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A mystical, ethical text on the imitation of God, by Moses Cordovero (1522-70)

http://www.digital-brilliance.com/kab/d ... eborah.pdf
It is proper for man to imitate his Creator, resembling Him in both likeness and image according to the
secret of the Supernal Form. Because the chief Supernal image and likeness is in deeds, a human
resemblance merely in bodily appearance and not in deeds debases that Form. Of the man who resembles the
Form in body alone it is said: 'A handsome form whose deeds are ugly.' For what value can there be in man's
resemblance to the Supernal Form in bodily limbs if his deeds have no resemblance to those of his Creator?
Consequently, it is proper for man to imitate the acts of the Supernal Crown, which are the thirteen highest
attributes of mercy hinted at in the verses:

Who is a God like unto Thee, that beareth iniquity
And passeth by the transgression of the remnant of
His heritage?
He retaineth not His anger for ever,
Because he delighteth in mercy.
He will again have compassion upon us;
He will subdue our iniquities:
And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of
the sea.
Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to
Abraham
As Thou has sworn unto our fathers from the days
of old. [Micah 7:18-20]

Hence it is proper that these thirteen attributes, which we shall now expound, be found in man.
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In addition to comments on these 13 virtues (above), each of the ten Sephiroth, being aspects of the Divine, have qualities that we should imitate:
Chapter II: Attaining the Qualities of Keter

For man to resemble his Creator according to the secret of the Supernal Crown he must possess, too, many of
the chief qualities of the divine providence.

I) The quality of humility includes all qualities, for it belongs to the Crown, which is the highest attribute. It
does not raise nor exalt itself upwards; on the contrary, it descends to look downwards at all times. For this
there are two reasons. The first is that it is ashamed to gaze at its Source, but the Cause of its emanation
looks continually into it to give goodness to it while it looks down to those beneath. So, too, man should be
ashamed to gaze proudly upwards, but he should ever look downwards in order to abase himself as much as
possible.
This quality depends chiefly on the head, for the proud man lifts his head upwards while the poor man lowers
his head. Behold, there is none so patient and so humble as our God in His quality of Crown. For there is
perfect mercy before which there can enter no flaw, sin, judgment nor any other quality to prevent it
providing and flowing with goodness at all times. So, too, should man behave, that no cause whatsoever
prevent him doing good to others and any sin or the misdeeds of unworthy persons be barred entrance in
order to prevent him doing good to all who need it at all times and in every moment.
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Deborah looks like a fine woman to marry. But? . . . :"":
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Nicholas wrote: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:19 pm In addition to comments on these 13 virtues (above), each of the ten Sephiroth, being aspects of the Divine, have qualities that we should imitate. The translator was Louis Jacobs (d. 2006):
Chapter II: Attaining the Qualities of Keter

For man to resemble his Creator according to the secret of the Supernal Crown he must possess, too, many of
the chief qualities of the divine providence.

I) The quality of humility includes all qualities, for it belongs to the Crown, which is the highest attribute. It
does not raise nor exalt itself upwards; on the contrary, it descends to look downwards at all times. For this
there are two reasons. The first is that it is ashamed to gaze at its Source, but the Cause of its emanation
looks continually into it to give goodness to it while it looks down to those beneath. So, too, man should be
ashamed to gaze proudly upwards, but he should ever look downwards in order to abase himself as much as
possible.
This quality depends chiefly on the head, for the proud man lifts his head upwards while the poor man lowers
his head. Behold, there is none so patient and so humble as our God in His quality of Crown. For there is
perfect mercy before which there can enter no flaw, sin, judgment nor any other quality to prevent it
providing and flowing with goodness at all times. So, too, should man behave, that no cause whatsoever
prevent him doing good to others and any sin or the misdeeds of unworthy persons be barred entrance in
order to prevent him doing good to all who need it at all times and in every moment.
Source is the En Soph, meaning the Boundless or Infinite
So, too is the second reason applied to both Man & Keter-Crown
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II His thoughts should resemble the thoughts of the Crown. Just as wisdom never ceases from thinking good
thoughts, not allowing evil to enter, for it is perfect mercy and there is no judgment and nothing at all harsh
there, so, too, man's mind should be free from every ugly thing. And just as it accords with the secret of the
Supernal Wisdom, the Pre-existent Torah *, and no secret of Torah is lacking there, so man should not turn
his mind to any thoughts apart from those of Torah and the contemplation of God's majesty and goodness and
the way to do good and so forth. In short: nothing strange nor negative should be present in his thoughts.

* The Pre-existent Torah - The Rabbinic teaching that the Torah preceded the creation of the world (Gen. R. VIII) is mystically interpreted as referring to the Sephirah of Wisdom, the secret source of the Torah, v. Zohar I, 15b, II, 200a
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The chief quality he should make his own is humility, for this is the key to them all for it is the chief of them all, the first aspect of the Crown, under which all are contained.

Behold, humility chiefly means that man finds no worth in himself but values himself as naught. As the humble one [Moses] said: "What are we that ye complain against us?" until in his own eyes he is the lowest of creatures and exceedingly despicable and loathsome. Then when he strives constantly to acquire this quality all other good qualities will follow in its wake. For the first quality of Crown is that it considers itself as naught before the One from Whom it emanates. So, too, a man should consider himself as actually nothing and his non-existence far better than his existence. As a result of this he will behave towards those who offend him as if they were right and he the wrongdoer. And this will be the cause of acquiring the good qualities.
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Man should train himself to do two things: first, to honor all creatures, in whom he recognises the exalted nature of the Creator Who in wisdom created man. And so it was with all creatures, that the wisdom of the Creator is in them. He should see for himself that they are therefore exceedingly to be honored.
The second is to bring the love of his fellow-men into his heart, even loving the wicked as if they were his brothers and more so until the love of his fellow-men becomes firmly fixed in his heart. He should love even the wicked in his heart. How can he love them? By recalling in his thoughts the good qualities they possess, by covering their defects and refusing to look at their faults and only at their good qualities.
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Chapter III: Attaining the Qualities of Chokmah

How should a man train himself to possess the quality of Wisdom? Behold, Supernal Wisdom, though it is hidden and exceedingly exalted, is spread over all creatures. Concerning this it is said: 'How manifold are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom Thou has made them all.' So, too, it is proper for man that his wisdom be ready to benefit all. He should be an effective teacher of men, to each according to his powers, influencing each as much as he possibly can without in any way preventing him.
Behold, Wisdom has two faces. The higher face turns toward the Crown, it does not gaze downwards but receives from above. The second face, the lower one, turns downwards to control the Sephiroth, emanating of its wisdom to them. So, too, man should have two faces: the one, his solitude with his Creator in order to add to his wisdom which the Holy One, Blessed is He, has poured upon him. And just as Wisdom pours out to each Sephirah according to its measure and needs so he should pour out to each man according to the dimensions of his mind, the amount he can bear and that which is fit and proper for him. He should take care not to give more than the mind of the recipient can hold so that no harm may befall, for the Highest Sephirah does not add to the amount determined by the limits of the recipient.
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