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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “We must examine the analogy again and again.”

The light of the sun shines everywhere except within the sun itself.When the light shines outside the sun, it appears as an independent entity that gives vitality to complete worlds.

But within the sun none of that has any significance.

When the light is in the source from which it is generated, it is nullified.

It returns, as it were, to the state prior to its having been created, when it did not exist at all.

One should bear in mind that the light and the source of light are only analogies.

An analogy, whether taken from the material or spiritual
world, serves to explain something beyond the analogy itself.

We must examine the analogy again and again in order to seek its deeper meaning.

In this particular analogy, the idea to contemplate is how
a derivative is nullified in relation to its source, in the fundamental existence from which it stems.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz