Answer: In the spiritual root of all of creation there is a masculine force (the force of bestowal) and a feminine force (the force of reception). In our world, the masculine force plays the role of the force of the Creator and the feminine force plays the role of the created. But basically, these are no more than symbols.
If we scrutinize man and woman in the language of the branches, the spiritual roots of our world, then their realization happens specifically in the physical world and they are absolutely of equal value, of equal merit here.
Moreover, a woman carries out a role of much greater importance than a man. She is identified with the creation, therefore it all passes through her: the birth and upbringing of children, maintenance of the house, keeping family life. She points to her husband what to do, because the most important thing—is still existing in our world.
It is the same in the wisdom of Kabbalah because our world is arranged and built materially exactly the way the spiritual system is built and arranged. We must only understand the connection between the parallel worlds. It follows that the feminine force is found on a higher level than the masculine force and is determining. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, the ascent or descent of creation is stabilized on various levels according to the degree of the correction of desire.
Whatever you might say, on the one hand, the world began when the woman led Adam to the fall, immersion in the egoism. But on the other hand, the world is also corrected through her. She gives birth, educates, and moves it forward.
The woman elevates the world to a higher state but by the means of the men! Thus, she operates them. So even though it may seem to us that the man is found on a higher level because he is the master of the house in the family; in fact, everything is determined by the feminine ability to adjust and direct his activities correctly.
In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this is the very precise and fine-tuning between the male and female force, right and left. Ultimately, where they work together an intermediate force results. Thus, we must find the proper mutual cooperation between us in which the female force balances the male force and the male force balances the female force and both of them operate and function in perfect harmony.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/6/16