With the eyes you see the light.

With your feeling you experience the light.

In thought you handle with the light.

Your heart is the light.

–Stefan Parlow

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Rabbi Elazar opened the discussion with the verse: “Ask a sign

(or: ‘letter’) of Hashem your Elohim; ask it either in the depths, or in

the height above” (Yeshayah 7:11). I looked at the earlier generations

and the later generations. What is the difference between the earlier

generations and the later generations? The earlier generations knew

and perceived the supernal wisdom and knew to permutate the

letters, which were given to Moses at Sinai. Even the wicked people

among Yisrael, SUCH AS ACHAZ, were familiar with letters of

supernal wisdom, FOR THE PROPHET SAID TO HIM, “ASK A SIGN

(HEB. OT).” IF ACHAZ WAS UNVERSED IN SUPERNAL WISDOM,

THE PROPHET WOULD NOT HAVE SPOKEN TO HIM THUS. And

through higher letters DRAWN FROM BINAH, and lower letters

DRAWN FROM MALCHUT, they gained wisdom that helped them

manage their lives.

This is because each and every letter (Heb. ot) that was

transmitted to Moses was crowned and rose over the heads of the

holy supernal living creatures, THE SECRET OF THE SUPERNAL

CHARIOT, WHICH ARE CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET AND

MALCHUT. All the living creatures were crowned WITH THE

LETTERS, EVEN THE LIVING CREATURES OF THE LOWER

CHARIOT, WHICH IS IN MALCHUT. They flew in the air OF YISRAELSABA

AND TEVUNAH, which descends from the supernal air that is

fine and unknown, WHICH IS IN SUPERNAL ABA AND IMA.

Both great letters and small letters would go up and down, great

letters going down from the supernal chamber which is concealed

from all, BINAH, and the small letters going down from another lower

chamber, MALCHUT. All of these were transmitted to Moses at Sinai.

The joining of the letters, which secretly join in every letter, such

as Aleph, which is a single letter secretly joined by two other letters,

namely, Lamed Pe, IN PRONOUNCING THE LETTER. SO TOO, IN

ARTICULATING THE NAME OF THE LETTER BET, IT IS JOINED BY

YUD AND TAV. They were all transmitted to Moses at Sinai as well,

and all are known in secret by the friends. They are fortunate.

“Ask a sign (Heb. ot)” MEANS literally a letter (Heb. ot). Everyone

was conversant in the secrets of the letters. With Rachav, what is

written? “and give me a true token (Heb. ot)” (Yehoshua 2:12). This

refers to the letter Vav, which is called a true letter. If you infer from

this that the other letters are not true, that is not so. Nonetheless,

this letter Vav is called the true letter UNLIKE THE OTHER LETTERS

WHICH ARE NOT SO CALLED, FOR VAV INDICATES ZEIR ANPIN,

CALLED TRUTH, AS IN THE VERSE: “YOU SHALL SHOW TRUTH TO

JACOB” (MICHAH 7:20).

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“ask it either in the depths” refers to the last Hei of the Holy Name

YUD HEI VAV HEI, while “or in the height above” refers to the letter

Yud, the head of the Holy Name YUD HEI VAV HEI. This is the hidden

meaning of the verse: “Ask a sign (lit. ‘letter’) of Hashem your

Elohim” WHICH MEANS a letter from the Holy Name. It is implied by

the verse: “A SIGN of Hashem,” which is a name of the Holy One,

blessed be He, one letter of it. The tabernacle, WHICH IS MALCHUT,

WHICH IS CALLED YOUR ELOHIM, is based on this LETTER

BECAUSE MALCHUT RECEIVES FROM ZEIR ANPIN, WHICH IS YUD

HEI VAV HEI. THEREFORE, THE VERSE STATES “HASHEM YOUR

ELOHIM.”

Come and behold: When the cloud rose over the tabernacle and

rested on it, all of those Chariots and all of those vessels of the

supernal tabernacle, MALCHUT, were within the cloud. THEREFORE,

it is written, “And Moses was not able to enter the Tent of Meeting,

for the cloud rested on it” (Shemot 40:35). HE QUESTIONS: It is

written, “And Moses went up into the midst of the cloud…and Moses

was in the mountain forty days and forty nights” (Shemot 24:18). If

Moses could not enter the tabernacle BECAUSE OF THE CLOUD

WHICH RESTED ON IT, how could he ENTER THE CLOUD AND

remain on the mountain for forty days?

HE ANSWERS, There were two clouds, one CLOUD which Moses

entered AND IN WHICH HE REMAINED ON THE MOUNTAIN FORTY

DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS – THIS CLOUD IS OF MALCHUT – and one

CLOUD which rested on the tabernacle. THIS CLOUD IS DRAWN

FROM THE LEFT COLUMN OF BINAH AND MOSES WAS UNABLE TO

ENTER IT. Come and behold what is written, “And the glory of

Hashem filled the tabernacle” (Shemot 40:34). Literally it is not

written, “filled,” but “was full,” WHICH IMPLIES THAT a fullness was

achieved on high IN BINAH and below IN MALCHUT with THE

ENCLOTHING OF THE CLOUD IN the tabernacle below. A concealed

means of perfection WHICH IS CALLED “CLOUD” descended FROM

THE LEFT COLUMN OF BINAH down TO THE SHECHINAH, WHICH IS

CALLED TABERNACLE AND TENT OF MEETING, and the Shechinah

was perfected.

Four aspects of camps OF THE ANGELS, WHICH ARE IN

MALCHUT, CALLED LOWER CHARIOT were concealed BY THE

CLOUD, WHICH DESCENDED ON THE TABERNACLE, WHICH IS

MALCHUT. The first mending OF THIS CLOUD WAS in the first watch

of the four camps OF THE SHECHINAH before everything was

mended. The head of the right side is Tzadkiel, chief minister,

superior of the camps under the dominion of Michael, and with him

all the camps under him were mended.

–The Zohar

“There is no such thing as a prayer in which ‘nothing is done’ or
‘nothing happens,’ although there may well be a prayer in which nothing
is perceived or felt or thought.”

–Thomas Merton

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