Holy Sparks

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The spiritual illuminations inherent in all things. The doctrine, as found in the Kabbalistic system of Isaac Luria, the Ari, runs that when the light of En Sof, the Limitless Ground of Being, poured into the vessels which were to receive this light in order to produce the Sefirot, the powers or potencies in the Godhead, the light was too strong to become limited in the vessels. As a result there are holy sparks in all things it is the task of humans to restore to the holy. When the task of restoration is complete, when all the sparks have been reclaimed for the holy, the Messiah will come and the disharmony resulting from the breaking of the vessels will be no more and cosmic redemption will have been achieved.

The doctrine of the holy sparks occupies a prominent place in Hasidism. Hasidism taught that it is incumbent on the Hasid to be fully engaged in worldly affairs in order to reclaim the holy sparks inherent in food, drink, and other worldly things.

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