Petach 89

יש הפרש בין ענין טלא דבדולחא דמתחזיין כל גוונין בגוה לענין רדל”א. כי טלא דבדולחא מראה שיש בה כל הגוונין ביחד. אך זאת מראה שהוא דבר אחד, ומיד נראה שאינו דבר זה, אלא היפך ממה שראינו. והיא עומדת תמיד בהתחלפות זה, ויראה ההן והלאו ברגע אחד. ואין משיגין בה אפילו זה – שיהיה ההן והלאו. אלא אין עומדין בה כלל, שלפעמים נראה שיש בה ההן, ומיד נראה שאינו כלל:

There’s a difference between “The Dew of Bedolcha” — “in which all colors can be seen” — and The Unfathomable Beginning. For while The Dew of Bedolcha presents all of the colors together, the Unfathomable Beginning presents itself as one thing in one instance and then it instantaneously presents itself as its opposite.     

In fact, though it stays in this transformative state in which an instances of ”yes” and one of “no” i.e., one thing and its opposite,  appear at the same time, we simply can’t grasp how both a “yes” and the “no” could exist at that same time. That is, we simply can’t understand how it seems to be an instance of “yes” and then immediately afterwards it seems not to be that at all.


(c) 2015 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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