“The Rambam says, ‘the first principle is that there is a First Being’ - and He is not something we can comprehend.“
“Concealed Essence; Pristine Thought” p87
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Menachem Av 5777
P 87 [of the new pamphlet] at just below middle of the page - line starting “ve-al ken…” [P 65 of the book]
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Essence is defined by that which is higher than world - by the Creator.
Atzilus has a sense of the essence - not the essence of the light, but essence of the reflection…
Thus, atzilus is the start of revelation. Above that level is essence, which is in a state of concealment [beyond revelation and grasp].
The Rambam says, ‘the first principle is that there is a First Being’ - and He is not something we can comprehend.
In a worldly context things have function and features. Then there is existence per se. It has a source. The world may say it makes itself, but the Torah tells us He makes it…
He provides place for the world. He is the basis for the world - the world is not the basis for Him.
We have a Godly soul. If we allow it to give us some illumination we can relate to some of the Godly elements that precede creation…!
Man was created in the divine form…