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When every the dimension of heaven was folded upon the earth at the reception of the Torah, as fine bed sheets upon a mattress, it was then that G-d said, "I have come to my garden, the place I most desired from the beginning." The angels were stunned

Where the Essence Dwells

Where the Essence Dwells

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When every dimension of heaven was folded upon the Earth at the reception of the Torah, as fine bed sheets upon a mattress, it was then that G‑d said, "I have come to my garden, the place I most desired from the beginning."

The angels were stunned. Here they are, praising their Creator in sublime harmony since the outset of existence. There is no jealousy or unpleasantness amongst them, only love and brotherhood. No ignorance, no confusion, only revelation and vision.

They look upon our world of savage atrocities, of cruelty between man and man, of blindness to the most obvious of truths, a place where each thing grabs its place and refuses to yield to another, and they say, "This place He desires?! This He calls a garden of pleasure?! This is the lowest of all possible worlds, the ultimate descent of His Holy Light! Concealment in its most absolute form! And this He chooses for His holy dwelling?!"

So the Almighty replies, "For Me, the most elevated of worlds is a descent. I began with Infinite Light that contained all things and is the perfection of them all. Within that light I imagined the shadows of many beings, and I withdrew the light so that the shadows could become real. And they are you and your worlds, sustained by a glimmer of a reflection of a ray of the Light that manages to squeeze its way in. Each world lower than the next, the Light successively diminished with many filters and contractions.

"In the minds of you, the creations of each world, the Infinite Light was withdrawn. But my Presence, that was never withdrawn. I remain untouched and unchanged, receiving nothing, losing nothing.

"Do I then have a need for the descent of light? There is nothing all the beauty of your worlds can provide me that I do not already have. I have no needs, nothing lacking, therefore I need no reason for anything I do, including the creation of all of you.

"I created your worlds not with a need, not from any cause, but nevertheless with a purpose and a desire: I decided that the Infinite Light should meet with the Absolute Darkness and in their marriage My Essence will be found. I chose to be found at home in the lowest of all worlds."

This is what is stated in the ancient Midrash: The ultimate purpose of creation of all worlds, upper and lower, is that the Holy One, blessed be He, desired a home in the lowest of all worlds.

Why do we call G-d the Infinite Light? Because no place is too small, no moment too insignificant, for the Infinite Light to belong.
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Anonymous Midbar Yehuda January 4, 2018

Rabbi Freeman Daily dose of wisdom We are blessed with your insights which you offer us again and again. In genuine humility you bestow your life experience what has been revealed to you and introduce us to ways to internalize the messages from beyond. Thank you for selflessly helping us (the readers) to really interpret what we "see," and experience through a selfless lens. And in trying to help us in a myriad of ways from more and more different angles
you bring into the "picture" greater and greater joy and deep romance and love of the creator and all of creation itself. Your journey touches and changes ours. Enriched and enlivened realigned and refocused we bless you to keep on bestowing and teaching, changing and unifying heaven and earth. Making that dwelling place b'tach ---tonim...so that we catch on and live as He really desires. Be blesed with joy, love of G-d and your fellow man and your own journey and life itself. Keep teaching leshma so that your modest and truly humble manner will ask us to truly live. Reply

Anonymous Boston November 29, 2015

re: menachem mendel You are absolutely right: G-d is the true Atzmi. He therefore needs nothing, lacks nothing that he should Desire it.
But nevertheless, He Chose to Desire.
Why? We will never be able to grasp "why". That's part of Him being the True Essence, beyond infinite, beyond "beyond". What we do know is "what" and its mind shattering message:
Despite all of the above, He Desired you. Me. Two legged creatures that on the surface have absolutely no ability to connect with Him, or his Oneness, but through His Essential Desire can now do the impossible: Breach the gap between two worlds, between two opposites, in order to reveal Him.
Your question is not a contradiction. It is exactly the point. Reply

Menachem Mendel Brooklyn February 17, 2015

I've continued to be confused re G-d's desiring something. Doesn't having a desire imply having a need? But G-d needs nothing. Is there a contradiction there? Reply

David Levant Emerson,NJ May 16, 2014

This is true. There is no other way for G-D to learn of HIS essence. He resides in all worlds. Humanity seeks the unknown, G-D essence will be revealed by the search of man in their quest to find answers. Reply

Kara Holcomb S.F October 16, 2013

There are angels that are light, they are generally drawn to us when we are in the darkest part of our journey..and the dark angels are drawn to the light part of us. We are afterall all one being getting to know itself by learning that which we do not recognize or learn more from it. Isn't it all seconds of miracles..awe Reply

Avigayil Chana Boston, Massachusetts via chabadnashoba.org February 17, 2013

Angels Are the angels rooting for us, or against us? I hear stories of guardian angels, is that Jewish? Or, are the angels jealous, as in the story of the hard time they gave Moshe re. the giving of the Torah? Does the Torah or Gemarra, etc., say much? Reply

Miss eugina herrera January 17, 2012

Essence Dwells 'Light Conquers All" Reply