What is the spiritual significance of "Mayim Nukvin" (feminine waters) according to Chassidus? I have seen it plenty of times in Tanya and various Maamarim, but I never really understood the concept.

  • Something that you initiate to connect to Hashem (prayer, Mitzvos, etc.) that illicits a response. The response is called Mayim Duchrin - masculine waters.
    – Yishai
    Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 19:08
  • You're talking about Peshat or the Ruchnius inyan behind it? Commented Aug 14, 2014 at 21:57
  • Ruchniyus inyan Commented Aug 15, 2014 at 1:49
  • chabad.org/library/tanya/tanya_cdo/aid/7953/jewish/…
    – Yishai
    Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 14:21

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Another name for it is Isarusa Dilesato אתערותא דלתתא, An arousal of below. It's when we work hard to achieve an inspiration to connect with and serve Hashem. It's called מים נוקבין mayim nukvin because the giver (Hashem) in chassidus is considered male and the recipient (us) is considered female. Our אתערותא דלתתא can cause an אתערותא דלעילה, also called מים דוכרין, male waters, from above. There can also be an אתערותא דלעילה without an אתערותא דלתתא first, but to make it last, you need an אתערותא דלתתא.

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