Bezalel Made the Ark

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375) “And Bezalel made the ark of acacia-wood.” This ark is to put the written Torah into it, the ark of Malchut, the written Torah, ZA. The Torah was concealed in it in six surrounding boards, since the ark was made of six boards—four boards around its four sides, one board on top, and one board below, thus six. And this is called “an ark.” When turning these six boards, HGT NHY de Malchut, into being one, it is one body in which to put the Torah, who is in VAKHGT NHYZA.

376) These boards of the ark are five. The four boards on the sides and one below are HGT NH because the board on top is the cover over it, and is not of the ark. Also, five books enter it, five books of Moses [Pentateuch], HGT NH de ZA. These five boards are six, with one degree that enters them in concealment, and which is called “all,” “covenant,” Yesod. As it is in concealment, there is no board in the ark opposite it. When it enters the five boards, the ark and the Torah stand in nine degrees, two names HaVaYaH Elokim, in which there are nine letters, after which stands one board, superior, the cover, the firmament that turns and covers everything, the eighth firmament, Bina. For this reason, when the cover covers them, all are in concealment, meaning they are unseen.

377) Here we should look and know the meaning of the ark. There is an ark, and there is an ark—Malchut de Kedusha and Malchut de Sitra Achra—one opposite the other. It is written about it, “All this did Araunah the king give to the king.” Was Araunah a king? David conquered Jerusalem and the place of the Temple was his; why did he buy it with money from Araunah? Is it that although Jerusalem was David’s, the place was still the lot of Araunah and had to be bought?

378) Of course Araunah was a king and that place was under his authority and he governed it. When it was time for it to come out from under his hands, it came out only with much blood and killing among Israel, by war. Afterwards, a sabotaging angel stood over the place, and there, when he would kill and stand in that place, he would not be able to kill and his strength would wane.

379) That place was the place where Isaac was tied, where Abraham built the altar and tied his son, Isaac. When the Creator saw that place, He was filled with mercy, as it is written, “The Lord saw and repented.” The Creator saw the tying of Isaac in that place and once again pitied them immediately.

380) “[He] said to the destroying angel, ‘It is enough! Now relax your hand.’” “Many of the people” means it is enough for you to have this place under your hand. Henceforth he returned the place to its owner, and yet, it came out of his hand with death and with silver.

381) Why is he called Araunah? While the place was under his hand, it was called Araunah, implying the Aron [ark/coffin] of the Sitra Achra, their Malchut. When letters were added to the word Aron it was called Araunah, since this is what should be added to the evil eyed, which in the Sitra Achra is considered a deficit.

382) On the side of Kedusha, letters are reduced from it, and his Kedusha increases, as it is written, “Over twelve oxen,” reducing the letter Mem. It does not write Shanim [years], but Shani, without the Mem. The Sitra Achra is given additional letters, as it is written, “Then you shall make goat-hair curtains for a tent over the tabernacle; you shall make eleven curtains,” which is additional letters: an Ayin was added to the twelve. It is a deficiency because twelve with an Ayin is one less than twelve without an Ayin. On the side of Kedusha, it writes twelve without a Mem, while here it writes twelve with an added Ayin, and it is a deficiency for him. So should it be for an evil eyed, who wishes to fill his eye, his own Ayin—he is reduced, as we learn that all who add, decrease.

383) The side of Kedusha is called “the ark of the covenant,” implying Malchut de Kedusha. The ark of the covenant, Malchut, that is connected in the covenant, Yesod, befits the body, ZA, to bring into it the form of a man, HaVaYaH filled with Alephs, which is man in Gematria (45). On that matter, when the holy pious passed away from this world, they would place them in a coffin to imply the unification of ZA in the ark of the covenant. This is because the Sitra Achra is not corrected in a body, and is not at all man’s body, which implies ZA. For this reason, bodies were not created for the Sitra Achra because they are not included in man’s body whatsoever.

384) It is written about Joseph, “He was embalmed and placed in a coffin.” “Placed” is with two letters Yod, connecting covenant to covenant, for Yod implies the covenant, Yesod. It is written, two letters Yod opposite two covenants, the covenant below, Joseph, and the covenant above, the ark of the covenant. He entered the covenant because he kept the holy covenant and existed in it. This is why he was worthy of entering the ark.

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