Beriah

Beriah or Beri’ah (Hebrew: בְּרִיאָה), Briyah, or B’ri’ah (also known as Olam Beriah, עוֹלָם בְּרִיאָה literally “the World of Creation”), is the second of the four celestial worlds in the Kabbalah Tree of Life, intermediate between the World of Emanation (Atziluth) and the World of Formation (Yetzirah), the third world, that of the angels. It is known as the World of Creation, or Korsia (from the Hebrew כּוּרסָה – “sitting”, “chair”, understood as “the Throne”).

Beri’ah is the first of the four worlds to be created Ex nihilo, since Atzilut was emanated rather than created. Thus, although there are beings who dwell in Atzilut, these beings are overwhelmed by the Divine Light and are not aware of their own existence; in Beri’ah, on the other hand, the angels are dimly aware of their own existence as distinct from that of GOD.

Beri’ah is the abode of the permanent archangels, as opposed to the non-permanent angels who dwell in the Yetzirah.

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