AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Tishrei 5776
Page 25 of pamphlet – (At 2nd paragraph of the page - 3rd line. Line starts: 'heray...'). Page 19 of the book. For text see below.
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We have distinguished between the lights and the vessels. The lights are seen as infinity and the vessels as the start of creation. Yet we have the statement that chochmah (which includes lights and vessels) comes from nothing...
Ohr, which we translate as light, actually indicates the 'presence of the essence'.
When a man owns a home his home, his presence extends to every nook and cranny of the home - this lights is representative of his presence...
This is similar to 'the name'. The Torah gives great significance to names. The name indicates recognition of presence in distinction to other things or people.
The reason a person has a name is because, 'he is for real'.
The light before the contraction/tzimtzum is not there to accomplish some kind of function.
This is reality itself. Like the pure reality of the human being.
The light after the tzimtzum has a functional element. This is like all the furnishings and amenities of his home.
The reason a human being has a certain 'code of behavior', is due to his human stature – he has a reality – a true presence, and if he did not follow his code, he's violating his reality.
And he has to eat and sleep, but he does it according to his code and in a proper way.
Think of a man and his home. Without a home a man can't be a real presence in the world. This home he will furnish with various amenities... Do they come into existence when the man begins his daily routine? They exist in the essential definition that a person has a home – they are contained in the essence even though they are at a different level.
All the things that fit in the house are there in a nascent state...