.e., the vessels of Nikkudim, which was truly wrongful, which was to revert to goodness through the repairs carried out by humankind. That itself will be for the glory of the King by means of which humans could earn merit.

            But in order to actually bring this about, these “garments” had to provide a place for wrong to exist. That was accomplished by the selection and gradation that took place among them, until only the very last level of Malchut of Assiyah was left to produce wrong. The three worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah will then become the four worlds of Atzilut, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah, that is, when Malchut of Assiyah becomes a new Assiyah, Assiyah becomes Yetzirah, Yetzirah becomes Briah, and Briah becomes Atzilut. Wrong will then be rectified and revert to goodness, things will revert to what they’d been at first, and there will no longer a need for wrong to exist in actuality, as it will enough for it to have once existed and to have then been rectified. This is the meaning of the verse, “He has consumed death forever” (Isaiah 25:8).

            Then the new Atzilut, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah will revert to Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah, and the Malchut of Assiyah will become integrated with its whole, i.e., with the world of Yetzirah that would then exist, and the original exalted Atzilut of the general Nikkudim that was removed in the course of the “breaking of the vessels” will be revealed. The “garments” will then remain the root of the wrong that once existed but was rectified and reverted to goodness. Ein Sof will then be said to have completed His task, and He will be exalted unto Himself in His sovereignty.

(c) 2012 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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