They Came Each Man with His Household

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36) “These are the names of the sons of Israel” means Ysrael Saba. “Who come into Egypt” means all those armies and camps of angels that were descending into exile with Jacob, as it is written, “With Jacob.” And why does it say, “They came each man with his household”? After all, there is no house in angels. But of course the angels came each with his household because all who receive from another is considered a house to the giver. It turns out that “Each man with his household” means giving and receiving, which applies to angels, as well.

37) “And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the Lord and the king’s house.” Since he said, “The house of the Lord,” what is “The king’s house”? And if you say that it was said, “The king’s house” for Solomon, it is not so. Rather, “The house of the Lord” is the Temple and “The king’s house” is the Holy of Holies.

38) The house of the Lord is the Temple—courts, chambers, the porch-house, and the Holy of Holies—the Temple, meaning Malchut, called “the house of God.” The king’s house is the Holy of Holies, the innermost, Bina, who is called just “king.” Although this king is the high king, he is a Nukva toward the uppermost, concealed point, Hochma. And even though she is Nukva, she is still a male with respect to the king below, ZA. This means that a higher degree is always considered a male with respect to the lower one, and the lower one is a female. And yet, with respect to the one below the lowest, even the lower one is considered a male. It is always like that, which is why everything is like that.

Hence, it is written about the lower ones, the angels that came to Egypt with Jacob, “They came each man with his household,” even though there is no household in them. This is because man and his household are considered male and female, where each higher degree in them is considered a male with respect to the lower one, and each lower degree is considered a female with respect to the upper, and a male with respect to her own lower one.

39) “A locked garden is my sister.” “A locked garden” is the assembly of Israel, the Nukva. As it is necessary to keep this garden—to hoe, to water, and to prune it—the assembly of Israel needs hoeing, keeping, watering, and pruning, meaning the righteous’ service of the Nukva. This is why she is called “a garden.”

She is also called “a vineyard” because as the vineyard requires hoeing, watering, and pruning, so do Israel, meaning the house of Israel, the Nukva, as it is written, “For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel.”

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