Sefer ha-bahir – Para 109 - North as the source of evil
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Sefer ha-bahir - Para 109
Fragment (109): It teaches that there is in God a principle that is called 'Evil,' and it lies in the north of God, for it is written [Jer. 1:14]: 'Out of the north the evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land, that is to say, all evil that comes upon all the inhabitants of the land breaks forth out of the north. And what principle is this? It is the form of the hand [one of the seven holy forms which represent God as the original man], and it has many messengers, and all are named 'Evil,' 'Evil' . . . And it is they that fling the world into guilt, for the tohu is in the north, and tohu means precisely the evil that confuses men until they sin, and it is the source of all man's evil impulses.