A Single Point that Stands in the Center

by tillerofthesoil

shutterstock_54187501Through wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is firm-founded. And through knowledge, rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant wealth (Proverbs 24:3).

“Come and see: Every circle that exists is constructed from a single point that stands in the center” (Zohar Ḥadash, Bereshit, 5a, Sitrei Otiot).

“From a single point you can extend the dimensions of all things. Similarly, when the concealed arouses itself to exist, at first it brings into being something the size of the point of a needle, from there it generates everything” (Rabbi Moshe de León, Sheqel ha-Qodesh, 23-26, translated in Matt, The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism p. 69).

“At the head of potency of the King. He engraved engravings in luster on high. A spark of impenetrable darkness flashed within the concealed of the concealed, from the head of Infinity—a cluster of vapor forming in formlessness, thrust in a ring, not white, not black, not red, not green, no color at all. As a cord surveyed, it yielded radiant colors. Deep within the spark gushed a flow, splaying colors below, concealed within the concealed of the mystery of Ein Sof. It split and did not split its aura, was not known at all, until under the impact of splitting, a single, concealed, supernal point shone. Beyond that point, nothing is known, so it is called רֵאשִׁית (Reshit), Beginning, first command of all…  זֹהַר (Zohar), (Radiance)! Sowing seed for its glory, like the seed of fine purple silk wrapping itself within, weaving itself a palace, constituting its praise, availing all” (Zohar 1:15a).

“When enclosed and hidden within itself, within the supernal point above, She [Binah] assumes the form of the letter ס (samekh), enclosed within and hidden, ascending above. And when She returns and sits רְבִיעָא (revi’a), crouching, over children below to suckle them, She assumes the form of the letter ם (mem), רְבִיעָא (revi’a), quadrilateral, enclosed in four directions of the world” (Zohar 2:127a).

“Ulla Bira’ah said in the name of Rabbi El’azar: In the days to come the blessed Holy One will hold a chorus [lit., circle] for the righteous and He will sit in their midst in the Garden of Eden and every one of them will point with his finger towards Him, as it is said, And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is YHWH; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation (Isaiah 25:9)” (BT Ta’anit 31a).