AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Ellul 5775
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Why was there a total contraction and then a re-introduction of light. Why not just a partial contraction? This was to enable the revelation of keilim/vessels.
And there is an advantage to the vessels over the light, even though we usually say that the lights are far superior to vessels!
In terms of sechel/mind, the light is far more human and meaningful than the vessels/keilim.
But from the perspective of absolute fact, the vessels are more basic.
The Rambam says, the basis of all knowledge is to know that He is producing all. And this is seen in the vessels more than in the light. This is the principle of 'First Being' – there is no justification for his being.
He presents Himself.