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"The Divine light that travels through the universe"

“In Jewish tradition there are two meanings to the word
adam, man:

The first comes from the word adamah, earth, defining his physical existence; according to this meaning, the three letters of the Hebrew word adam aleph, dalet, mem – stand for efer (ash), dam (blood) and marah (bile).

The second meaning sees the word adam as derived from the phrase edame la’elyon – ‘I resemble the Supernal One,’ man in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).

The word ‘image’ can be taken almost literally.

According to the laws of optics, when a broad ray of light goes through a small aperture, it preserves the shape of its luminous source.

Similarly, the Divine light that travels through the universe is reflected through this tiny slit called ‘man’ – while remaining Divine Light, albeit on a human scale.”

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

From an essay, “Man of Light” by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz