And He Healed the Ruined Altar of the Lord

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157) In the days of Elijah, all of Israel left the Creator. They left their holy covenant. When Elijah came and saw that the children of Israel had left the holy covenant, and the covenant had been lifted from them, he came to restore that thing, to correct the Yesod and make it worthy of mating with the Malchut. This is considered the healing of the altar, Malchut.

158) When he brought the matter closer to its place, correcting the Yesod and bringing it to Malchut, everything was healed, as it is written, “And he healed the ruined altar of the Lord.” This is the covenant that had been left from the world.

Malchut is called “the altar of the Creator.” She was ruined because the children of Israel had left the covenant. It is written, “And Elijah took twelve stones, as the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob.” This is the correction of the ruin and the healing of the altar of the Creator, since the flaw of the covenant ruins the structure of Malchut. It is so because her upper nine are ruined and fall into the Klipot, while the correction of the covenant rebuilds her in ten Sefirot, which are divided into twelve—twelve stones—in illumination of Hochma.

159) It is written, “unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, ‘Israel shall be your name?’” What is the reason that the name Israel is mentioned here in regard to the altar? Indeed, the correction is to raise Malchut to AVI and restore the holy covenant to its place, where Yesod de ZA mates again with Malchut, and there is no Zivug for ZON unless they have risen to the place of AVI, as it is written, “For the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant.” This is why it is written, “ruined Your altars,” Malchut, which is rebuilt in the correction of the covenant.

160) As long as Israel keep the holy covenant, they keep the existence above and below. When they leave that covenant, there is no existence above or below, as it is written, “If My covenant is not day and night, I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth.” This is also why it is written, “And he healed the ruined altar of the Lord.” But is this regarded as healing? It is, for he is keeping the covenant, Yesod, to that place on which faith, Malchut, depends.

161) When Pinhas was jealous of the act of Zimri, he corrected that covenant in its place. This is why it is written, “I give to him My covenant of peace.” But is the peace for Pinhas? And what was the dispute that Pinhas had with that covenant? Here, in the word “peace,” the matter connected to its place.

“I give him My covenant.” And what will I give to the covenant? Peace, meaning Zivug, for the covenant to connect in its place, Malchut. This is why it was said, “I give him My covenant of peace.” Peace is the place to connect with him, the Zivug with Malchut, called “peace.” It is so because what parts from it, from Yesod, due to the iniquities of Israel, meaning Malchut—who parted from Yesod—has been reconnected by Pinhas. And since he corrected the matter in its place, henceforth he and his descendants after him had a covenant of everlasting priesthood for his being jealous for his God and for atoning for the children of Israel.

162) There is nothing in the world for which the Creator is jealous such as the iniquity of the covenant, as it is written, “a sword that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant.” The iniquity of the generation of the flood was not completed because they sinned in ruining their ways on the earth. And although they were violent toward each other, as it is written, “And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence,” and it is written, “For the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them.” This indicates an eye for an eye, “I will destroy them” for the sin of corrupting semen. Thus, their sentence was sealed only over the flaw of the covenant.

163) “For the earth is filled with violence through them.” Some say that for this iniquity, that their cup was filled only by the iniquity of violence, that they were violent toward each other, since by that they were bad to heaven and to people. Several appointees above have been appointed over the voices of accusers of their friends before heaven for what they did to them. It is written about that iniquity, “For the earth is filled with violence through them,” that each one accused his friend before heaven. This is why it is written about them, “And I will destroy them with the earth.”

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