AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Cheshvan 5776
Page 27 of pamphlet – (At first line from top of the page. Line starts: 've-ayno...'). Page 20 of the book. For text see below.
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We had said that since the lights of atzilus are imbued in vessels, therefore that tells us that the lights themselves are not 100% simple and infinite...
Light is the presence of the essence, but if it is fully infinite it cannot be represented in a vessel.
After the tzimtzum the light has a purpose – to affect and create the world...
Even though there was a tzimtzum there is a rejuvenation of the light that preceded the tzimtzum... So even though it is after the tzimtzum it has the principle and quality of the light that preceded the tzimtzum.
This rejuvenated light is by means of the reshimu/trace.
The revelation of the light was reduced by the tzimtzum, but the essence of the light remains. This is the reshimu/trace.
These letters that remain as a trace are vessels for the infinite light (ohr ein sof).
So we're saying something infinte can be represented by these vessels/otiot, which contrast what we said while discussing atzilus.
These vessels on the level preceding the tzimtzum/contration are like vessels submerged in a body of water. The water inside a cup submerged in the lake retains its connection to the overall body of water.