Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("RaMChaL"):
138 Openings of Wisdom
Start of the repair of the breakage: Zeir Anpin and Nukva grow to maturity together.
Zeir Anpin and Nukva grow to maturity together, for the male aspect is never complete without his female. The immediate gain after the repair of the breakage was that Zeir and Nukva always go together.
Having discussed the overall function of Zeir and Nukva we must now explain the process of their construction.
This proposition consists of two parts. Part 1: Zeir Anpin and Nukva. Maturity comes to Zeir and Nukva together. Part 2: The immediate gain. This phenomenon is born out of the repair of the breaking of the vessels.
Part 1: Zeir Anpin and Nukva grow to maturity together. Zeir Anpin and Nukva are two separate Partzufim each with their own unique arrangements in accordance with their respective roles. (The unique repairs of Zeir Anpin are successively higher levels of Mental Powers, while those of the Nukva - separation, Heb. nesirah , lit. "sawing" and the various states of face-to-face, back-to-back etc. - prepare her for coupling.) Nevertheless, one common aspect is that through all the time of the building of Zeir Anpin, Nukva is found with him.
Thus in the Pregnancy, Zeir Anpin is three Sefirot - Netzach-Hod-Yesod - with Nukva as the fourth over the Yesod. During Suckling, Chessed-Gevurah-Tiferet are revealed - with Nukva attached to the back parts of Tiferet. In maturity, when Chochmah-Binah-Daat of Zeir Anpin are revealed, Malchut ascends to become rooted in Daat. It is true that afterwards Nukva must undergo further building in her own right from Zeir Anpin's Netzach-Hod-Yesod, this being the main building of the Nukva. But the attachment of Nukva to Zeir Anpin in all his ascents is for the completion and perfection of Zeir Anpin - to say that the two of them will always be together.
.for the male aspect is never complete without his female. Nukva is found with Zeir Anpin in this way only in order to complete his functions, for Zeir Anpin is the head and Nukva is the end. Thus every repair received by Zeir Anpin is complete only through Nukva, for she is his end - because all the influences of Zeir Anpin are directed to the lower creations and channeled through Nukva.
Part 2: The immediate gain after the repair of the breakage. Even during the time of Zeir Anpin's immaturity, his strength is greater than during the time of the breakage. For now, in the repair, an immediate connection was formed between Zeir Anpin and Nukva. This is the essence of what was missing during the time of the breakage. It was because of the lack of connection that the other repairs were absent, which is what led to the breakage. Once this was rectified, a place was prepared for all the other repairs to come about little by little.
.was that Zeir and Nukva always go together. The first work carried out - already in the Pregnancy of Zeir and Nukva - was to bring them together so that they would always continue going together.
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