Petach 72

הפרצופים – מהם זכרים, ומהם נקבות. דהיינו מהם ממשיכים החסד, ומהם הדין. ובזיווגם מתחברות ההמשכות ביחד, ונולדת הפעולה הצריכה, כי אין דבר שאינו מוסכם משתי מדות חסד ודין.

 ויש איזה שינויים באורותיהם, ושינוי ממש בחוקם. אך שינוי הצורה, שינוי ממש, אינו אלא באורות ההמשכה, שהם היסודות, כי הם הממשיכים, ואליהם נמשכים כל חלקי הפרצוף, להמשיך לפי חוקם:

Some of the Partzufim are “male” and others “female”. That is, some of them, the “male” ones, act as a conduit for Chessed and others i.e., the “female” ones, act as a conduit for Gevurah. But when they conjoin, both forms of conduction combine and “give birth” to the desired action, as there’s nothing that isn’t a combination of the two qualities of Chessed and Gevurah.

Yet there are certain differences between the lights of “male” and “female” as well as real differences in their processes. But when it comes to differences in form, there are real differences indeed, but only in the lights that are involved in the conduction process, namely the two respective Yesods. Since they act as conduction agents, as all the different, i.e., other, parts of the Partzuf are drawn to them i.e., the respective Yesods, in order to act as conduits in keeping with their own processes.

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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