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Beriah

Beriah

 
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 The  World of Beriah or "Creation" is, as its name implies, the first of the Created or Manifest Worlds, but it is also the region of Archangels, and because of its proximity to Atzilut it is itself extremely sublime and spiritual. 

In keeping with general Kabbalistic cosmology, in the Lurianic system this world was identified with the occult­visionary "Chariot Mysticism" (Merkavah) of the pre­Kabbalistic (first millienum CE) Hekhalot literature. 

Beriah being so far removed from the En Sof, it draws its vivification through Atzilut, so that Atzilut is in a sense the "soul" of Beriah.  Thus the divine emanation or power exists in smaller measure and less intensity than in Atzilut.  Beriah is the world where the effect of the tzimtzum is first felt, and hence individual beings are able to exist.  Thus the Lurianic teachings speak of a Massach or Prassa (curtain, covering) between Beriah from Atzilut, denoting the immense separation and distinction between these worlds (Jacob Immanuel Schochet, Mystical Concepts in Hassidism Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn New York, 1979, p.110)


 
 
 
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