My Spirit Shall Not Abide in Man

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477) “And the Lord said, ‘My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is also flesh.’” At that time, prior to the flood, the river that stretches out of Eden, from Bina, emitted a high Ruach [spirit] from the tree of life, ZA, and imparted in the tree, Nukva, and spirits that live inside people extended from them. Because of it, they lived many days.

The Sefirot are hundreds. And since the spirits of the living were drawn from Bina, people lived for centuries. The days of their lives were 700 years, corresponding to ZAT de Bina, and if in Gevurot then 800 years, as well as in 900 years. Hence, they lived many days until their wickedness went up on high and they stood at the door, as it is written, “Sin crouches at the door.” At that time the upper spirit from Bina departed from the tree, the Nukva, when the Neshamot flee from people.

That is, the upper spirit from Bina departed from the Nukva and only the Ruach of ZA remained in her while the Neshamot flee only from the side of ZA and his Nukva, as it is written, “My spirit shall not abide in man,” from Bina in man. “Forever” means giving her My spirit forever, when Neshamot from ZON flee from people. Therefore, since Bina never gives Neshamot [souls], and now there are Neshamot only from ZA, whose Sefirot are tens, the years of our lives are only 70 years, corresponding to ZAT de ZA, while if in Gevurot then 80 years, meaning by the grip of GAR, up to 100 years, when he seemingly passes and is cancelled from the world.

478) “For he is also flesh.” “Is also” is Moses because in Gematria, he is ShinMemHey (345), like MemShinHey [Moshe (Moses)], who illuminates to the moon. It is for this force that people live long days in the world. The inner Daat of ZA is called Moses, and he extends the light of Bina to the Nukva, whose Sefirot are hundreds, hence people lived many days in her.

It is written, “And his days were one hundred and twenty years,” implying to Moses, who lived 120 years, and by whom the Torah was given. At the time of the giving of the Torah, he imparted life to people from that tree of life that comes out of Eden clothed in it from Bina. Had Israel not sinned, they would have always received the life from the tree of life and they would not have died. It is written, “Carved on the tablets,” indicating that there was freedom from the angel of death, since the tree of life—from whom eternal life extends—was extending downward.

479) This is why it is written, “For he is also flesh,” since “For he is also flesh” means Moses, clothed in the flesh of the body, the matter of imparting the eternal spirit of life depends on him. “For he is also,” which is Moses, gripped above and gripped below, meaning ZA of above is also called Moses. Hence the writing makes the precision, “For he is also flesh,” indicating that it refers to Moses of below, who is clothed in flesh.

That is, through the giving of Torah there will be freedom from the angel of death. Hence, Moses did not die, but was gathered from the world into the upper world, to ZA, where it illuminates to the moon, the Nukva. It is so because although the sun was gathered from the world, it did not die. That is, it is not cancelled but enters and illuminates to the moon. So is Moses, who parted from the lower world and illuminates to the moon in the upper world.

480) Also, “For he is also flesh” because by extending the spirit of life in people for a long time, the spirit returned to being flesh, like a body, following the lusts of the body and engaging in possessions of this world. The meaning of the words, “My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is also flesh” is that he will not extend the spirit of life in man for many days because by prolonging the time, the spirit is returned to being flesh.

481) All the generations that were perfected and came from Seth were all righteous and Hassidim. Afterwards they expanded in the world, begot children, and learned the crafts of the world, to destroy with spears and swords. That is, they lived by their swords until Noah came and corrected for them the correction of the world, and to toil and to correct the land. It is so because in the beginning they would not sow and plow, for they were living by their swords. But afterwards they needed it, as it is written, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease.” Thus, at that time there were seeding and harvesting in the world.

482) The Creator is destined to correct the world and correct the spirit of life in people so they prolong their days forever, as it is written, “For as the days of the tree are the days of My people.” It is also written, “Death shall be swallowed up forever, and the Lord God shall wipe away the tear from all faces, and will remove the disgrace of His people from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.”

  1. KOZO BaMOChSaZ KOZO is actually HaVaYaH Elokeinu HaVaYaH [The Lord our God, the Lord], but instead of writing HaVaYaH Elokeinu HaVaYaH, each letter is replaced with the one next to it in the Hebrew alphabet.↩︎

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