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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Created beings.”

Created beings do not receive God’s light and life force directly, but only when the latter are enclothed in many spiritual garments, layer upon layer.

Like physical clothing, these garments conceal the utterly profound divine influence while simultaneously allowing it to be transmitted beyond the divine existence, as it were, into our lower worlds.

Were the divine illumination to shine directly upon the created beings without any garment or concealment, these beings would cease to exist as created beings.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz