And He Fell upon His Brother Benjamin’s Neck and Wept

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88) “And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept.” He wept for the first Temple and for the second Temple, which were to be built in the lot of Benjamin, and would be destroyed.

89) “Your neck is like the tower of David, built with turrets, on which a thousand shields are hung, all the armors of the mighty men.” The tower of David is in Jerusalem. Certainly, David built it and stands inside Jerusalem. But the tower of David that the text speaks of is not this tower of David. Rather, it is the Jerusalem above, the Nukva, of whom it is written, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is set up on high.” Does “On high” relate to the righteous or to the tower? The tower is on high because the righteous runs in it, meaning Yesod.

90) “Your neck” means the Temple below, which is like the tower of David, the Nukva. It is in the correction of beauty. Just as the neck is the beauty of the body, the Temple is the beauty of the whole world.

91) “Built with turrets” is a hill upon which all the people in the world look, to praise and to pray to. Talpiot [Turrets] has the letters of Tel [hill] Piot [mouths], meaning a hill that all mouths praise and to which they pray.

92) “On which a thousand shields are hung.” This is the thousand corrections that are corrected in it, referring to the illumination of Hochma that is implied in the number 1,000.

“All the armors of the mighty men” means that they all come from the side of harsh Din. This is why they are called “Mighty men.” This means that this illumination of Hochma extends from Bina that returned to being Hochma from her left line, called Isaac, which is harsh Din.

93) As all the corrections of a woman hang on the neck, all the corrections of the world depend on and are present in the Temple. It is written about the Temple, the neck and the beauty of the whole world: “To our very necks we are pursued; we labor, and have no rest.” “We labor and have no rest” means we labored to build it twice, the first Temple and the second one, but we were not given rest, for they did not leave us, and they were ruined and were not rebuilt afterwards.

94) When a neck is ruined, the whole body is ruined with it. Similarly, when the Temple was ruined and darkened, the whole world was darkened and the sun does not shine, nor do the heavens, the earth, and the stars.

95) This is why Joseph wept about it, about the two Temples that were ruined. And after he wept about that, he wept about the tribes that were exiled. When the Temple was ruined, all the tribes were immediately exiled and scattered among the nations, as it is written, “And he kissed all his brothers and wept for them,” for them being exiled.

96) He wept for everyone—for the Temple being ruined twice, and for his brothers, who are the ten tribes that were exiled and scattered among the nations. Afterwards his brothers spoke with him, but it does not say about them, “And they wept,” since he wept because the spirit of holiness appeared upon him and he saw all that. They did not weep because the spirit of holiness was not on them and they did not see it.

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