But as for the Shechinah itself, namely, the origin and core of the manifestation whereby the blessed Ein Sof illumines the Worlds in a revealed form and which is the source of all streams of vitality in the Worlds,

אֲבָל הַשְּׁכִינָה עַצְמָהּ, שֶׁהִיא רֵאשִׁית הַגִּילּוּי וְעִיקָּרוֹ, מַה שֶּׁאֵין־סוֹף בָּרוּךְ־הוּא מֵאִיר לָעוֹלָמוֹת בִּבְחִינַת גִּילּוּי, וְהִיא מְקוֹר כָּל הַמְשָׁכוֹת הַחַיּוּת שֶׁבְּכָל הָעוֹלָמוֹת

(4their entire vitality being no more than the light which is diffused from it like the light radiated from the sun)—

[שֶׁכָּל הַחַיּוּת שֶׁבָּהֶם, אֵינוֹ רַק אוֹר הַמִּתְפַּשֵּׁט מִמֶּנָּה – כָּאוֹר הַמִּתְפַּשֵּׁט מֵהַשֶּׁמֶשׁ]

concerning the Shechinah itself, the source of all vitality for the worlds: the worlds cannot endure or receive the light of this Shechinah, that it might actually dwell and enclothe itself in them, without a “garment” to screen and conceal its light from them,

אִי אֶפְשָׁר לָעוֹלָמוֹת לִסְבּוֹל וּלְקַבֵּל אוֹר שְׁכִינָתָהּ, שֶׁתִּשְׁכּוֹן וְתִתְלַבֵּשׁ בְּתוֹכָם מַמָּשׁ, בְּלֹא לְבוּשׁ הַמַּעֲלִים וּמַסְתִּיר אוֹרָהּ מֵהֶם,

so that they may not become entirely nullified and lose their identity within their source, just as the light of the sun is nullified in its source, namely, in the sun itself—where this light cannot be seen but only the integral mass of the sun itself.

שֶׁלֹּא יִתְבַּטְּלוּ בִּמְצִיאוּת לְגַמְרֵי בִּמְקוֹרָם, כְּבִיטּוּל אוֹר הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ בִּמְקוֹרוֹ בְּגוּף הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, שֶׁאֵין נִרְאֶה שָׁם אוֹר זֶה, רַק עֶצֶם גּוּף הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ בִּלְבָד.

So, too, since the Shechinah is the source of vitality of the whole of creation, all of which receives but a ray of the Shechinah, then if the Shechinah itself—the actual source—would be manifest, all created beings would be nullified in that source. Their situation would be exactly similar to the sun’s rays as they are found within the orb of the sun, where they are completely nullified.

In order for the Shechinah to dwell within the Worlds and their creatures, there must therefore be a “garment” which serves to conceal its light. Only then can creation receive the Shechinah and not be nullified out of existence.