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We’ll begin our discussion of God’s covert governance with the observation that each action’s outcome continues to exist even when the action itself is gone. So when for example a flaw has been repaired, the trace of the original flaw doesn’t disappear — it remains a flaw that has nonetheless been repaired. The opposite is also true, God forbid, that is, a merit that has become a flaw is still a merit, but it’s now a flawed merit. That’s because nothing is even forgotten before His Throne of Glory. And at the end of the entire cycle there will be a utter repair that would be based on everything that was done, good or — God forbid — bad (Petach 78).

 

Now as to how that applies with Divine governance. At the time of the Great Day of Judgment all the deeds of the world will be arranged and evaluated in the order in which they were carried out from the beginning of the universe until its end. Perfection will come about as such through the knowledge of God’s Yichud which would be revealed through the arrangement and evaluation of all those deeds. And eternity will be established forever and ever and to all eternity, ad infinitum, in accordance with the perfection that will exist then (Petach 79).

 

What follows is an analysis of the Kabbalistic background behind all of this. All the various sorts of defects that could possibly exist are rooted in BaN. And all the various sorts of repairs for those defects are rooted in the conjunction of MaH and BaN. As such, everything that was and will be was rooted there from the first, which is connected to the mystical notion of God’s foreknowledge. And in the end it will be understood that all of this served to bring about the overall perfection through the mystical phenomenon of God’s Yichud (Petach 80).

The phenomenon of the conjunction of MaH and BaN is truly the root of God’s governance of the universe. But, this root cannot be revealed. In fact, Divine governance is entirety dependent on its being concealed, for when it’s concealed people engage in their affairs out of free will while God carries out His own hidden agenda. As such, it’s the concealment itself that allows for repair. Accordingly, there is on one hand the overt order that God Himself displays which involves the order of Atzilut with its various Partzufim, while on the other hand there’s the concealed root that’s based on the fact that MaH is conjoined with BaN, which is covert (Petach 81).

 

Some remarks on how this affects us. The Tikkun granted each individual soul is a consequence of how the conjunction of MaH and BaN is arranged in his own instance. In fact, the vexing issue of why “a righteous person sometimes does well” while at other times “a righteous person suffers” derives from this. For there seems to be no good reason for this incongruity to exist, based on how souls are rooted in the Partzufim of the world of Atzilut. But in truth this mystical phenomenon is rooted in this hidden conjunction of MaH and BaN (Petach 82).

 

More now on the Kabbalistic background. The Partzufim of Atzilut were produced at the time of the Tikkun by the selections made at the time of the breaking of the vessels. But it’s no longer clear what they’d been produced from since the selections have already been conjoined and the Partzufim have been made equal — that is, those that were produced from certain selections are like those that were produced from other selections (Petach 83).

 

The fact that MaH is conjoined with BaN in the various Partzufim by means of the selections that were made was certainly for no reason. On the contrary, it gives the Partzufim important qualities. It’s just that those qualities are hidden within them, and what’s visible is only what was produced after the selection process. And the order in which they were placed to function depends on the form that all of them assumed equally (Petach 84).

 

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

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Petach 84

ענין חיברר מ”ה עם ב”ן לפי הבירורים שנעשו – ודאי שאינו דבר לבטלה. אלא אדרבא, נותן בפרצופים איכויות גדולות, אלא שהם נעלמים בהם. ואין נראה אלא מה שנעשה אחר הבירור. והסדר שניתן בהם לפעול – לפי הצורה שקבלו כבר כולם בהשואה אחת:

The fact that MaH is conjoined with BaN in the various Partzufim by means of the selections that were made was certainly for no reason. On the contrary, it gives the Partzufim important qualities. It’s just that those qualities are hidden within them, and what’s visible is only what was produced after the selection process. And the order in which they were placed to function depends on the form that all of them assumed equally.

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

———————————————————-

AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on http://www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.

Petach 83

הפרצופים של אצילות נעשו מן הבירורים שנעשו, אך עכשיו אין ניכר עוד ממה הם עשויים, כי כבר נתחברו הבירורים ונעשו שוים, אותם העושים מאיזה בירורים, כמו אותם העשויים מבירורים אחרים:

The Partzufim of Atzilut were produced at the time of the Tikkun by the selections made at the time of the breaking of the vessels. But it’s no longer clear what they’d been produced from since the selections have already been conjoined and the Partzufim have been made equal — that is, those that were produced from certain selections are like those that were produced from other selections.

 

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

———————————————————-

AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on http://www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.

Petach 82

התיקון המגיע לכל נשמה בפני עצמה נולד מסדרי החיבור הזה, ומשם נמשך ענין צדיק וטוב לו צדיק ורע לו. ומצד מה שמושרשות הנשמות בפרצופים של אצילות – אין נראה זה הדבר הולך בטעם נכון, ובאמת הסוד מושרש בזה החיבור הנעלם:

 The Tikkun granted each individual soul is a consequence of how the conjunction of MaH and BaN is arranged in his own instance. In fact, the vexing issue of why “a righteous person sometimes does well” while at other times “a righteous person suffers” derives from this. For there seems to be no good reason for this incongruity to exist, based on how souls are rooted in the Partzufim of the world of Atzilut. But in truth this mystical phenomenon is rooted in this hidden conjunction of MaH and BaN.

 

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

———————————————————-

AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on http://www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.

Petach 81

ענין החיבורים האלה שנתחבר מ”ה עם ב”ן הוא שורש כל ההנהגה באמת.

וזה אי אפשר להתגלות, כי אדרבא, כל ההנהגה תלויה בהעלם השורש הזה, שאז בני האדם פועלים לפי ענינם – לפי הבחירה שלהם. והקב”ה מקיים עצתו, שההעלם עצמו גרם התיקון.

לפיכך יש הסדר שהקב”ה מראה ענינו, והוא סדר האצילות ופרצופיו. ויש השורש הנעלם, שהוא איך שנתחבר מ”ה עם ב”ן, וזה אינו נודע:

The phenomenon of the conjunction of MaH and BaN is truly the root of God’s governance of the universe.

But, this root cannot be revealed. In fact, Divine governance is entirety dependent on its being concealed, for when it’s concealed people engage in their affairs out of free will while God carries out His own hidden agenda. As such, it’s the concealment itself that allows for repair.

 Accordingly, there is on one hand the overt order that God Himself displays which involves the order of Atzilut with its various Partzufim, while on the other hand there’s the concealed root that’s based on the fact that MaH is conjoined with BaN, which is covert.

 

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

———————————————————-

AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on http://www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.

Petach 80

כל מיני הקלקולים שהיו יכולים להמצא, היו מושרשים בב”ן. וכל מיני תיקונים לכל הקלקולים האלה מושרשים בחיבורים שנתחבר מ”ה עם ב”ן. ונמצא שכל מה שהיה ושיהיה – הכל כבר הושרש כאן, והוא בסוד הידיעה. ובסוף הכל, הרי נודע שבכל זה נשלם כל השלמות בסוד היחוד:

 All the various sorts of defects that could possibly exist are rooted in BaN. And all the various sorts of repairs for those defects are rooted in the conjunction of MaH and BaN. As such, everything that was and will be was rooted there from the first, which is connected to the mystical notion of God’s foreknowledge. And in the end it will be understood that all of this served to bring about the overall perfection through the mystical phenomenon of God’s Yichud.

(c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman
Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

———————————————————-

AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on http://www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.

Petach 79

יום הדין הגדול – בו יהיו נסדרים כל מעשה העולם לפי סדריהם כמו שנעשו, מראשית העולם ועד סופו. ועל פי כל זה, יהיה השלמות בהוודע יחודו יתברך שמו. ולפי השלמות הזה שיהיה אז, יהיה נקבע הנצחיות לנצח נצחים, ולעולמי עולמים, עד אין קץ ותכלית:

At the time of the Great Day of Judgment all the deeds of the world will be arranged and evaluated in the order in which they were carried out from the beginning of the universe until its end. Perfection will come about as such through the knowledge of God’s Yichud which would be revealed through the arrangement and evaluation of all those deeds. And eternity will be established forever and ever and to all eternity, ad infinitum, in accordance with the perfection that will exist then.

 (c) 2014 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

Feel free to contact me at feldman@torah.org

———————————————————-

AT LONG LAST! Rabbi Feldman’s translation of Maimonides’ “Eight Chapters” is available here at a discount.

You can still purchase a copy of Rabbi Feldman’s translation of “The Gates of Repentance” here at a discount as well.

Rabbi Yaakov Feldman has also translated and commented upon “The Path of the Just” and “The Duties of the Heart” (Jason Aronson Publishers).

Rabbi Feldman also offers two free e-mail classes on http://www.torah.org entitled “Spiritual Excellence” and “Ramchal”.

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