AyinBase with R' Paltiel p: 54 8/31/11 Wednesday 1 Elul 5771
Page 54 – middle of the page – line starts, 'shum tzurah...'
Ohr/light is not felt by the body. Chomer is sensed by the body/guf.
We are into understanding a chomer/material that is not yet an existence. It is formless. It does not stand for itself at all. It fully represents it's source. This is a mashal to understand the origin of thought.
Actually let's go back 2 lines, the first chomer that came to be from non existence, which creates it, (in fact this Nothing, that does not have to be present to be present is the real reality – this is what we call G-dliness and sechel/mind cannot grasp it) represents it's Creator – it is unlimited.
Ours is a world of yesh, and thus things have a structure and we function in this kind of world. It is real to our sechel, but a very limited perception. The real truth is that the world, 'hangs on nothing'. In our world, we still sense this element of 'nothingness'. And this element gives the world a certain element of truth. It stands because He wants it.
Thus the world conceals G-dliness, but doesn't negate G-dliness. Why did He make the world this way? Because He created it and it reveals Him. And ultimately the world itself is to reveal His essence.
Torah shows us how to live in a world that is not a world – it is a G-dly creation. This is what the Jewish people are – the recognition and the life with chomer that is G-dly will, without presence of it's own. We have to live within the limits of the world. But not be limited to earthiness.
The chomer reveals that the ein is not nothing, but the source.