“אַלְבִּישׁ שָׁמַיִם קַדְרוּת וְשַׂק אָשִׂים כְּסוּתָם”
“I clothe the heavens with blackness And make sackcloth their covering.”
From the day of the destruction of the Holy temple, the heavens that is Zeir Anpin, couldn’t channel its light. The secret is that blessings cannot come to a place where there is not unification of male and female.
“זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בְּרָאָם; וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם, וַיִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמָם אָדָם, בְּיוֹם, הִבָּרְאָם”
“Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man (Adam) on the day they were created.”
Adam was created as male and female and receives God’s blessings as one. Later he separated them so they can go through the process of ‘earning’. They need to come together in order to restore the connection of the original blessings from God.
“הַצַּדִּיק אָבָד, וְאֵין אִישׁ שָׂם עַל-לֵב; וְאַנְשֵׁי-חֶסֶד נֶאֱסָפִים בְּאֵין מֵבִין, כִּי-מִפְּנֵי הָרָעָה נֶאֱסַף הַצַּדִּיק”
“The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; And devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil,”
The meaning of is that the righteous lose the blessings because the connection there’s no unification of male and female.
At the time of exile, Zeir Anpin and Malchut are in different state. The souls that come to the world are different from the souls that used to come when the Holy Temple was active and Zeir Anpin and the Shechina were in unification.
We learn from the above that the time of the unification is very important when we want to draw high souls to the world. The most elevated time for a husband and wife to come together and bring a child to the world is Friday after midnight. This is when the Light of Binah begins to shine on the day of Shabbat.
Another lesson that we can take from this study is that to have blessings in our vessels, which is everything we desire, we need to bring the light in. That includes work, personal desires and marriage.
Saturday night immediately after Shabbat, we do Havdalah then we recite Patach Eliyahu, ‘Elijah Opened’. It helps to continue the Light of Shabbat to the rest of the week. A fourth meal with Birkat Hamazon followed by planning the activity of the coming week would benefit from this connection.