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550) “Honor your father and your mother.” Honor them with all kinds of honors, delight them with good deeds, as it is written, “The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice.” This is honoring one’s father and mother.
551) Honor the Creator, who is called “your father,” and Malchut, who is called “your mother,” with a clean garment, which is the wings of Mitzva, meaning a handsome Talit [praying shawl]. A Talit with a Tzitzit [fringe] is called “an instrument of Mitzva.” It is written, “Honor the Lord from your wealth.” This is Torah and Mitzvot, as it is written, “Length of days on her right, wealth and honor on her left.” A man is not poor unless he is of poor Torah and Mitzvot, for man’s wealth is Torah and Mitzvot.
552) For this reason, “Honor the Lord from your wealth” and do not engage in Torah to grow in it. We learn that you should not make them a crown by which to grow, and do not say, “I will read so that my teacher will call me.” Rather, as it is written, “O magnify the Lord with me,” “Honor the Lord from your wealth,” as a son must honor his father and mother.
553) This is so because he includes two drops, of which is man’s body. The drop of his father becomes the white in the eyes, the bones, and the organs. The drop of his mother becomes the black in the eye, the hair, the skin, and the flesh. And he is raised in Torah and good deeds.
554) A man must teach his son Torah, as it is written, “You shall teach them diligently to your sons.” If he does not teach his son Torah and Mitzvot, it is as though he built him an idol. This is why it is written, “You shall not make for yourself an idol.” He will become a stubborn and rebellious son, despise his father and mother, and will steal several blessings from him. Because he is ignorant, he is suspected of everything, even bloodshed, incest, and idol-worship, since one who is ignorant, goes to a place where he is not known, and does not know how to bless, is suspected of worshipping idols.
555) “Honor the Lord from your wealth,” from your money, from your wealth, from your grace, with the joy of a tune, for this is the joy of the heart. Like the tune throughout the world, which rejoices the heart, upright deeds of the son delight the hearts of his father and mother. “From your wealth” means from your money to all that is needed.
556) As one honors the Creator, one must honor his father and mother because they are in partnership with the Creator with regard to him. This is because there are three partners in a person: the Creator, his father, and his mother. His father and mother give him the body, and the Creator, the soul. As one should fear the Creator, one should fear his father and mother, and he should honor them with all kinds of honors.
557) “That your days may be prolonged,” since there are days above, HGT NHYM, upon which man’s life in this world depend. These are the days of man in the world above: they all stand before the Creator and in them is man’s life known.
558) “In the land which the Lord your God gives you” is a promise to enjoy in the illuminating mirror. This is “In the land,” a mirror that illuminates in those upper days, HGT NHYM de ZA, which illuminate out of the fountain of everything, Bina.
559) What is the difference between those two Mitzvot of the Torah, for in both of them, it is written, “That your days may be prolonged,” in this one and in the sending off from the nest? Those two Mitzvot are all hanging above: AVI are “remember” and “keep” as one, meaning ZA and Malchut. This is why it is written, “That your days may be prolonged.” In the sending off from the nest, it is written, “You shall certainly send off the mother, but the young you may take for yourself.” The mother is the upper world, Bina, who is called “a mother.” It means that no permission was given to look at her, and she must be sent off from asking a question and looking at her.
560) “But the young you may take for yourself,” who are ZA and Malchut. It is written, “Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and from the end of the heavens to the end of the heavens.” ZA is called “heavens,” and there is a question and looking in him. But above the end of the heavens, from ZA, you shall certainly send off of your thought to ask.
561) This is what “In order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days” is written about. “In order that it may be well with you” is a place that does good to all, the hidden and concealed world, Bina. “That you may prolong your days” by yourself because it is in one’s domain to cling to the sons, ZA and Malchut, in which there is the prolonging of days.
562) If an act of Mitzva comes by his way and he aims in it, he is righteous. And even if he does not aim in it he is righteous because he keeps his Masters Mitzvot, for Mitzvot do not require intention. However, one who does not know and understand the reason is not as important as one who does His will Lishma [for Her name] and aims in it with the desire to look at the glory of his Master, since the matter of Lishma depends on the will. And with the act below, which he performs Lishma, the deed above rises, meaning Malchut, who is called “a deed,” and becomes properly corrected.
563) As with the act of the body, the act of the soul is corrected by this will, since the Creator desires man’s heart and will. And yet, if there is no desire of the heart there, which is the essence of everything, David prayed about it and said, “And confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands.” This is so because not every person knows how to place the will and the heart to correct everything and to perform the act of Mitzva. This is why he prayed this prayer, “And confirm for us the work of our hands.”
564) “And confirm for us.” “Confirm” means set your correction above as it should be. “For us,” although we do not know how to place the desire, but only an act. “Confirm for us the work of our hands,” to the degree that must be corrected, to Malchut. “Confirm” means that it will be in a single bonding with the patriarchs, HGT de ZA, to be corrected in them through this act of Mitzva as it should be.
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