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תִּקּוּן שִׁשִּׁים וְשִׁבְעָה

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִי”ם, זֶה מטטרו”ן, שֶׁבָּרָא אוֹתוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא קַדְמוֹן וְרֵאשִׁית לְכָל צְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם שֶׁלְּמַטָּה, וְזֶהוּ אָדָם הַקָּטֹן, שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עָשָׂה אוֹתוֹ בִדְמוּת וְצִיּוּר שֶׁל מַעְלָה בְּלִי עִרְבּוּבְיָה, וְעָלָיו נֶאֱמַר תּוֹצֵא הָאָרֶץ נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה לְמִינָהּ, וְהוּא עֵץ פְּרִי עֹשֶׂה פְּרִי לְמִינוֹ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה. אוֹי לְמִי שֶׁעוֹשֶׂה עִרְבּוּבְיָה לְמַעְלָה וּלְמַטָּה, שֶׁזֶּהוּ אִילָן שֶׁל עִרְבּוּבְיָה, עִרְבּוּבְיָה מֵעֵץ הַמָּוֶת, בִּגְלַל זֶה נִקְרָא מַטֶּה, שֶׁמִּתְהַפֵּךְ לְנָחָשׁ לְהַלְקוֹת בּוֹ אֶת הָרְשָׁעִים, וּמִיהוּ שֶׁהוֹפֵךְ אוֹתוֹ? הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא שֶׁשּׁוֹלֵט עָלָיו, וַהֲרֵי פֵּרְשׁוּהָ.

Tikkun 67 – 1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִי”ם, “In The Beginning God created”, implies to Metatron, the Archangel that God created to be the first for the created system below. He is the one on top of the seven Sefirot controlling the border between the upper מעלה and lower מטה.

The word for the lower level is מטה. Same letters with different Nikkud (vowels) and means ‘staff’, like Moses’s staff.

Moses came to Pharaoh to demonstrate the power of God to control the level of Malchut. The Egyptians at that time were fully connected to the Tree of Knowledge and the lower levels. They were not aware of YHVH’s existence.

The first thing Moses did was to throw down the staff to the ground and it turned into Serpent. The Egyptians did the same, BUT

Exodus 7:12
“וַיַּשְׁלִיכוּ אִישׁ מַטֵּהוּ, וַיִּהְיוּ לְתַנִּינִם; וַיִּבְלַע מַטֵּה-אַהֲרֹן, אֶת-מַטֹּתָם”
“For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”

Aaron’s rod’s power came from the Tree of Life, a spiritual level that Pharaoh didn’t know. The Egyptians’ rods were swallowed by Aaron’s and it was a proof for Pharaoh that the God of the Israelites is superior and has control over the illusion of the Tree of Knowledge.

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