Petach 50

אין שום דבר לבטלה, ועל כן מה שנכנס האור בתחלה, ואחר כך חזר ויצא, והלא היה יכול לעשות כל ההדרגה הזאת בתחלה בלא זה – גם לזה יש פעולה ותולדה עיקרית.

וזהו שורש פרטי מה שצריך לתת מציאות להנהגת העולם הזה בקלקוליו ותיקוניו. בשכר ועונש, לפי השיעור השלם מה שצריך לזה, לא פחות ולא יותר:

            Since nothing is in vain, then when the light first entered the various vessels, then turned back, and departed — couldn’t we make the point that it could have achieved all these steps in the process of rectifying wrong and of cleansing Atzilut, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah in one move without all of this, i.e., without all these apparently extra moves? But that goes to show that this entire process serves an essential function with a purposeful and specific earthly consequence.

            Indeed, this entry of the light within the vessels is a specific underpinning of the governance of the world with all of its harm and repair, and its reward and punishment, all in accordance with the exact measure of what’s required for this governance, neither less nor more than necessary.


(c) 2012 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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