225. אָמַר לוֹ, אִם כֵּן, מַהוּ בְּהִבָּרְאָם, וְנֶאֱמַר בְּה’ בְּרָאָם? אָמַר לוֹ, הַכֹּל דָּבָר אֶחָד. כַּאֲשֶׁר הַשָּׁמַיִם הִתְחַבְּרוּ, ה’ הַזּוֹ הוֹצִיאָה תוֹלָדוֹת, וְהֵם נִקְרְאוּ תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ. אָמַר לוֹ, אִם כֵּן, בַּמֶּה בֵּאַרְנוּ בְּה’ בְּרָאָם – בְּאַבְרָהָם? אָמַר לוֹ, הַכֹּל דָּבָר אֶחָד הוּא. בְּאַבְרָהָם – אֵלּוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם, שֶׁמִּשָּׁם מַתְחִילִים לְהִתְפַּשֵּׁט. בְּה’ בְּרָאָם, וְזֶהוּ וְהָאָרֶץ, וְהַכֹּל דָּבָר אֶחָד.
226. אָמַר לוֹ, וַדַּאי כָּךְ הוּא, וַהֲרֵי לָמַדְנוּ, שֶׁכָּתוּב אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ. וְלָמַדְנוּ, הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה נִבְרָא בְה’, שֶׁכָּתוּב בְּהִבָּרְאָם. וְהָעוֹלָם הַבָּא נִבְרָא בְי’, שֶׁכָּתוּב (בראשית ב) וְנָהָר יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת הַגָּן – לִכְלֹל הַשָּׁמַיִם. אֶת הַגָּן – לִכְלֹל אֶת הָאָרֶץ.
While Rabbi Chiyah and Rabbi Yitzchak were walking, Rabbi Chiyah quotes Genesis 2:4
“אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ בְּהִבָּרְאָם בְּיוֹם עֲשׂוֹת יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם.”
“This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that YHVH God made the earth and the heavens,”
He explains that Zeir Anpin is called ‘The heavens’ that represents the Holy One Blessed be He. Malchut is ‘the earth’.
Below the world of Atzilut are the worlds of B’riah, Yetzirah, and Asiya. They are called ‘the account of the heavens and the earth’ from which they were born, meaning from Zeir Anpin and Malchut of Atzilut.
The Zohar explains that the word ‘בְּהִבָּרְאָם’ ‘when they were created’ teaches us that ‘בְּהִ’ means ‘in ה’, where the ה represents Malchut. ‘בָּרְאָם’ means ‘He created them’. This tells us that Malchut delivered the lower worlds. Zeir Anpin is mentioned before together with Malchut as we learned from ‘the account of the heavens and the earth’. He explains that after Zeir Anpin unified with Malchut, Malchut could deliver the lower worlds.
The word ‘בְּהִבָּרְאָם’ has the same letters as ‘אברהם’ ‘Abraham’. The connection here is that Abraham is Chessed of Zeir Anpin. From Chessed, Zeir Anpin begins to spread, and as the first Sefira Abraham represents Zeir Anpin and Malchut as ‘the heavens and the earth’.
This world was created with the ‘ה’ of Malchut and the world to come, that is Binah, was created with the letter ‘י’ that is Chokmah.
“וְנָהָרּ יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת הַגָּן וּמִשָּׁם יִפָּרֵד וְהָיָה לְאַרְבָּעָה רָאשִׁים.”
“Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four river heads.”
The ‘river’ is Binah, coming out of Eden that is Chokmah, ‘To water, the Garden’ is Zeir Anpin that is also called ‘a river’.
We learn from this verse that Zeir Anpin comes out of Chokmah and Binah that are called ‘Eden’, and ‘water the garden’ that is Malchut.
The Zohar explains here that the Chokmah and Binah of Atzilut created Zeir Anpin (male) and Malchut (female). When Z”A and Malchut unite they draw from the upper ‘river’, become ‘fruitful’ and can create the worlds below.
The Holy Ari reveals that as an expression of a formula, the ten sefirot system is in every process, one within the other, endless times.