Wednesday, November 24, 2004

R' Ashlag Ch. 13 (sect. 1)

Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag's "Introduction to the Zohar"

-- as translated and commented on by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman


Ch. 13


"But we'd still need to understand (a few things about) this. How in fact could the ratzon l’kabel have been a part of G-d's original intentions for creation when it's so defiled and impure, and G-d's Being is so unfathomably and indescribably purely-one?"

-- That is, how could a pastiche of desires like wanting to take-in and not wanting to give-out at the same time have been a part of G-d's purely-one Being on *any* level (since, don't forget, G-d and His will are one; so His original intentions and He are one as well). After all, the two are so antithetical it seems blasphemous to see them intertwined. But as we'll soon see, there's no real contradiction there.