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815) “And they came to the barn of the lycium… and he observed seven days mourning for his father.” Why does it concern us that they came to the barn of the lycium? And what is the reason that this mourning is related to Egypt, as it is written, “The mourning at the barn of the lycium … This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians.” It should have said, “Mourning for Israel,” why Egypt?

816) As long as Jacob was in Egypt, the land was blessed because of him, the river Nile would flow and water the land, and hunger stopped because of Jacob. Hence, the Egyptians made mourning and it is named after them.

817) “Who will utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, and sound all His praise?” “Who will utter,” as it is written, “Pluck corn-ears,” expressing separation and detachment. “The mighty deeds of the Lord,’ since they are many, for all the verdicts come from the mighty deeds [Gevurot] of the Creator, the left line. This is why he says, “Who will utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,” meaning who will cancel and revoke one verdict from those that the Creator has done?

818) “Who will utter” and “Who will speak” are all one. “Uttering” means “speaking,” since there are several Gevurot that cannot be counted, several prosecutors, several advocates, and several punishers of those who break rules, and speaking cannot detail them. This is why it is written, “Who will utter the Gevurot [mighty deeds] of the Lord.”

819) By what are all the Gevurot of the Lord known? By telling, since there is Hochma in it, and they are known in Hochma. This is so because in uttering and in speaking there is no one who can say them and know them. However, in telling, they are known, as it is written, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts,” meaning that in telling, in Hochma, they are known. However, “Your Gevura [mighty acts]” is lower GevuraGevura in the Nukva. “Shall speak” means that they can be said, as it is written, “And talk of Your power.”

820) “Will sound all His praise,” since many are the Dinim that are apparent and bond in praise. Several camps bond in her; hence, who can “Sound all His praise.”

821) The Egyptians were all wise. Several armies and several camps come out from the side of Gevura, the left line, and several degrees, until they reach the lower degrees. The Egyptians were sorcerers. There were wise among them who knew the hidden things in the world. They observed that while Jacob lived in the world, no people ruled over his sons. They also knew that they would enslave Israel for many days.

822) When Jacob died, they rejoiced, for now they could enslave Israel. They looked at what was to come in the end until they reached the verdict of the ruler, saw the Gevurot that would come upon them, the plagues, and the crossing of the Red Sea, thorns to this side and to that side. So is the hand: fingers come forth from it to this side and to that side, and each finger rises in several Gevurot, in several Dinim, several rules. Then, “They lamented there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation.” It is written, “Therefore, it was named Mourning-Egypt,” for it is a great mourning for the Egyptians, and not for another.

823) When Rabbi Shimon interpreted the meaning of the portion, they came out of the cave in which they were dwelling. He said, “I see that today a house will fall in the city, and two Romans who slander Israel will die there. If I am in the city, the house will not fall because my merit will protect them.” They returned into the cave and he did not wish to go to his city, so that his merit would not protect them and the house would fall and the slanderers in there would be killed. They sat.

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