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“מַצְמִיחַ חָצִיר, לַבְּהֵמָה, וְעֵשֶׂב, לַעֲבֹדַת הָאָדָם לְהוֹצִיא לֶחֶם, מִן-הָאָרֶץ”
“Who causeth the grass to spring up for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; to bring forth bread out of the earth.”
The Man, ‘האדם’, is the aspect of Zeir Anpin that is above Malchut that nourishes from him. The Malchut and the ‘service’ of man that means the spiritual work, is what ‘brings fourth bread out of the earth’.
There is a spiritual rule that says that if something has a name, then it has ten Sefirot. All the Sefirot above Malchut have ten Sefirot each. Since they serve Malchut they continue the light all the way down. The Sefirot have different levels of desire/curtain to hold the light of Chokmah that passes through them but only Malchut can stop it from continuing.
When Malchut pushes away the light, it goes up and manifests the level of Malchut in all the Sefirot above it.
When they have Malchut, they come to ‘life’ and the light they are holding is revealed.
Without the world of Malchut pushing and restricting the Light the world would be in total darkness.
This is one explanation to the secret in Sefer Yetzirah, “Book of Formation” when it said 10 and not nine, ten and not eleven.
Our work is to reveal the light with our actions and study of Torah and Zohar. This work builds the channel to the worlds above and keeps the light flowing to the world.
In the beginning of Zohar Idra Raba, Rabbi Shimon calls his students “workers of the field”.