“ וְזָרַח הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ, וּבָא הַשָּׁמֶשׁ; וְאֶל-מְקוֹמוֹ–שׁוֹאֵף זוֹרֵחַ הוּא, שָׁם”
“Also, the sun rises and the sun sets; And hastening to its place it rises there again.”
“הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים אָמַר קֹהֶלֶת, הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים הַכֹּל הָבֶל”
“Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”
The word ‘vanity’ in Hebrew ‘הבל’ and it means ‘vapor’ (of the mouth).
Vanity (singular) equals 1, vanities (plural) equals, 2 and following this method we find seven ‘vapors’ in the verse.
The Zohar explains that King Solomon, who wrote Ecclesiastes, based his book on seven ‘vapors’. They are the foundations that support the existence of the world. The body of a person cannot exist without the ‘vapor’, and so does the world.
The voice, ‘קול’ is the inner energy that drives the vapor and transforms it to spoken words. The first level of voice (inner, brain) is Neshamah. The second level of vapor vibrates out of the lungs (supported by the heart) and this is the level of Ruach. The mouth produces the words and that is the level of Nefesh.
‘Vanity of vanities’ is the foundation and the Neshamah that comes to Chessed, Gevurah and Tiferet.
The second part of ‘Vanity of vanities’ is for Ruach and the sefirot of Netzach, Hod and Yessod.
‘all is Vanity’ is for the level of Nefesh and Malchut where everything expressed out and revealed.
On Friday night when we welcome the Shabbat we sing Psalms 29. This special Psalms mentions seven voices that represent the seven Sefirot. The name YHVH appears 18 times in it. The 72 letters of the 18 names (18×4) bring Light of Chassadim (Chessed = 72 = חסד). Eleven verses for VH וה that is Zeir Anpin and Malchut. There are 91 words that represent אמן, יאהדונהי, which is the aspect of the unification of the Light YHVH יהוה and the Vessel אדני.
Every word we speak out has creative energy. Using the right and pure words reveal great light in our lives. When we join a Shabbat service or any other, we should join the singing of the prayers because the vapors that come out of our lungs are pure energies.