The Other Worlds (3)

The first point Ramchal makes here is that the world of Nikkudim — which is the subject at hand — came about when the world of Atzilut with all its offshoots i.e., the worlds of Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiyah, were fashioned successively much the way a craftsman produces something (literally, “a vessel”) out of what’s at first an amorphous piece of wood which proves to be something orderly and beautiful when completed (Petach 36).

It’s vitally important to know about this realm because “it is the true root of everything in the lower realms, which did not exist until we reached this level” (Ramchal’s comments here). His overriding point here, though, aside from introducing the various elements involved, is that God formed these worlds successively and in an orderly way, as that is the way He interacts with the universe, as we’ve seen [1].

Note:

[1]       See 4:2 where we cited this quote from elsewhere in this work: “The very first thing to know about (God’s) governance is that it’s dependent upon sequence, which is the first principle God wanted” to exist in the universe (comments to Petach 30),

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