AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Tammuz 5775
Page 21 of pamphlet – (At about lower third of the page. Line begins: 'she-zehu...'). Page 15 of the book. For text see below.
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We have come to recognize that vessels/keilim are formed by letters/ossiot falling out from the light.
This 'falling out' (this production) of letters is due to a clash of the direct light with the reflective light.
These letters are significant. A child can say the Shema and not know the content of the prayer. That's letters. They take the deepest thought and bring it down to a much lower level, where the intelligence is not yet developed.
This is the thickening of the light.
The light does not need, and is not based on the letters/ossiot, but contains them.
Light does not present itself in a vessel. It just emanates from the source, but letters are inherent in the light. Why? The light does not need substantiation. This direct light came through the reshimu. That's because the whole tzimtzum was intended by the Source of Sources. He wanted world. He wanted light on the lowest level. This is His intent.
Ossiot are the best way to present on the lower level. Letters are called 'stones' in the Zohar.