Hayyim Vital, Liqqutim Hadashim II


Know that with respect to this light above Keter, even though there is some judgment, it is nonetheless so ameliorated that it is not considered as judgment at all. When it enters Keter, which is already a vessel, it is considered as judgment. All is one configuration (parsuf) insofar as the vessel is pure and refined. Therefore, there is in it no feminine as there is below in the case of ’Abba’ and ’Imma’, Ze‘eir and Nuqba’. Rather all is contained in one configuration (ha-kol kalul be-farsuf ’ehad) concerning which it says “the eye of God” (Ps. 33-18). There are not two eyes, that is, hesed and din, for all is one.

Translated by Elliot Wolfson, “Beyond Good and Evil- Hypernomianism, Transmorality, and Kabbalistic Ethics.” In, Crossing Boundaries- Ethics, Antinomianism and the History of Mysticism, pp. 103-56. Edited by J. J. Kripal and W. Barnard. New York and London- Seven Bridges Press, 2002, from Hayyim Vital, Liqqutim Hadashim, edited by Daniel Touitou (Jerusalem, 1985), pp. 22-23.

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