AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel, Elul 5776
Page 54 of the pamphlet – (3rd to last line of the page. Line starts: 've-hinay...') [page 39 in the book]. For text see below.
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Light cannot be eliminated. It is the effect of the essence. So what does the contraction/tzimtzum do?
We looked at two metaphors to look at this question.
The one metaphor/mashal described a letter taken from a word.
The letters in a word add up to more than the 'sum of their parts'.
Creation comes with a reduction of light – essence is hidden. But the reality remains – there is one existence – essence is concealed and represented by various faculties.
All the faculties depend on essence.
They bring Godliness into the creation. This happens via the letters in the context of Godliness that joins all the letters and gives them a presence.