And He Said, “If You Will Hear and Listen to the Voice of the Lord”

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350) “And He said, ‘If you will hear and listen to the voice of the Lord your God.’” Who said, “If you will hear and listen”? The Creator did. It is written, “And to Moses He said, ‘Come up to the Lord,’” but there it means Malchut. If it were the Creator then it should have said, “Come up to Me.” Here, too, it means Malchut.

351) This means that when it writes before, “And he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree,” it follows that the meaning of “And He said” is that the Creator said this word. But it is written, “To the voice of the Lord your God.” Should it not have said, “To My voice”? The answer is that it means to the voice in which they entered through the circumcision, the voice of Malchut. This is why it did not say, “To My voice.”

352) After the holy impression was revealed in Israel, they entered into the two holy parts, Yesod and Malchut. Through circumcision, they were rewarded with Malchut, and through exposure, with Yesod. And since they entered into those two, they entered NH, as well, since when they rise in NH they will bond in Yesod and Malchut, and will not prevent blessings, that Yesod will bestow upon Malchut. For this reason, they will arrive in those up to the holy King, ZA.

353) “And He said, ‘If you will hear and listen.’” “And He said” is the holy King. What did He say? “If you will hear and listen to the voice of the Lord your God.” This so because “The Lord your God” is consuming fire, the assembly of Israel, Malchut. “And do what is right in His eyes” is righteous, who is called “right.” “And you will heed His commandments” is Netzah, “And keep all His statutes” is Hod.

When they entered those MalchutYesod, and NH, they arrived at the holy King, Tifferet, whose place is after Netzah. This is why afterward, it is written, “I will not put all the diseases which I have put on the Egyptians on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.” “For I, the Lord” is the holy King, Tifferet.

354) It sounds as though anyone who keeps this holy impression, the circumcision, rises from it to the holy, upper King. This means that NH, in which the seed for blessing gathers, and the oil for the holy anointing that is placed onto the meatus, Yesod, have bonded together. The upper King, Tifferet, is over them, and they are tied to Him. For this reason, anyone who enters Yesod and Malchut through circumcision and exposure, and keeps them, connects to NH and enters them, and then reaches the holy King, Tifferet.

355) Indeed, one who is rewarded with a righteous, Yesod, is rewarded with NH because Yesod contains NH within it. These are three with which the assembly of Israel, Malchut, was blessed. And one who is rewarded with them is rewarded with the holy King, Tifferet, and enters all four SefirotNetzahHodYesodMalchut.

356) Opposite those four, there is keeping for the holy impression from four things: The assembly of Israel, Malchut, is keeping from menstruation. The keeping of the righteous, Yesod, is keeping from a maidservant. The keeping of Netzah is keeping from the daughter of an idol worshipper. And the keeping of Hod is keeping from a prostitute.

For this reason, “The voice of the Lord your God” is the assembly of Israel, Malchut, in which they entered through the circumcision.

357) By what are Israel rewarded with welcoming the face of Divinity? By keeping from menstruation. It is written about that, “And you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness during her menstrual impurity.” “To uncover her nakedness,” so he will not blemish the assembly of Israel.

358) “And do what is right in His eyes” is righteous, Yesod, as it is written, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,” to keep from a maidservant. And it is written, “A maidservant that is heir to her mistress,” meaning that it causes the righteous to cling to a maidservant.

“And you will heed His commandments” is Netzah, to keep from instilling that impression in a daughter of a strange god, and will not lie in him in Netzah, as it is written, “Also, the Eternal [Netzah] of Israel shall not lie.” One who keeps the holy covenant keeps His commandments, as it is written, “For you shall not bow unto another god.”

“And keep all His statutes” is Hod, to keep from a prostitute.

359) “Gird your sword on the thigh of the mighty one of Your splendor and Your majesty.” Anyone who rushes and places the fear of the strong toothed sword—Malchut—before him “On the thigh.” What is “On the thigh”? On that holy impression, to keep it, as it is written, “Please put your hand under my thigh.”

360) “Gird Your sword” means hurry and attack your evil inclination, since your sword is on the thigh, on that holy impression, to keep it. And if he keeps it then he is called “Mighty one” and the Creator clothes him in His garments. And who are the garments of the Creator? They are Hod and Netzah, as it is written, “You are clothed with splendor and majesty.” Here, too, it is “Your splendor and Your majesty.” Then, one properly adheres to the holy King.

361) “I will not put all the diseases which I have put on the Egyptians on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.” This is the holy King. And this is why He warned them about that very thing that He had given and inscribed in them, which is the circumcision, and not more. It is true that thus far the Torah has not been given to them. But since it is written, “There He made for them a statute and regulation,” which are circumcision and exposure, promptly, “And He said, ‘If you will hear and listen,’” for it is about the four keepings of the holy covenant.

362) When the Creator wished to warn Israel regarding the Torah, He pulled with several things, with several pulls of love, like a person drawing his son to school. The Creator did not wish to give them the Torah until they drew closer to Him. And with what did they draw closer to Him, with a disclosure of the impression of the circumcision.

363) Israel did not draw near Mount Sinai until they entered the part of the righteous, the covenant, and were rewarded with it.

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