His Sin Waters the King of Egypt and the Baker

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241) “And it came to pass after these things.” See how watchful people should be in the work of the Creator. Anyone who delves in the Torah and in the work of the Creator casts fear and terror over all.

242) When the Creator created the world, He made all the creations in the world, each in its proper form. Afterwards, He created man in the highest form and by this form He crowned him over all creations. As long as there is man in the world, all creations tremble and fear when they raise their heads and gaze upon man’s highest form, as it is written, “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth.” Yet, these words apply only when looking and seeing that form in him, when the soul is in him.

243) Even when there is no soul in him, the form of the righteous does not change from what they were at first. And when one does not walk in the path of Torah, his holy form changes and the animals of the field and the fowl of the sky can rule him. This is so because once his holy form has been replaced and the form of man departed him, he receives the form of the rest of the animals. Hence, creations no longer fear him and they can govern him.

244) The Creator replaces the deeds above and below. He replaces the holy form above and the image of man below, to bring things back to their root, as they were prior to the sin of the tree of knowledge, and to find His will in all the operations in the world. This is so because through punishments, all the actions in the world are corrected, even the most remote.

Daniel’s form was not altered when he was cast into the lion’s pit; this is why he was saved, as it is written, “My God sent His angel.” This means that since the angel shut their mouths, he was not hurt, and not because of his holy form.

245) He was not hurt because that holy form of a righteous man is a real angel, who shuts the mouth of all the lions and ties them up, to keep him so they would not hurt him. This is why Daniel said, “My God sent His angel.” That angel, in whom all the shapes in the world are carved, enhanced his form in me, and the lions could not rule over me, and he shut their mouths, as well. Hence, He certainly sent His angel.

246) And that angel is the one in whom all the forms are carved—the Nukva—from which all the forms in the world arrive, as it is written, “He will judge among the nations; He will fill them with corpses,” for the forms of all the corpses are before Him. This is so because all the forms in the world do not change before Him. Hence, man should watch over His ways and trails so he will not sin before his Master and will persist in the form of man.

247) Ezekiel kept his mouth from eating forbidden food, as it is written, “…nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth.” He has been rewarded, and hence he is called “man.” And what does it say about Daniel? “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank.” This is why he was rewarded with persisting in the form of man, since all things in the world fear the form of man, for he governs all and he is king over all.

248) For this reason, one should be watchful of one’s transgressions so he will not deflect to the right or to the left. And yet, even though he watches over himself, one should examine one’s transgressions every single day, for when a man rises from his bed, two witnesses stand before him and walk with him all through the day.

249) When one wishes to stand up, these witnesses tell him (when he opens his eyes), “Let your eyes look directly ahead.” When he rises and prepares his legs to walk, these witnesses tell him, “Watch the path of your feet.” Hence, when one walks, one should be watchful of one’s transgressions all day long.

250) Every day, at nightfall, one should observe and examine all of one’s deeds on that day, so one can repent them and consider them always, so he will repent before his Master, as it is written, “And my sin is ever before me,” so he can repent them.

251) When Israel were in the holy land, they had no transgressions in their hands, since the offerings that they sacrificed atoned for them. Now that Israel were exiled from the land and there is no one to atone for them, the Torah and the good deeds atone for them, because Divinity is in exile with them. And one who does not observe the ways of the Creator causes Divinity to bow down to the dust, as it is written, “He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground.”

252) And one who delves in Torah and good deeds causes the assembly of Israel, Divinity, to raise her head while in exile. Happy are those who delve in the Torah at daytime and at night.

253) The Creator created incarnations in the world to raise the heads of the righteous. This is because for Joseph to raise his head in the world for having been righteous before Him, he angered the Master over His servants, as it is written, “The butler and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt,” and it was all to raise the head of Joseph the righteous. Through the dream, he was lowered below his brothers, and through the dream, he grew beyond his brothers, and grew more than the whole world through Pharaoh’s dream.

254) “And they dreamed a dream…” All dreams follow the mouth. Why did Joseph not provide a good solution to both of them? Indeed, these dreams were about Joseph. And because he knew the thing down to its core and root, he resolved the dream for them as it should be, a solution for each, to bring every thing back to its place and to its origin.

255) “And Joseph said… Do not interpretations belong to God?” He said so because this is how a dream should be solved—the solution must depend upon the Creator, since there is the existence of everything and in Him is the solution.

256) We learned that the degree of the dream is below, and that it is the sixth degree of prophecy, since there are six degrees from the place of prophecy to the degree of the dream. And the solution rises from the degree of the dream to another degree. The degree is the degree below, in Gabriel, and the solution stands atop it, since the solution depends on speech, which is Nukva. Hence, the thing depends on speech, as it is written, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” which is the Nukva, called Elokim [God].

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