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The Zohar
The Zohar teaches that the builders of the city of the Tower of Babel used their knowledge of the Hebrew language in the use or manipulation of divine names to force the ministering angels to aid them in their task of building the city and the tower.
The Holy Ari
G-d set up the workings of the world so that His beneficence flows primarily and directly to the forces of holiness and goodness. Only a residual flow of beneficence reaches the forces of evil - just enough to keep them in existence so that they can fulfill their role.
Mystical Classics
When Noah initially planted the vineyard, he had neither constructive positive intentions nor destructive ones. However, he was joined by an external force, a demon.

Wine may be used to serve G-d from a spirit of joy and gladness, such as when reciting Kiddush in order to sanctify the Shabbat. But whenever serving profane purposes, wine causes harm.
Chasidic Masters
R. Tzadok says that whenever we stumble in our lives, there was some blessing that was trying to come through in that moment, and for whatever reason we didn’t rise to the occasion. G-d offered us a gift and it slipped through our hands.
Contemporary Kabbalists
The Generation of the Dispersion wished to receive sustenance from the Name Havayah, although they deserved no better than to receive sustenance from the lowest levels of the Name Elokim.
Ascent Lights
The Torah states that during the Flood in the year 600 all of the subterranean waterways burst forth. The Zohar explains this to mean that in the Jewish year 5600 (1830 CE), there will be a great expansion of wisdom in the world. We have seen this evidenced by the explosion of expanding secular knowledge in recent history.
Mystical Story
A chasid gets a lesson in Divine Inspiration.
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