Given the “removed” status of the first three Sephirot we see now why harm is irrelevant to them, i.e., why they didn’t experience the breaking process, since they’re beyond the reach of the effects of human actions that could conceivably undo them. Thus sins don’t harm them and can only “set them aside”, i.e., push them away out of danger during the course of the breaking of the vessels .
That’s why the first three Sephirot continued to function and to endure during the course of the breaking.
 See Eitz Chaim, Sha’ar HaMelachim 6.
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