Kabbalah Series - Hisbonenus, Part 5
Depth, Width And Length - 1

Rabbi Joseph Markel

There are three things in every intellectual concept: the depth, length and width.

The width of Binah is the aspect of the explanations of the concept to every side (from every angle) with many particular details as in the width of a river and not just the ideas as they are as in a narrow river.

And the length is the immense lowering of the intellect to enclothe the concept in various allegories until it is brought down to the grasp of a little child etc. Like a river that flows and is drawn (down) its length. [as is explained at great length in the (Kabbalistic) writings on the topic of the length of the curtains (in the Sanctuary)].

And the depth is like the depth of the river from which it widens and itself is not wide at all but is the main self of the river [called the storm (or the main current of the river)] which is the main running of its flow from its source. And the water which are above it to the height and to the sides of the depth are secondary to it (the depth) since they are only the aspect of the strength of its spreading out alone to the sides in width and height and the length of its flowing etc.

In the same way, the depth of the Muskal (the concept as it is in Chochma when it first comes into the mind) is the aspect of its quintessential (self) point the way it is. And this is called the depth of the Musag (the idea as it is in Binah - the way the mind grasps the idea) since everything that spreads out in the explanations of the idea to every side with a great width with several details and also to the length with the immense bringing down (of the intellect) as well as to the heights above, (i.e.) to understand from it (from the depth of the Musag) even more into levels that are much higher than it (the original idea) **see all this note below ** [(all the way) until the aspect of the depths of above as from the mighty floods of waters higher and higher at the time of the Flood (of Noah) and thus will it be in the days of the Messiah in spirituality in the year 600 of the life of Noah, as it says in the Zohar, that the springwells of Chochmah (wisdom) were opened etc. That is, the springs of the abyss of Chochmah that will flood mightily upwards and cover all the mountains etc. and the great pipes of the heavens were opened up etc. to bring down the waters which are above the heavens which is called the depth of the height which depends on the depth of below because their beginning is connected to their end as in "Ask a deep question or a very lofty matter" etc. (that is, the depth and the height are closely connected concepts) and like it says in the (Kabbalistic) writings)


** all this comes out of the essence of the depth of its point the way it flows out from Chochmah which is called Ein (non) (meaning non-existing - the non apprehended point of wisdom) and 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.

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

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