Why Study Pticha?
Why study Pticha (Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah) or The Study of the Ten Sefirot? Do I need to know how many angels are in heaven and what their names are? The fact is that we want to see a complete system in front of us, and therefore, it is very important to study it. We want to understand how we live in this system and become included into it by interacting with it. I affect the system and the system affects me, so I feel our connection. Therefore, I need to study it, perceiving it as a whole, closed, integral, and global system, including all worlds and spiritual objects, all forces.
Everything we study is included in a single system in which I want to see myself, understanding how I affect it, and how it affects me. I want to see each of my states as a consequence of this system. It includes life in this world and other states: everything is included in a single system.
It is important to receive information about the world, its history, economy, and crises, in order to perceive the most complete picture possible and understand where we are. We know that Baal HaSulam was interested in science and used all the information he had in his explanations. It is not written in vain that a Kabbalist must first study all the world sciences and only afterward will he understand what is happening above this world.
Therefore, it is important to study the Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah in order to perceive the overall picture and become included into it, starting a conscious interaction with reality.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/16/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 92
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