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Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam)

Table of Questions and Answers for the Meaning of the Words

Table of Questions for the Meaning of the Words

Note: Forgetting the meaning of a word regarding some issue is worse than erasing that word from the issue. This is because the alien perception would blur the matter entirely. Hence, accustom yourself through the Table of Questions and Answers, until you can answer them by heart without trouble.


What is Ohr



What is Below


What is Ohr and Kli



What is Unified


What is Ohr Agol



What is Malchut de Ein Sof


What is Ohr Pashut



What is from Above Downward


What is Ohr Hochma



What is Fulfilling


What is Ohr Hassadim



What is Above Below


What is Empty Avir



What is a Place


What is Afterwards



What is a Square


What is Middle



What is a Triangle


What is One



What is Touching


What is Creator



What is the Middle Point


What is Dvekut



What is Sof


What is Equivalence



What is Igul, Igulim


What is Hitpashtut



What is Elyon


What is Zach



What is Separation


What is Time



What is Vacant


What is Darkness



What is Pashut


What is Hochma



What is Tzimtzum


What is Halal



What is Kav


What is Before and After



What is Near


What is Unique and Unified



What is Rosh


What is Unification



What is Ruach


What is Right and Left



What is Ratzon Pashut


What is Maker



What is a Name


What is a Kli



What is Toch


What is Above



What is Movement


What is Maatzil



What is the Origin of the Neshama


Table of Answers for the Meaning of the Words

1. Ohr (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 18)

Every thing in the Olamot that exists as “existence from existence,” which is everything but the substance of the Kelim (see items 2 and 24)


2. Ohr and Kli (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 6)

The will to receive in the Ne’etzal is called Kli; and the Shefa that he receives is called Ohr.


3. Ohr Agol (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 100)

An Ohr that makes no discernment of degrees.


4. Ohr Pashut (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 30)

An Ohr that that is mingled with the Kli to the point of indiscriminating the Ohr from the Kli.


5. Ohr Hochma (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 50)

An Ohr that is Nimshach to the Ne’etzal in the first Hitpashtut, being the general sustenance and Atzmut of the Ne’etzal.


6. Ohr Hassadim (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 5)

An Ohr that clothes the Ohr Hochma and Nimshach to the Ne’etzal at the first Hitgabrut.


7. Empty Air (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 5)

It is Ohr de Hassadim before it is clothed in Ohr Hochma.


8. Afterwards (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 34)

That which stems from its previous Behina. (See item 20).


9. Middle (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 2)

See item 39.


10. One (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 1)

The Ohr Elyon that expands from His Atzmut is One and as Pashut as His Atzmut. As it is in Ein Sof, so it is in Olam Assiya, without any change and addition of Tzura whatsoever, and that is why it is called One.


11. Creator (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 18)

The name Creator relates solely to the actual Hidush (innovation, novelty), meaning the “existence from absence,” which is the substance of the Kelim, defined as the “will to receive” in every essence. It was necessarily absent from His Atzmut prior to creation.


12. Dvekut (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 30)

It is Hishtavut Tzura that brings the spirituals together and attaches them to one another, while the Shinui Tzura departs them from one another.


13. Equivalence (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 10)

When there is no discernment whatsoever among the four Behinot of the will to receive it is said that they are even and equal.


14. Hitpashtut (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 1)

Ohr that stems from the Maatzil to the Ne’etzal is called Hitpashtut of Ohr. In fact, the Ohr Elyon is not affected in any way by that. It is like lighting one candle from another, when the first is not lessened by it. The name only indicates the reception of the Ne’etzal.


15. Zach (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 90)

Behina Aleph in the will to receive is regarded as more Zach than the three Behinot that follow her.


16. Time (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 34)

It is a certain sum of Behinot that hang down from one another and are mingled with one another by an order of cause and consequence, such as days, moths and years.


17. Darkness (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 24)

Behina Dalet in the Ratzon, which does not receive the Ohr Elyon inside her by the power of the Tzimtzum, is regarded as the Shoresh of the darkness.


18. Hochma (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 50)

It is the Ohr of the Atzmut of the sustenance of the Ne’etzal (see item 5).


19. Halal (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 6)

Behina Dalet of the Ratzon that became empty of Ohr is regarded as darkness compared to the Ohr. With respect to the Kli she is regarded as a Halal because Behina Dalet was not deprived from the Ne’etzal in its Atzmut by the Tzimtzum, but there is an empty Avir in it, without Ohr.


20. Before and After (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 34)

When speaking of a relationship of cause and consequence of the Ne’etzalim, we express the cause by the term “Before” and the consequence of that consequence by the term “After.” (see item 16).


21. Unique and Unified (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 1)

Unique indicates the Ohr Elyon that shines and rules all the various degrees in their different forms to the extent that it makes them equalize with His unique Tzura. Unified indicates the end of that rule, meaning after He had already equalized and brought their Tzura to be as unique as He is (see item 14).


22. Unification (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 6)

Two different Behinot that have equalized with one another in their Tzura unite into one (see item 12).


23. Right and Left

Sometimes, an inferior degree ascends to an equal level with the superior, when the superior needs her for her own completion. In that state, the inferior is regarded as the “left” and the superior as the “right.”


24. Maker (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 18)

The title “Maker” relates specifically to the pouring of the Ohr into the Olamot, which means everything but the substance of the Kelim (see above items 11 and 1).


25. Kli (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 6)

The will to receive in the Ne’etzal is the Kli.


26. Above (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 3)

Hishtavut Tzura of the inferior with the superior is a “rise above.”


27. Maatzil

Any cause is regarded as the Maatzil of the effected degree. The title Maatzil contains both the Hamshacha of the Ohr and the Kli that receives the Ohr.


28. Origin of the Neshama (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 15)

The will to receive that was imprinted in the souls is what separates them and “severs” them off of the Ohr Elyon. That is because it is the Shinui Tzura that separates in spirituality (see item 12). The issue of the origin of the Neshama refers to the transition between Olam Atzilut and Olam Beria, which will be explained in its place.


29. Below (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 3)

The one of a lesser virtue is regarded as being “below.”


30. Unified

See definition of Unique and Unified.


31. Malchut de Ein Sof (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 14)

It is the will to receive that is necessarily there.


32. From Above Downward (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 3)

Meaning from Behina Aleph to Behina Dalet. Behina Dalet that was left without Ohr is regarded as being “below” all the other degrees. The frailer the will to receive, the higher one is considered to be. Therefore, Behina Aleph is regarded as the “highest” of all.


33. Fulfilling (Part 1, 1)

Where there isn’t any want whatsoever, and where an addition to the completeness that exists there cannot be conceived.


34. Above Below (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 3)

The more important is regarded as “Above,” and the worse as “Below.”


35. Place (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 11)

The will to receive in the Ne’etzal is the “Place” for the Shefa and the Ohr in it.


36. Square (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 200)

It is a degree that consists of all four Behinot of the Ratzon.


37. Triangle (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 400)

It is a degree with only the first three Behinot of the Ratzon.


38. Touching (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 5)

If the Shinui Tzura of the degree from the Shoresh is not so apparent as to separate from the Shoresh, it is regarded as “touching” the Shoresh. The same applies between each two adjacent degrees.


39. Middle Point (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 50)

This is the name of Behina Dalet in Ein Sof. She is named after her unification with Ohr Ein Sof.


40. Sof (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 20)

The Sof and the Sium of every Ne’etzal is done by the detaining force in Behina Dalet, where the Ohr Elyon stops shining because she does not receive it.


41. Igul (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 100)

When there are no discriminations of above and below among the four Behinot of the will to receive, it is considered as an Igul (like a round picture in corporeality, where up and down are indistinguishable). Because of that, the four Behinot are called circular Igulim one inside the other, where it is impossible to distinguish up from down.


42. Elyon (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 3)

It is the more important.


43. Separation (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 12)

Two degrees without any Hishtavut Tzura on any side are regarded as completely separated from one another.


44. Vacant (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 4)

This is a place that is prepared to receive Tikun and wholeness.


45. Pashut (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 9)

Where there are no discernments of degrees and sides.


46. Tzimtzum (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 40)

One who conquers one’s desire. In other words, one who detains oneself from receiving and does not receive despite one’s great desire to receive, is regarded as restricting (performing a Tzimtzum) one’s desire.


47. Kav (Part 1, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 1)

Indicates a discernment of up and down that was not there before. It also designates a much frailer He’arah than before.


48. Near (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 3)

The closer one’s Tzura is to another, the closer they are considered to be.


49. Rosh (Part 2, Chap 2, Ohr Pnimi, 6)

That part in the Ne’etzal that is the most like the Shoresh is called Rosh.


50. Ruach (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 5)

Ohr Hassadim is called Ruach.


51. Ratzon

See item 45.


52. Name (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 5)

The Holy Names are descriptions of how the Orot that they imply are attained. The name of the degree designates the conduct of attainment in that degree.


53. Toch (Part 1, Chap 1, Ohr Pnimi, 50)

One who receives inside is regarded as the Ohr being measured and limited in the Kli. However, one who receives outside is not regarded as placing any Gevul on the Ohr that one receives.


54. Movement (Part 1, Histaklut Pnimit, 33)

Any Hidush Tzura is regarded as a spiritual movement, for it is separated from the previous Tzura and acquires a name of its own. It is like a part that is separated from a corporeal object that moves and exits its earlier place.

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