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158) Bronze of the wave offering are mountains of bronze, two mountains, ZON of Noga, and they are called “bronze plinths.” There are gate-guards who surround all who are inside because they are the gate-guards who stand at the gates from outside. It is so because the Noga surrounds the Kedusha and keeps it from the Klipot. They come and go in the King’s house, in Malchut, since the good side in Noga is complete Kedusha, though outside Kedusha, and sometimes it goes inside.

159) All of the instruments of the altar, to use them, are of bronze, ZON de Noga. These are instruments for the altar when the souls draw near, to rise over the altar, Malchut. They are the one who do the work of the altar, and all help the souls serve service, and they are called “instruments of the altar.” Also, all the Kelim and the stakes of the tabernacle, which are outside the tabernacle, as well, are called by names of instruments of service, to serve in the holiness. By that, all the appointees and the Merkavot [pl. of Merkava], and certain directions stand each in its place. In certain palaces of Kedusha, they are all under calculation, as it is written, “Who leads forth their host by number.”

160) The gold in the tabernacle is connected to the upper gold, Gevura. Likewise is the silver to the upper silver, Hesed, and the bronze in the tabernacle to the upper bronze, Tifferet. It is so because the bronze below, ZON de Noga, takes power from the bronze above, Tifferet. Also, all the colors mingle in one another to unite and connect with one another.

161) Gold hooks are poised to tie those curtains of azure and purple, scarlet, and linen to one another, connector to connector. The bronze hooks are to connect the tabernacle, the goat-hair curtains, and they stand opposite each other.

They all stand as the stars in the firmament. As the stars illuminate in the firmament and are seen, so these hooks in the tabernacle illuminate. Those hooks illuminate and seem as stars, standing, protruding, and sparkling. And these 50 of gold and 50 of bronze illuminate one opposite the other.

162) One spark comes out of the upper light, ZA, sparkling and illuminating in a mirror that does not illuminate. That is, it illuminates to Malchut. The spark consists of all the illuminating colors, and it is called “purple.” When that purple strikes—bestows—in the dark light, Malchut, another spark comes out, which is not flaming, azure, and they mingle with one another. These are the holy garments in which Michael, the high priest, is robed.

163) When Michael wore those garments of glory, he entered to serve in the holy place. But as long as he was not wearing those garments, he did not enter the holy place, as it is written, “And Moses entered the midst of the cloud and went up to the mountain.” He clothed himself in the cloud, and then went up to the mountain. But as long as he did not clothe in it, he could not enter. Likewise, the high priest does not enter the holy place before he is clothed in those garments to enter the holy place.

164) And because they emerge from the upper ones, and they are as above, they are called “official dress” [literal translation: garments of residue], from the word “residue” because they remain from those upper garments, as they were from what was left of the lights of the upper splendors. Azure is Malchut, and purple is ZA. These are colors of the holy name, whose complete name is HaVaYaH Elokim [the Lord God], where HaVaYaH is purple, and Elokim is azure. This is the meaning of the high priest wearing it in order to come to the holy place.

Scarlet is the red color, opposite Gevura. Azure and purple correspond to Malchut and ZA, who are included in all those colors. And because the high priest dresses in the garments of these colors, he goes inside and is not repelled outward.

165) It is all done in faith, in the degree of Malchut, who is called “faith,” so all will be as above. This is why it is written, “The official dress for ministering in the holy place.” They are called “holy garments” because they are called “holy” only when those colors are in them, as it is written, “They are holy garments.” It is also written, “The holiness of Israel is for the Lord, His first fruit.” “The holiness of Israel,” since all the colors are seen in Israel, who are priests, Levites, and Israel, the colors of HGT—white, red, and green. The priests are white, the Levites are red, and Israel are green, colors to be shown inside, in the holy place.

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