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“ וּפְנֵיהֶם, וְכַנְפֵיהֶם פְּרֻדוֹת מִלְמָעְלָה: לְאִישׁ, שְׁתַּיִם חֹבְרוֹת אִישׁ, וּשְׁתַּיִם מְכַסּוֹת, אֵת גְּוִיֹּתֵיהֶנָה.”
“Thus were their faces; and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.”
The Zohar teaches us that every spiritual aspect has a head and a body. Head is the upper three Sefirot of Keter, Chokmah and Binah (or Chokmah Binah and Da’at during the actual connection). Body is the lower seven Sefirot of Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yessod and Malchut.
The Tefilin, with the concealed Torah sections inside, help us with the unification of upper and lower, specifically the two names יאהדונהי in unification. יאהדונהי sequence is known as the אמן Amen sequence and it has the same numerical value of the two names, 91.
The silent prayer has 18 blessings that bring ‘life’ to the unification of the names, יאהדונהי, each time we say Amen.
Only when we do the bowing and answer Amen to all blessings, our prayers can pass the upper gates. The Zohar tells us that the four Holy Creatures have instructions from the Holy one Bless be He (Endless Light) to open their ‘wings’ to carry the prayers only if the person made the proper unification of the names.
The Zohar reveals to us that a person that answers Amen to a blessing has greater merit than the one who actually says the blessing. The reason for that is, when the blessing is recited it has only the name YHVH in it. When answering Amen, 91 to a blessing we activate the aspect of the unification of two names, YHVH and ADNY, יאהדונהי. It is even more important when the Amen is said during the repetition of the Silent prayer.
Next time you are praying with your congregation, forget the chat and take the opportunity to use this important tool that will place your prayers on the ‘wings’ of angels. Encourage your friends to do the same to elevate the connection of the entire congregation.