239. מַה כָּתוּב? ה’ בָּדָד יַנְחֶנּוּ וְאֵין עִמּוֹ אֵל נֵכָר. הוּא בִּלְבַדּוֹ, שֶׁכָּתוּב (שמות יג) וַה’ הֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵיהֶם וְגוֹ’. וְאֵין עִמּוֹ אֵל נֵכָר, שֶׁלֹּא הִנְהִיג לָהֶם לְיִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא מַלְאָךְ, וְלֹא מְמֻנֶּה אַחֵר, שֶׁהֵם נִקְרָאִים אֵל נֵכָר. וְזֶהוּ שֶׁאָמַר מֹשֶׁה, (שמות לג) אִם אֵין פָּנֶיךָ הֹלְכִים אַל תַּעֲלֵנוּ מִזֶּה. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב ה’ בָּדָד יַנְחֶנּוּ. הוּא בִּלְבַדּוֹ, וְאֵין עִמּוֹ אֵל נֵכָר.
Rabbi Yossi says that no one has compassion for his children like the eagle.
“וּדְמוּת פְּנֵיהֶם פְּנֵי אָדָם וּפְנֵי אַרְיֵה אֶל הַיָּמִין לְאַרְבַּעְתָּם וּפְנֵי שׁוֹר מֵהַשְּׂמֹאול לְאַרְבַּעְתָּן וּפְנֵי נֶשֶׁר לְאַרְבַּעְתָּן.”
“As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.”
The eagle is one of the living Creatures of the Holy throne. He is in the place of Jacob, the center column.
“דֶּרֶךְ הַנֶּשֶׁר בַּשָּׁמַיִם דֶּרֶךְ נָחָשׁ עֲלֵי צוּר דֶּרֶךְ אֳנִיָּה בְלֶב יָם וְדֶרֶךְ גֶּבֶר בְּעַלְמָה.”
“The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin.”
Zeir Anpin is called the sky, heavens. It is the center that includes the Right and the Left columns together. The Holy One Blessed be He includes Chessed and Judgment and is merciful toward his children, like the Eagle leads his children.
“יְהוָה בָּדָד יַנְחֶנּוּ וְאֵין עִמּוֹ אֵל נֵכָר.”
“So YHVH alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”
YHVH is leading us to the ‘Promised Land’ and ‘no strange god’ that is a reference to the ministers of the other nations.
“וַיהוָה הֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵיהֶם יוֹמָם בְּעַמּוּד עָנָן לַנְחֹתָם הַדֶּרֶךְ וְלַיְלָה בְּעַמּוּד אֵשׁ לְהָאִיר לָהֶם לָלֶכֶת יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה.”
“And YHVH went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.”
YHVH doesn’t use ministers to lead us like the other nations. He alone leads us with his infinite mercy.
During the journeys in the desert, we enjoy the blessings of the brothers, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Moses connected us to the Manna from high heavens, Miriam brought the water from the earth, and Aaron brought the clouds that represented Zeir Anpin and the mercy, and protection of YHVH.