98. "And Elohim said, 'Let there be Light(s) ? (Heb. me'orot)'" (Beresheet 1:14). THE WORD Me'orot IS WRITTEN HERE with defective spelling, WITHOUT THE LETTER VAV. THIS MEANS that the children's disease, croup (diphtheria), was created. BECAUSE WITHOUT VAV, ME'OROT MEANS CURSES, AS IN THE VERSE: "THE CURSE (HEB. ME'ERAT) OF HASHEM IS IN THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED" (MISHLEI 3:33). For, after the illumination of the primordial light was concealed, the skull (Heb. Klipah) of the brain was created. This Klipah expanded and brought forth another Klipah. As soon as THE KLIPAH went forth, it ascended and descended until it reached the small face. It wanted to cleave to it and become part of its form - it refused COMPLETELY to be separated from it. When the Holy One, blessed be He, created Adam, he separated it from there and the Klipah descended below TO THE LEVEL OF MALCHUT ONLY, in order to fix it in this world, ON THE LEVEL OF MALCHUT ALONE AND NOT ABOVE IT.