The Image of the Seal Through which He is Known

by tillerofthesoil

image“Nothing existed until there arose within the will of thought actualizing all by impress of the סָמִיטְרָא (samitra), signet, creating the world” (Zohar 1:15b).

You will be transformed like clay of a חוֹתָם (ḥotam), stamp (Job 38:14).

“וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים (Va-yippaḥ be-appaiv nishmat ḥayyim)And He blew into his nostrils the soul of life (Genesis 2:7)—חוֹתָם (ḥotam), stamp, signet ring, seal [cf. חוֹטֶם (ḥotem), nose; Isaiah 48:9]” (Ba’al ha-Turim).

“For if a man strikes many coins from one חוֹתָם (ḥotam), stamp, they all resemble one another, but the Supreme King of the Kings of Kings, the blessed Holy One, fashioned every man in the stamp of the first man, and yet not one of them resembles his fellow. Therefore every single person is obliged to say: ‘The world was created for my sake’” (BT Sanhedrin 37a).

“Thus the Shekhinah says [to the blessed Holy One]: Even though You ascend above Your image is never removed from me, like the חוֹתָם (ḥotam), seal, that is in the place to which cleaves the impression of the master of the seal. The image of the seal through which He is known is not removed from Her” (Tiqqunei Zohar 1:18a, translated in Elliot Wolfson, Through a Speculum that Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism).

“There is no place empty of Him” (Tiqqunei ha-Zohar 57, 91b).

“Like a king that sends a document with his seal, and the likeness of the king is imprinted in the wax of the seal. The sefirot of Atsilut are precisely the likeness of the King. The sefirot of Beri’ah are the seal of the king, and the sefirot of Yetsirah are the angels which are the living beings, and they are the form of the seal in wax” (Tiqqunei ha-Zohar 3b).

“Truth is the חוֹתָם (ḥotam), seal, of the blessed Holy One” (BT Shabbat 55a).

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