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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The primal seed.”

There have been people, even great people, who never had more than one idea throughout the course of their lives.

All of their writings were no more than an attempt to understand and explicate that one illumination of chokhmah.

That point, that instantaneous comprehension, is transformed on the level of binah into a thought that can last for years.

Yet from a qualitative standpoint, those years of thought and those many books on the topic contain a mere elaboration of what had existed in the primal seed of chokhmah.

—Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz