Comment: The story “Megilat Ester” (“The Scroll of Esther”) begins with a great celebration. King Ahasuerus arranges a feast for his courtiers, which lasts 180 days. Then this feast continues for seven more days for all the people.
Moreover, the story lists the dishes and drinks in detail, as if it is of great interest to us what they drank and ate.
My Response: The fact is that this text encodes extensive information about nature about how we prepare ourselves for receiving the upper light, the revelation of the Creator, and so on. Everything is described under the guise of a meal.
A meal is the phenomenon of the revelation of the Creator.
Question: Why is it indicated that the feast lasted 180 days? What does it mean?
Answer: 180 days or half a year is allocated from above for the feast, and we must add from below in the form of a feast, a blessing in it and other fulfillments, we add through our presence to the complete Kli (Vessel), that is, to the complete state.
In addition, in the story of Purim, King Ahasuerus represents the Creator. That is, Ahasuerus is Keter, and his associates are Hochma and Bina. Therefore, by a feast lasting 180 days, we mean Ohr Hozer (reflected light) and Ohr Yashar (direct light)—9 Sefirot and 10 Sefirot in each of them.
Then, it speaks about seven days of the feast for the people. Seven is a very remarkable number in Kabbalah.
The soul consists of two parts: GAR—Keter, Hochma, and Bina are the first three upper Sefirot or Rosh (Head) of the soul. Then comes the body of the soul: Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut—7 Sefirot.
The division of the 10 parts of the soul into three and seven stems from its work for bestowal. Therefore, the number seven is very important. It is in these seven Sefirot, that is, desires directed at bestowal, at the connection with each other and with the Creator, that all our work is done.
Comment: Can you imagine, encoding everything like that!
My Response: No, Kabbalists simply express themselves in this language, they understand what they are talking about. And if you do not understand, so be it. It is just like when you go into the garage and hear that something has short-circuited in the car, something has gone wrong, but you do not understand what exactly: the battery, the distributor or something else?
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/15/22