Our subject is termed rah in Hebrew. While it’s often and incongruously translated as “wicked” or “evil”, we choose to translate it as “wrong” or “injustice”, or a combination of the two, as that seems to be the subject at hand .
In fact, there are very many other meanings of the term, which include “inferior” or “worthless”, as in a bad computer for example; “dangerous”, or “malignant”, as in a bad illness; “noxious”, “displeasing”, and “repugnant”, as in a bad odor; etc.
Very notably in the context of the Breaking of the Vessels — and given that it might very well be one of Ari”s sources for the concept — r’ah,its hitpoel (reflexive) form translates as “broken”, “crushed”, or “shattered” .
In any event, the tradition very clearly attributes its creation to God alone , and it’s usefulness and worth is certainly not denied .
 And also because not every instance of rah is inherently and intentionally wicked or bad, as we’ll soon point out.
 See Daniel 2:40; also see Kiddushin 39b, Ta’anit 20b, etc.
 See Isaiah 45:7, Amos 3:6, lamentations 3:38, Baba Batra 16a.
 See Breishit Raba 9:7.
(c) 2012 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.
You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.
Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).
Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.