We work before the Creator, adapting ourselves to Him, and this relationship is described as the actions of a person with four species of plants (arba’a minim) in the hut, that is, in the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif).
In order to bring oneself into compliance with the Creator, I hold etrog (citron fruit) in one hand and, in the other, lulav, hadassim, and aravot (a palm branch, three boughs of the myrtle tree, and two branches of the river willow). The last three species represent those properties of mine that I need to coordinate with the Creator.
- Three boughs of the myrtle tree (Sefirot Hesed, Gevurah, and Tifferet)
- Two branches of the river willow tree (Sefirot Netzach and Hod)
- A palm branch (Sefira Yesod)
- Etrog (Malchut)
Adding them together throughout the seven days of the holiday of Sukkot, I cling to this unity in thoughts and desires, connecting in this way to the Creator in the streaming Light. After all, the Lights also come gradually and are called by the same names: Hesed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut.
As a result, if I use everything that I am given in the right way, then I correct myself and come to a full embrace with the Creator, which is called the “Joy of the Torah” (Simchat Torah) since I used all the Surrounding Light that was working on me, helping me to achieve adhesion. The Light that corrected me and led me to adhesion with the Creator is now called the Torah.
As it is written, “I have created the evil inclination, I have created for it the Torah as a spice, for the Light in it reforms.” The evil inclination is that very layer of concealment. I use all the Lights that come to me, and thanks to that they convert this exact concealment into revelation, and where the concealment was greater, deeper, and darker, then more Light is revealed.
This is how I come to the holiday Simchat Torah, to the burst of joy that comes immediately after Sukkot.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/5/14