Now, the intelligent will understand something far more remarkable, namely, what happens in heaven above through the deliberation and elucidation of an adjudged ruling—of the Gemara and of the earlier and latter codifiers61

וְהַמַּשְׂכִּיל יָבִין עִנְיַן פֶּלֶא גָּדוֹל מִזֶּה מְאֹד, מַה נַּעֲשֶׂה בַּשָּׁמַיִם מִמַּעַל עַל־יְדֵי עִיּוּן וּבֵירוּר הֲלָכָה פְּסוּקָה מִן הַגְּמָרָא וּפוֹסְקִים רִאשׁוֹנִים וְאַחֲרוֹנִים,

which, before this deliberation, had been concealed.

מַה שֶּׁהָיָה בְּהֶעְלֵם דָּבָר קוֹדֶם הָעִיּוּן הַלָּז,

For by means of this [clarification], one elevates this ruling from the kelipot that were hiding and covering it in such a way that it was not known at all, or that its reasoning was not clearly understood.62

כִּי עַל־יְדֵי זֶה מַעֲלֶה הֲלָכָה זוֹ מֵהַקְּלִיפּוֹת שֶׁהָיוּ מַעֲלִימִים וּמְכַסִּים אוֹתָהּ, שֶׁלֹּא הָיְתָה יְדוּעָה כְּלָל, אוֹ שֶׁלֹּא הָיְתָה מוּבֶנֶת הֵיטֵב בְּטַעֲמָהּ,

For the reason63 [underlying a particular halachah] derives mystically from the sefirah of supernal chochmah, from which sparks fell into the kelipot as a result of the primordial “breaking of the vessels.”

שֶׁהַטַּעַם הוּא סוֹד הַסְּפִירָה חָכְמָה עִילָּאָה, שֶׁנָּפְלוּ מִמֶּנָּה נִיצוֹצִין בַּקְּלִיפּוֹת בִּשְׁבִירַת הַכֵּלִים,

[As to these sparks of chochmah which constitute the reasons,] they are there in a state of exile because the kelipot rule over them and hide the wisdom of the Torah from both the higher and lower beings—both from the created beings of the higher worlds, such as angels and souls, and from man, situated here in this lowly world.

וְהֵם שָׁם בִּבְחִינַת גָּלוּת, שֶׁהַקְּלִיפּוֹת שׁוֹלְטִים עֲלֵיהֶם וּמַעֲלִימִים חָכְמַת הַתּוֹרָה מֵעֶלְיוֹנִים וְתַחְתּוֹנִים.

This is why it is stated in Raaya Mehemna, as quoted at the beginning of the present letter, that “a problematic query…emanates from the side of evil.”

וְזֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב בְּרַעְיָא מְהֵימְנָא, שֶׁהַקּוּשְׁיָא הִיא מִסִּטְרָא דְרָע.

Since it creates difficulty in the comprehension of a Torah concept, it derives from the evil kelipot, which conceal the chochmah of the Torah.