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Kabbalah and Chassidus discuss the "three impure klippot" and Klippos Noga.

What is the difference between each of these three klippos?

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A comment from the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Tanya Chapter 6, quoted in Tanya Chassidus Mevu'eres pg. 249 footnote 33 (my own translation):

To date I have not found in Chassidic discourses an explanation of the difference between the three Klipos Hatemeyos themselves, besides for the general explanation in Likkutey Torah in the explanation of "Eleh Ma'aseh" (92a). At first thought I could say that they correspond to the Three Foundations fire, wind and water (since "cloud" is water)* - as it is known that the Foundation of dust is included in the other three (see Sefer Hapardes Shaar Hamachri'im Chapter 3).

* Tanya there connected the Three Klipos Hatemeyos with the verse in Yechezkiel (1:4): וארה והנה רוח סערה באה מן הצפון ענן גדול ואש מתלקחת גו ("I looked and behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually.") The Lubavitcher Rebbe therefore connects the Three Klipos with the Three elements - "a storm wind", "a great cloud" (water) and "fire flashing".

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*שלוש קליפות טמאות ששמן הוא רוח סערה , ענן ,אש מתלקחת *

The names of these shells are:

  1. windstorm
  2. cloud
  3. wild fire

source: http://www.aspaklaria.info/100_QOF/%D7%A7%D7%9C%D7%A4%D7%94.htm

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YosefV, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for posting this answer! You could make it much more valuable by editing in a citation of your source. – Isaac Moses Dec 21 '12 at 17:16
no problem, this is a great forum! – YosefV Dec 21 '12 at 17:30
This is already mentioned in Michoel's answer. – HodofHod Dec 21 '12 at 17:39
Could you tell which of the sources in the page you linked to discusses this (Zohar, Shlah, etc.)? Ctrl+f searching for the phrase you put on the top gives no results. This would be a very useful answer if you have found an early source than Michoel. – b a Dec 21 '12 at 21:42

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