Hora’ah – הוראה – Teaching
The Sefirah of Yesod is associated with the tzaddik and concept of Mashiach ben Yosef. It carries with it the sense of “connection,” acting as the gate between Malchut below, and ‘all’ else above. When it is in place and functioning properly, there is harmony throughout, but when it is displaced or under duress, the world of Malchut is negatively impacted as the sustenance from above is cut off.
The Bahir, translation by Aryeh Kaplan, Samuel Weiser Inc., York Beach Maine, 1979, p. 137.
“This attribute (Yesod) is responsible for the prevention of tribulation in the world … It is known that at the moment TZaDIK (Yesod) separates from TZeDeK (‘righteousness,’ another term for the Sefirah of Malkhut), the attribute of TZeDeK (Malkhut) remains empty; then it rises to plunder and kill, to uproot and annihilate, bringing to the world several kinds of death: natural death, death from epidemic plagues, death from bizarre circumstances and other forms of death … If heaven forbid, humanity defiles itself, distancing itself from the Torah and the commandments, choosing instead iniquity, wickedness and deceit, the attribute TZaDIK (Yesod) stands, observing their deeds. When it (Yesod) sees humanity defiling itself, disdaining the Torah and its commandments while performing iniquities and deceits, the attribute TZaDIK (Yesod) collects itself and soars far above, thereby ceasing the ebb and flow of the channels. Then the attribute Adonay (Malkhut) is left like a barren land, desolate and empty of all that is good.”
Sha’are Orah (“Gates of Light”), Rabbi Joseph Gikatilla, translated by Avi Weinstein, Altamira Press, 1994, pp. 58-62
“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8