138 Openings of Wisdom
by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("RaMChaL")
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"The redemption will come about only through the study of the Torah. And the essential redemption depends upon the study of the Kabbalah"
R. ELIYAHU, THE VILNA GAON (Evven Shelemah 11:3)
138 Openings of Wisdom makes available online the first English translation of KLaCh Pischey Chokhmah by the outstanding kabbalistic genius, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("RaMChaL", 1707-47). The translation is by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum.
138 Openings of Wisdom was written by Ramchal as the final step on a ladder of initiation into the kabbalistic wisdom that starts with Derekh HaShem ("The Way of G-d") and Da'as Tevunos ("The Knowing Heart"). Those embarking on the study of Kabbalah are advised to study these works first.
138 Openings of Wisdom is considered by leading scholars to be the classic exposition of the kabbalistic system, providing the student with all the concepts and understandings necessary in order to navigate and find meaning in the Zohar, the writings of the ARI and other kabbalistic literature.
4. His desire to bestow good to perfection through the revelation of His oneness is the cause of the deficiencies in the world, which create the conditions for man's service. The revelation of His oneness is itself the reward.
9. The form in which the Sefirot appear is a spiritual form, yet even this form is not part of their intrinsic essence but only the form in which they appear when seen through the "looking glass" of Malchut.
LETTERS AND NAMES
THE WORLD OF NEKUDIM
The Breaking of the Vessels
51. The root of the creations is in the seven lower Sefirot, while the first three only direct them. When the vessels broke, the first three Sefirot did not break, but were flawed through their connection with the lower seven.
52. The intrinsic essence of Zeir Anpin (of the Primordial Kings) is stern judgment - divisiveness and limitation - out of which comes the Other Side. Zeir Anpin is rectified and sweetened by Imma through the arousal of the Nukva.