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Malchut & the Feminine, pt. 2

by Mrs. Chana Weisberg

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Malchut as Speech & Communication

Speech has also been used to depict the concept of the feminine  malchut.1 Through speech or the "Ten Utterances" of G-d, Creation came into being, enabling G-d's sovereignty to be felt by seemingly distinct created beings. Through this speech, the "hidden worlds" evolved into revealed worlds with the creation of physical reality.

So, too, malchut channels and elicits the original illumination (represented by the yud), its elaboration and development (represented by the first hei and its implementation through the various attributes (represented by the vav) into actuality (represented by the final hei). 

Interestingly, on a sociological and psychological level, women, representing the feminine malchut generally excel in the domain of speech and communication. It has been noted how men report while women rapport, developing the ideas and original dry information as they elaborate, convey understanding and relate it to one another. Thus, the power to communicate, to nurture and to empathize are all areas in which women, as the feminine representation of the sefirah of malchut excel.

Furthermore, as Creation continues to evolve towards its ultimate intent, when G-d's sovereignty will be felt over all of Creation, in the Era of Redemption, the sphere and qualities of malchut become increasingly more dominant.

Interestingly, in our own day and age, as we approach this era, these feminine qualities of empathy, nurturing and team playing, or otherwise termed "soft skills", are becoming more and more sought after and appreciated by men and women. This holds true in the work force as well as in interpersonal relationships.

The ideal male is no longer the commanding, hard, goal-driven individual, but has, rather, absorbed the traditionally feminine qualities of sensitivity, supportiveness, communication and empathy
The ideal male is no longer the commanding, hard, goal-driven individual, but has, rather, absorbed the traditionally feminine qualities of sensitivity, supportiveness, communication and empathy.

Malchut as Mitzvahs & the Woman of Valor

The vav of Havayah and its masculine mode represent Torah study. Malchut and the feminine mode represent the concept of the  mitzvahs, which elicit the divine will into this physical world by utilizing and consecrating the physical aspects of reality.

While the effects of Torah study remain in the realm of thought and the masculine domain of the vav, mitzvahs bring that divine thought down into our world through actual practice. The Thought thus becomes transformed into the Will. As the divine will becomes a part of our Creation, even the most mundane, material aspects of Creation are utilized for G-d's will. 

That is how, for example, a crude piece of animal hide can become holy, as it is made into parchment for a Torah, Mezuzah or Tefillin scroll. Similarly, food becomes elevated when used to celebrate Shabbat, the holidays, or even when a blessing is said over it, or when the energy derived from its consumption is utilized for the performance of mitzvahs. This principle holds true for all mitzvahs, since they are performed specifically with physical objects, or our physical bodies.

Footnotes

  • 1. See for example Iggeret Hakodesh, Ch. 26 quoting Introduction to Tikunim 17a which states: "Malchut, that is the Mouth and we call it the Oral Torah."

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