Gates of Imagination

by tillerofthesoil

energy-car-free-cities-fes-fez-morocco_43623_600x450Her husband is known in the gates as he sits among the elders of the land (Proverbs 31:23)…. Through these gates [sefirot], supernal rungs, the blessed Holy One becomes known; otherwise no one could grasp… the blessed Holy One, who is known and grasped to the degree that each one opens the gates of imagination, according to the capacity to attain the spirit of wisdom. As one fathoms in his mind, so he is known in his mind. So He is known in those gates. But can He be known accurately? No one has ever been able to grasp and know” (Zohar 1:103b).

Lift up your heads, O you gates; and rise up, eternal portals, that the king of glory may enter (Psalms 24:7).

YHWH loves the gates of Zion, more than all the dwellings of Jacob (Psalms 87:2).

“An impoverished person thinks that God is an old man with white hair, sitting on a wondrous throne of fire that glitters with countless sparks, as the Bible states: The Ancient-of-Days sits, the hair on His head like clean fleece, His throne—flames of fire (Daniel 7:9). Imagining this and similar fantasies, the fool corporalizes God. He falls into one of the traps that destroy faith. His awe of God is limited by his imagination” (Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, Or Ne’Erav 2:2, 18b–19a).