The Kabbalah Series - Part 4
The Something and the Nothing - Yesh VeEin
Rabbi Joseph Markel

Chochmah and Binah

Chochmah is called Ein (non) (meaning non-existing - the non apprehended point of wisdom) and Binah is called Yesh (something) as it says "a river flows out of Eden" for Binah (understanding) is called a river and Chochmah is called a spring as is known.

Chochmah is in the aspect of being the actual Ein (nothing) i.e. the non-apprehended ethereal source of the concept before it came to be include in the depth of the point of the Musag of Binah (the idea as it is intellectually grasped by understanding). Like a spring in regards to a river as stated above. As it is written "A spring comes out from under the Holy of Holies, its beginning is thin like the horns of grasshoppers etc."

And what is written "and the Chochmah comes into existence from the Ein (nothingness)". That is from the hiddenness of the Chochmah which is called the depth of Chochmah that is from Chochmah Stima'a of Arich. (the hidden Chochma in the externality of the Kesser)

Musag of Binah

The Musag of Binah (the idea as it is intellectually grasped by Understanding) is just the depth of the apprehension of Binah which is felt in the way of a Yesh (something) during the understanding of some subject through a revealed theory. However, this depth of the point of the explanations of the Hassogah (the reach of Binah) is in the aspect of being an Ein (nothing) only in respect to the Yesh (somethingness) of the Hassogah itself and this has no comparison to the Ein (nothingness) of Chochmah itself before it comes to be included in the Hassogah at all. Even in the depths of it (the Hassogah of Binah) which is its essence, it does not compare to the Ein of Chochmah. (i.e. the nothing of Binah is more of a something than the something of Chochmah and the nothing of Chochmah is more of a something than the something of Kesser.

This depth of the Understanding of the concept in Binah is brought down from the Ein (nothing) of Chochmah into the Yesh (something) of Binah when one by repetitive Iyun study, i.e. Hisbonenus, brings the concept into his mind in a way it can be grasped.

As we see in actuality that anyone who repetitively does Iyun just into the depth of the Musag (of Binah) will eventually discover the root and source of the Muskal (the pure intellectual idea of Chochmah) and will be able to discover new aspects of the light of Chochmah and bring them into Binah (felt, graspable Understanding).

And only after this (process of Iyun/analysis) is it possible to give birth to new ideas and to discover in Chochmah new reaches of understanding (Binah) but only in this particular Musag. And this is called Chochmah of Binah.

*NOTE - Musag = the idea in Binah. Muskal = the idea in Chochmah

Copyright 1997 - 1998 Rabbi Yossi Markel, who has two web sites you can visit: Moshiach and Kabbalah on Line

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