By Rav Michael Laitman

The Zohar: annotations to the Ashlag observation elucidates Kabbalah's fundamental resource of wisdom-The booklet of Zohar (The publication of Radiance). it is a booklet to learn with endurance, considering each one sentence as one unveils its meanings. because the textual content covers its theme-the revelation of the Creator-from many various angles, it permits us to discover the words or phrases that may hold us into the depths of this profound and undying knowledge.

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Malchut (to the extent of her corrected properties) merges with ZA via equivalence of form (desires), and receives this Light. Keter, Hochma, and GAR of Bina do not want to receive the Light, but starting with ZAT of Bina (YESHSUT), the desire to receive the Light so as to pass it to the lower ones appears in the Sefirot. Keter Galgalta or Metzah - forehead "bestowal" Hochma Eynaim - Bina GAR of Bina Nikvey Eynaim ZAT of Bina Awzen - ZA Hotem - Malchut Peh - eyes GE pupils ear nose AHP mouth "reception" Malchut herself is the creature—the egoistic will to receive pleasure, to enjoy the Creator’s Light.

By ascending to YESHSUT, ZON become similar to it and receive the Light at the level of YESHSUT. ZON can never receive the Light of Hochma in their own level; they can only receive the Light of Hassadim, the Light essential to their existence. ZON of the world of Atzilut are called Olam (world), just as our world is also called Olam, for all that ZON de Atzilut receive can be received by man in this world. And vice versa—all that ZON de Atzilut cannot receive is unattainable to man, for we attain only up to the level of ZON, and not higher.

Every degree is alternatively called Olam (world), from the word Haalamah (concealment). Every degree has its subdegrees, called Partzufim (plural for Partzuf), and every sub-degree has its own THE ZOHAR 44 sub-degrees, called Sefirot (plural for Sefira). Thus, in all, 5 x 5 x 5 = 125 degreesSefirot exist between us and the Creator. Below is a table of the degrees from the Creator down to our world: The Creator: an absolutely altruistic desire to create a soul (man) in order to fill it with delight.

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