And I Will Make You a Great Nation – 2

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41) There are seven blessings. “And I will make you a great nation” is one, “And I will bless you” is two, “And [I will] make your name great” is three. “And you will be a blessing” is four,” “And I will bless those who bless you” is five, “And I will curse those who curse you” is six, “And all the families of the earth will be blessed in you” is seven. After he was blessed with those seven blessings, it is written, “And Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him,” meaning he went to come down to this world, as he was commanded. Abraham is the Neshama [soul], and after the Neshama is blessed in seven blessings, it comes down to this world to clothe in a Guf [body].

42) Promptly, “And Lot went with him.” This is the serpent for which the world was corrupted, and this is why the text calls the serpent by the name “Lot.” Lot means curse in Aramaic. He was cursed and brought curse to the world, and he accompanies the soul in this world.

The serpent stands at the door, to fool the body, as it is written, “Sin crouches at the door.” Hence, the soul will not do its assigned task before it spends thirteen years in this world, since the soul awakens to do the work it is told from twelve years on, as it is written, “Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” Seventy, in units, is seven. Seventy-five are twelve years. And then the soul departs from Haran, the Klipot, and awakens to go with the work of the Creator.

43) And after twelve years the soul will be seen in this world. It comes from five years, which are 500 Parsas of the tree of life, and then it is apparent that she is an offshoot of ZA, who is called, “the tree of life,” and spans over 500 Parsas. The seventy years are that very same tree, the seventh in the degrees of the Nukva, the seventh Sefira of the seven Sefirot HGT NHYM. At that time, it is apparent that the soul is an offshoot of ZA and Nukva.

44) Then, the soul comes out of the filth of the serpent and enters the holy work. It is written, “When he departed from Haran,” from that Haron Af [wrath] and from the power of Satan, who until now was deviating the body and governing it.

45) The foreskin rules over the tree for three years, which are called “the foreskin years.” In a man, the thirteen years are called “his foreskin years.” When the body completes those years and the soul awakens to do the holy work, it commands the body and evokes a good will in it: to subdue that serpent. At that time, the serpent cannot rule over him as it did before.

46) “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his nephew.” “Sarai his wife” is the body, which, to the soul, is as the female to the male. “Lot his nephew” is the serpent, which does not let go of the body even after thirteen years, since the Dvekut [adhesion] of the body does not depart from him, but the awakening of the soul always strikes him and warns him. It admonishes him and surrenders him against his will, and he cannot rule.

47) “And all their substance that they had gathered” are the good deeds that a person does in this world by the force of the awakening of the soul.

“And the souls that they had made in Haran” is that soul that was initially in Dvekut and connection of the foreskin and the body, and which the soul later corrected. The desiring soul is one that has close proximity to the desires of the body and the Klipot. From thirteen years onwards, when the soul awakens to correct the body, both of them—the soul with the body—correct that soul, which was mingled with the strength of the Dinim of the serpent and his ill will.

It is written, “And the souls that they had made in Haran.” “Made” is in plural tense [in Hebrew], since it relates to the soul and to the body, for both correct the soul—by the awakening of the soul, when it evokes the body—and the body—through its good deeds.

48) This is why the soul attacks that serpent, to break it by the power of enslavement of repentance, as it is written, “And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem.” Shechem is the dwelling place of the Shechina [Divinity], since the power of the serpent had by now been completely broken by the soul.

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