Question: What does it mean to be the Creator’s partner?
Answer: It says that the Creator begins creation and the righteous end it. Our job is to take everything that He has prepared for us, these Lego blocks, this whole puzzle, and reconstruct the initial picture that He created. Thus we become the Creator’s partners.
We gather His creation but in the opposite form. By collecting and putting together all the parts of creation we discover where each part was created, why it was created that way, how it is connected to the other parts, and what should be done in order to connect it with the others.
It’s as if we have a pile of parts of a machine that was taken apart and are all mixed together in total disarray. We don’t know where to start and how to connect these parts, but this pile contains everything that we need and there is nothing missing except for the craftsmanship of knowing why it was created this way, for what purpose, and what should be done so that this mechanism will start working.
What kind of work should this machine do? How am I connected to it as I become an integral part of this machine? This machine has the elements of the still, vegetative, and animate nature with which it is easier to manage and which I find easier to organize. But there is the speaking part that I don’t know what to do with, I don’t understand and it cannot be connected. It’s only possible with the Creator’s help.
It’s only by putting this machine together, this puzzle, that we attain the essence of the Creator’s attitude towards us. We never attain the Eminent Himself, but only His attitude towards us, our vessels, His plan, the thought of creation, as it says: “From Your actions we will know You.” Thus we learn how the Light of Hassadim fills the vessels and then the Light of Hochma, and then we attain Keter by Bina and Hochma, which means the thought of creation.
But this is the thought of creation with regard to us, and not Him. We have no vessels to actually attain Him. At least this is what Kabbalists say. We don’t know what happens afterwards on the upper levels after the end of correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/25/13, Shamati #54 “The Purpose of the Work”