Perush HaSulam

creation of Man

Let us make Man!

by yedidah on October 3, 2013


…this is the inner meaning of “Let us make Man b’tzalmeinu in our image, k’dmuteinu like us ” (Genesis 1:26 ).
The light is called the “tzelem” and the darkness is called “dmut“, such that Man will be created from both of these forces: both soul and ego.

The Sages tell us that the entire work of creation is included in the declaration of the first day, “Let there be light.” For within that declaration is included the whole differentiation between the light and the darkness, wherein the holiness is called ‘light’, and the evil is called ‘dark’.
However, despite this differentiation between the light and the dark, with which all the created beings of the creation were clarified, the tikkun is still left incomplete. The entire aspect of evil or dark appears as something for which there is no use, and this is not at all fitting for God’s perfection. The tikkun of creation will only be complete in accordance with the inner meaning of the phrase, “Even darkness will not cause dark to come from You, and the night will give light as day, the darkness will shine as much as the light” (Ps. 139:12).

In order to correct this darkness the human being was created, who includes everything from the uttermost evil to the ultimate good. Through his hand the tikkun will be finished to the required perfection, that is, the evil will transform into good, the bitterness into sweet, the darkness will shine like the light, death will be swallowed up for ever, and the Lord will be King over all the earth .

From the Perush haSulam of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag on the Zohar
Translated by Yedidah Cohen in A Tapestry of the Soul (Nehora Press)



The choice is set before us. How to choose? There is the way of service to God versus the way of the ego. But these choices have consequences. In the Temple service on Yom Kippur this choice was demonstrated to the Children of Israel through the special sacrifice of the two he-goats. The one whose lot fell to Azazel shows the way of suffering, which is consequent on the use of the will to receive for oneself alone; the other illustrates a life given up in the service of God and one’s fellow.

From the Zohar Acharie Mot and the Perush HaSulam of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag


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