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Tanya for Wednesday, 15 Av, 5780 - August 5, 2020

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Tanya for 15 Av

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Now, though this is the "lower hei," the latter hei of the Four-Letter Name of G-d, [Supernal speech is of the level of Malchut, as alluded to in the verse, "The king's utterance reigns." [20] The hei that is the source of speech is thus the lower hei of the Tetragrammaton, the letter which denotes the level of Malchut.] while our Sages, of blessed memory, expounded this - [that the World to Come was created by the letter yud and this world by the letter hei] - from their reading of the verse, "For by yud-hei [did G-d create the worlds],"

[Since these are the first two letters of the Divine Name, how are we taught here that the statement that "this world was created by the letter hei" refers to the lower letter hei, the source of the breath of the letters of speech?] this is because its source and the beginning of its progress into a state of manifestation from the obscurity of the yud is influenced and drawn forth from the level of the upper hei.

[The obscurity of the yud of Chochmah is the source of every manner of revelation, both of the World to Come as well as of this world. As this relates to the letters: it serves as the source of revelation both for the "form" as well as the "matter" of the letters. It is only that in the resulting revelation of the letters, the "form" of the letters and the revelation of the World to Come emanate from the letter yud - from Chochmah - itself, while the revelation of the "matter" or external aspect of the letters emanates from the "breath of the heart," from the latter hei of the Divine Name.]

[The form or shape of the letter hei] has dimensions of length and width to indicate the faculty of Binah, [for the upper hei of the Divine Name denotes the level of Binah,] which is the expansion of the "concealed intellect" into a state of manifestation and apprehension, extending into Daat, and its diffusion - [the diffusion of the flow of Binah] - culminates in the heart.

Thus it is written in the Tikkunim [21] that "Binah is the heart, and by means of it the heart understands." [Thus, the diffusion of Binah takes place within the heart.]

From there issues the breath, the original manifestation of the "body" of the letters of speech which become revealed from the concealment of the yud through the five organs of speech.

The shape of the lower hei which, in its written form, also has dimensions of length and width, indicates the extension of [G-d's] blessed Sovereignty, "the sovereignty of all worlds," [22] which extends upward and downward, and in the four directions, [all these directions] extending and issuing from the letters of the "word of G-d"; as it is written in Kohelet, "The king's utterance reigns," as explained elsewhere.

[Just as a king of flesh and blood rules through his faculty of speech, by issuing commands, so too does Supernal speech extend G-d's reign in all the dimensions of the created universe.]

[23] [As for understanding somewhat the concept and nature of "letters of speech" in relation to Divinity, inasmuch as [G-d] has no form of a body, nor of a soul, heaven forfend, this has already been explained comprehensively yet concisely [24] (in Likkutei Amarim, Part II, chs. 11 and 12; see there).]



  1. (Back to text) Kohelet 8:4.

  2. (Back to text) Introduction to Tikkunei Zohar.

  3. (Back to text) Tehillim 145:13.

  4. (Back to text) Brackets are in the original text.

  5. (Back to text) Parentheses are in the original text.

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