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Tikkun 21 – 168
In order to connect to the central column and reveal light, we have two forms of restrictions. The first is to avoid negative actions that are expressed with the 365 precepts of “You shall not do…”.
When we follow this rule we let the light flow from Zeir Anpin to Malchut.
To actually reveal the light we need to do positive actions that the Torah lists for us under 248 precepts of “Do…”. This is the second restriction that we mentioned.
The Zohar tells us that when we don’t follow the system, we steal the light from the Shechinah as if we take her away from the arms of the God.
The light from the upper level should reach the Shechina and get revealed by her. That causes her to elevate and she takes us with her. When we don’t allow this to happen the Shechina is in a ‘poor’ state.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 “רְאֵה חַיִּים עִם-אִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר-אָהַבְתָּ”
“You can see (in present and future) LIFE with the woman that you LOVED (past tense)”
The wife is reference to the Shechina and when we act with love and connect the light to Malchut, we connect to the Life Force revealed in Malchut. Love should be part of every action before we could expect any results. חי, means life and it represents the connection of the upper 9 sefirot of light coming from above and 9 Sefirot of light revealed when we restrict and create returning light. As in electricity, we must have a complete circuit to generate light, the same is with the Tree of Life. We need to draw the light and connect it to Malchut by sharing with love. Only then the circuit is closed and the light is revealed and the Tree becomes Tree of Life.
I saw a quote of Rabbi Ginsburg about the word love, אהבה, in Hebrew. אהבה is initials for אור הקדוש ברוך הוא, meaning “The Light of the Holy one Bless be He”
Choose love for life.