Take Your Rod

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117) “You shall say unto Aaron, ‘Take your rod.’” Why Aaron’s rod if Moses’ rod was holier? It is because the Holy Name in the upper Garden of Eden was carved in it, and the Creator did not wish to defile it with those rods of the magicians that it had to swallow, as it is written, “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” Moreover, Aaron’s rod is required in order to surrender those who come from the left side because Aaron comes from the right, since he is a priest, and the left surrenders to the right.

118) Thus, it was clear to the Creator that those magicians would make serpents. Hence, what is the importance of making serpents before Pharaoh? It is because there was the beginning of the punishments, meaning the primordial serpent that failed Adam and Eve. Pharaoh’s domination begins from the beginning of the serpent, from the left side. Then, when they saw Aaron’s rod turning into a serpent, all the magicians were glad because so was the beginning of the wisdom of their serpent, since the Mochin de Katnut of Kedusha [holiness], which extend from the left, are called “serpent.” Opposite that is the serpent of impurity, which extends from the left, from which the magicians draw their wisdom. This is why they were happy that Aaron’s rod had turned into a serpent. Yet, Aaron’s rod promptly returned into being dry wood and swallowed them.

119) They wondered about it and knew that there is a high government in the land, when they thought that below, there was no government besides them. Then, “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods,” meaning that the serpent has been turned back into wood and swallowed them.

120) Aaron made two signs about that, one above and one below. The one above is that the upper serpent, of Kedusha, dominated their serpent. The one below is that the wood dominated their serpents because it swallowed them. But Pharaoh was wiser than all his magicians; he observed that the upper government was ruling over the earth above and was governing below.

121) Everything that the magicians do, they do by deception. But when the text tells us, “And they became serpents,” it means that they actually made the serpents.

122) “Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh King of Egypt, the great monster that lies in the midst of his Niles.” This is so because their dominion below begins from the great monster downwards, but their wisdom extends below all the degrees of the monster and its Niles.

The monster and its 1,000 Niles are close to Kedusha. And when the monster lies in them, they are in wholeness. When it swims in the Niles, the impurity appears in its tail once every seventy years. However, the impurity precedes the degrees of impurity below the great monster and its Niles, and they are unfit to extend the light from the serpent and its Niles. It is written that the beginning of the dominion is from the great monster; hence, only their king receives from it, but the wisdom of the Egyptians themselves was from the lower degrees.

123) Their wisdom is in the lower degrees, to subdue and to enslave these degrees to the upper degrees, which are the great monster and its Niles, so they are included in them. Then they can extend light to the lower degrees, as well. The beginning of their dominion and their roots are below that monster, but they grip to the monster because from there, their upper degree, which is the king, receives strength. This is why their king is like the great monster that lies in the midst of its Niles.

124) The Creator carries out His mission through everything. The Creator has several emissaries who do His mission through things that have the spirit of life in them, as well as through things that have no spirit of life.

125) Man should be cautious with his sins, so he does not sin before the Creator. And the bricks in his house and the posts of his house testify about him. Sometimes the Creator carries out His mission through them. The Creator performed the beginning of miracles with Aaron’s rod, which is dry wood. Two missions were carried out through it: 1. It was dry wood and it swallowed their serpents; 2. For a time, it received the spirit of life and became a creature.

126) Cursed be those who say that the Creator is not destined to revive the dead. How is it possible that He would make a new creation of them? Those foolish wicked who are remote from the Torah and remote from Him, from the Creator, will come and see. Aaron had a rod in his hands, a dry wood, and the Creator temporarily turned it into a creature, meaning it changed in spirit and body. These are the bodies that already had holy spirits and souls in them, and kept the commandments of the Torah for days and nights, and which the Creator had placed in the dust. Afterwards, when He delights the world, after the end of correction, it is even more certain that the Creator will turn them into a new creature.

127) The body that was will rise, as it is written, “Your dead shall live,” and it does not say, “Shall be created.” This means that they had already been created but now they need only to live. This is so because a single bone will remain of the body under the earth. That bone does not rot and does not disappear in the dust forever. And at that time, the Creator will soften it and will make it as leaven in the dough, and it will rise and spread in four angles, and from it, the body and all its organs will be complemented. And subsequently, the Creator will place the spirit in it.

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