The Gate of the Inner Court

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361) “Thus says the Lord God, ‘The gate of the inner court facing east shall be closed the six secular [working] days.’” Why should it be closed?

362) However, these are the weekdays, and this gate will be closed so as to not mingle secular with holy. “But it shall be opened on the Sabbath day and opened on the day of the new month,” for then it is using holy in holy. At that time the moon, the Nukva, shines in order to connect with the sun, ZA.

The place of bestowal upon the lower ones is called a “gate.” The gate of the inner court is the place of imparting Ohr Hochma to the lower ones. Open means that it gives to the lower ones, and closed means that it is kept from the reach of the outer ones. Secular means that the Klipot can suck from it and it is not kept from them. Holy means that there is no suckling for the Klipot there whatsoever.

It is written that the gate of the inner court will be closed during the six working days, but will be opened on the Sabbath day. Why should it be closed during the six working days? It is to avoid mixing secular in holy, so the Sitra Achra will not mingle with Kedusha. As long as the Klipot have suckling, the abundance of holiness does not appear. Only on Sabbath and [new] month does it open, for then there is Zivug ZON, holy in holy. When ZON rise to AVI, which are the holy in holy, there is no suckling from there to the outer ones and the Klipot.

363) That gate does not open during the six working days because during the working days, the lower world is nourished, where the outer ones and the Klipot are found, and all those working days, which are the Sitra Achra, rule the world, except in the land of Israel.

364) These working days that rule abroad do not rule in the holy land because that gate is closed. But on the Sabbath day and the day of the [new] month, everyone, all the Klipot exit the world and do not govern, since that gate is open. Then the world is in gladness and is nourished from there, and the world is not given to another authority.

The name “land of Israel” is primarily when ZON rise and clothe AVI. At that time ZA is called “Israel,” and the Nukva—“the land of Israel” or “the holy land.” It is so because Mochin de AVI are called “holy.” At that time the forces of the Sitra Achra cannot suckle even on the six working days that extend from ZA—who clothes Abba, who is Mochin de Hassadim covered from Hochma. It is so because that gate of the inner court, which shines in illumination of Hochma, is closed in a pure ring from GAR de Bina de AA, and illuminates only in Hassadim covered from Hochma.

The ring that surrounds it round about so that no illumination of Hochma will enter it is pure. There is no deficiency there for because it is extended from GAR de Bina de AA, although it is Hassadim, it is regarded as GAR like the light of Hochma. For this reason, that ring chases away the Sitra Achra and her forces because the Sitra Achra runs from wholeness and is able to approach only in a place of deficiency.

During the six work days, this gate is closed with a pure ring that chases away the work days, which are forces of the Sitra Achra. The Sabbath and the month days extend from the Nukva that clothes ImaYESHSUT, the Mochin of illumination of Hochma. It is written, “But it shall be opened on the Sabbath day and opened on the day of the [new] month.” Thus, these Mochin completely remove the Sitra Achra and the week days from the place of Kedusha. But on the Sabbath and month days they all depart and do not rule because that gate, which is open in illumination of Hochma, completely removes the outer ones from the place of Kedusha.

Hence, there is no dominion to the week days, the forces of the Sitra Achra, in the land of Israel, neither in the six work days, which extend from ZA in the place of Abba, nor on the Sabbath and month days, which extend from the Nukva in the place of Ima. Neither in the six work days, since that gate is closed with a pure ring from GAR de Bina de AA, which chases away the outer ones, although it is closed from Hochma. Nor on the Sabbath day because then that gate is open in illumination of Hochma, hence the forces of the Sitra Achra and work days completely disappear. Thus, the week days have no governance in the land of Israel neither on Sabbath, nor on week days.

365) But did all those six days rule by themselves, since the value of the reception of ZA with respect to the reception of the Nukva is as the value of GAR with respect to VAK? Therefore, since the Mochin extend only on Sabbath and the month, which is the Nukva, only VAK de Hochma are extended. But if ZA, the six days, would be receiving the Mochin, too, GAR de Hochma would be extended. It is also known that the six days receive illumination of Hochma from the Sabbath day in a way that they can dominate her by themselves, without Hitkalelut in the Nukva, meaning that they illuminate like a male, GAR de Hochma.

But it is written, “facing east,” to before, before the Klipot were poised to rule, who was then always looking at the world, even during the six days. But it was not opened that the world would be nourished by holiness, except on the Sabbath and month days. Hence, now, too, it is impossible for the six work days to illuminate in illumination of Hochma by themselves, for then they will have no nourishments from holiness as before. Rather, all six work days cling to the Sabbath day and are nourished from there.

On Sabbath, all the gates are open and there is contentment to all—to the upper and to the lower. But the six days will not be able to illuminate if they do not cling to the Sabbath for lack of abundance of nourishments. It is written, “And the Lord came down to see.” He came down from holy to secular [week day], to look at what they built and established to sustain, the city and the tower, HB de Klipa, to evoke the world to worship them.

366) What did they see that they committed this folly of rebelling against the Creator, and they all were of one mind on that? It is written, “And it came to pass when they journeyed from the east.” They journeyed from above downward, from the land of Israel, and descended to Babylon. They said, “Here is the place to cling.” Previously they were in the land of Israel, where it is as is written, “One language and one speech,” where there is no place of contact to the outer ones, since on the six work days the gate is closed and chases away the outer ones. On the Sabbath day, the Mochin de Hochma remove the outer ones from the world, hence the generation of Babylon could not do anything there, since they had nowhere to cling.

But when they journeyed from the east, from the land of Israel to Babylon, abroad, where the week days govern, they said, “Here is the place to cling and to extend the Hochma from above downward, so they will illuminate during the six work days, too. It is so because there is no correction here where the inner gate is closed on the six work days, as in the land of Israel.

367) “And let us make us a name.” The help from below will connect in that place, outside the land, since there is no illumination of Hochma in the land of Israel except on Sabbath, on which all help from below is forbidden, which is the prohibition on performing work, since the Mochin extend only in the Nukva, in which there are no actions whatsoever. But we, “Let us make us a name” and extend the Mochin of male, in which awakening of below is possible.

This is why they said, “And the help from below will connect in that place, outside the land,” since when the Din comes to be in the world, that place will be opposite it. That is, by extending lights to this place from above downward, all the Dinim will be cancelled from the world, and the world will enjoy and be nourished from here, since above, from the illumination from below upward, the world is nourished by it sparingly.

Moreover, we will rise to the firmament and wage war against it so it does not bring down the flood to the world as before. The Parsa that was established below Atzilut is a special correction—to avoid extending illumination of Hochma from above downward. This is why they said, “We will rise to the firmament and wage war with it,” to cancel that boundary and extend the lights from above downward.

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