Tzur and Sela [both words mean “rock”]

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425) It is written, “And you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it.” Is this customary with the holy Name? So it is, since there is not a name among the holy names of the Creator that does not perform miracles and great deeds, and elicits everything that the world needs, especially here, eliciting water.

426) It is written, “He struck the rock and the waters poured out.” Who strikes for His name? A pointed hammer is apparent by its strikes, meaning a sharp man knows how to ask. However, in all the places, Tzur [rock] is Gevura, meaning Malchut when she is discerned as Gevura. When the Creator, ZA, wishes to strike or to punish, this Gevura awakens, and that Gevura strikes and punishes, as it is written, “He struck the rock.” If the rock did not awaken and struck in the places where it was needed, water would not pour out.

427) However, it is written, “You have forgotten the Rock who begot you.” “Forgotten” means you have weakened it. But this cannot be there. Yet, of course this is so, for if the wicked knew that the rock was destined to awaken against them and to punish them, they would avoid sinning before it. However, it was a weakness in their eyes because they did not consider it and it did not consider their ways, to punish them promptly. It is said about that, “You have forgotten the Rock who begot you.”

428) There is a rock and there is a rock. From the upper rock comes forth another rock. The upper rock is the rock of all rocks, the one who begot Israel, ZA, as it is written, “You have forgotten the Rock who begot you,” meaning Bina, who begot Israel. This is so because from the upper rock, above, another rock comes out, and from the side of ImaBinaGevura comes out, Malchut.

429) It is written, “Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord?” What are the “Mighty deeds of the Lord”? It is including the upper Ima of everything, Bina, where even though she is not Din in and of herself, Din is present from her side, because Gevura is present from her side, Malchut that is mitigated in Bina. This is why she is called “the upper rock.” And it is written, “And forgot the God who gave you birth” is the light of Aba, upper Hesed.

430) Wherever it writes “water,” it indicates light of Hesed. The Creator awakened in this rock, which is Din, to impart water, Hesed, for it is proper to come out only from Hesed. This is the sign and the miracle of the Creator, that a rock, Din, imparted Hassadim. This is what David praised and said, “Who turned the rock into a pool of water.” The meaning of “Who turned” is that He turned it from Din to Hesed, for it is not the conduct of a rock to impart Hesed.

431) For this reason He poured out water in the upper rock, Bina, from the place below, from Malchut. And what is the name of that one below? It is “a rock,” as it is written, “You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the rock.” With what did this rock bring forth water? With the power of the upper rock, Bina.

432) “The Rock! His work is perfect,” meaning that rock has turned into doing the work of a perfect one. And who is he? Abraham, Hesed, of whom it is written, “Walk before Me and be you whole.” This is, “Who turned the rock into a pool of water,” turning the act of Din into an act of Hesed. Thus, it means that his work is perfect, meaning Hesed, and this is Abraham, who is Hesed.

433) At that time the rock became perfect once more. At another time, a second one, when Moses wished to bring water out of this rock, he did not return to being perfect because of the iniquities of Israel. Then Moses was angry and said, “You have forgotten the Rock who begot you,” meaning you have weakened it from what it was in the beginning. Because of you, it is not perfect now, and it became Din, which was not so in your childhood days, when you were a youth.

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