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Tikkun 5 – 9
“אַשְׁרֵי, מַשְׂכִּיל אֶל-דָּל; בְּיוֹם רָעָה, יְמַלְּטֵהוּ יְהוָה ”
“Happy who is wise for the poor; YHVH will deliver him in the day of evil (harms).”
Malchut is considered as ‘poor’ because it has no light of its own. The Zohar brings this verse to teach us that our spiritual connections that support Malchut will save us from the ‘day of evil’. This day is the time of the cleansing process that will be before God reveals the light of Redemption in the world.
“מָה אַשְׁוֶה-לָּךְ וַאֲנַחֲמֵךְ, בְּתוּלַת בַּת-צִיּוֹן: כִּי-גָדוֹל כַּיָּם שִׁבְרֵךְ, מִי יִרְפָּא-לָךְ”
“What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter (Malchut) of Zion (Yessod)? For thy breach is great like the sea (ים) ; who (מי that is Binah) can heal thee? ”
מי, ‘Who’ is a question form about concealed/unknown entity. The numerical value is 50 and as the Zohar teaches us, it implies to Binah. When the time comes and after the hardship of the cleansing process, the light from Binah will heal the world.
The Zohar adds that מי, 50 represents the 25 letters of the Shema Israel that we recite in the morning and another 25 when we recite it in the evening.
With the Shema, we connect from Malchut to Binah through Zeir Anpin and it gives a passage through the 50 gates to Binah where we can draw energy of life to ourselves.
“אַל תַּאֲמִינוּ בְרֵעַ, אַל תִּבְטְחוּ בְּאַלּוּף; מִשֹּׁכֶבֶת חֵיקֶךָ, שְׁמֹר פִּתְחֵי פִיךָ”
“Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a familiar friend; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.”
Even when we have the highest level of soul that is Neshama in our ‘bosom’, we have the responsibility to keep her with love and connection with sacred text and words that connect to life energy of Binah. Words of negativity can bring the aspect of death and disconnect us from the ‘mother’ that is Binah. We are left with soul levels, like orphans, who don’t have support of a mother.