They Came Each Man with His Household

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272) These Merkavot [assemblies] and holy camps are the twelve tribes that are carved above, in Divinity. When they came down, everyone came to dwell with them, as it is written, “They came each man with his household,” relating to the angels that came to dwell with the sons of Israel in Egypt. Reuben, Shimon, Levi, and all the others imply the forms of the twelve tribes in Divinity.

273) “And these are the names of the sons of Israel, who come into Egypt with Jacob.” It begins with “The sons of Israel” and ends with, “With Jacob,” which says that this portion returns from the sons of Israel to Jacob, meaning the sons of Israel descended to the degree of sons of Jacob.

274) When Israel went into exile, all the souls of the tribes gathered at the Cave of Machpelah. They cried out and said, “Grandfather, Grandfather!” In all the labor in this world, there is nothing like the pain of the sons. “Your sons are all enslaved in hard labor by others, and every vengeance in the world is inflicted upon them.”

275) At that time, that spirit of the grandfather, meaning Jacob, awakened, asked permission, and descended into Egypt. He called unto the Creator, to all His Merkavot and camps, and to their king, and Divinity was leading them. They all came down with Jacob and with his tribes. The tribes came down alive to Egypt with their father, and they also came down dead to Egypt with their father, as it is written, “And these are the names of the sons of Israel, who come into Egypt.” It is also written, “Reuben, Shimon, Levi,” who were now dead but went down to Egypt. It is written, “And Joseph was in Egypt,” since his spirit did not part with Egypt after his demise, compelling him to come back down like the rest of the tribes. Joseph, “Like as a father has compassion on his children,” did not part with them even after his demise.

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