The Fifth Palace of the Sitra Achra, Sheol, Corresponding to the Name, Uncircumcised

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896) The fifth palace is called Sheol [the netherworld], corresponding to the name of the evil inclination, who is called Uncircumcised, which concerns the foreskin. There is one door in this palace, and an appointee over it, appointed to always evoke slandering against the world. That spirit is called Odium, since the name of the door is Odium, as it is written, “And I will put loathing between you and the woman.”

897) One spirit stands in that palace, ruling over everything. He is called Shoded [robber], as it is written, “Robbery and destruction.” He robs in the high mountains, among rocks and mountains. All the robbers who destroy with ruins suckle from that palace, and from here emerge all those who kill with swords and lances, and follow the blaze of the turning sword to destroy everything.

898) The spirit, Robbery, comes out of that spirit. When hunger governs in the world, the spirit Robbery is present, and another spirit participates with him, called Famine. They walk in the world and stand opposite from people, as it is written, “At Robbery and famine you shall laugh.” They slander people and rob everything. Once Robbery walks among the high mountains, robbing, destroying, and obliterating everything, he returns and robs people, and they die of the weakness that he weakens them. And when people eat, they are not full because he is ruling the world.

899) At that time, one who is merciful to people and gives them food and drink is worthy of repelling those two spirits outside so they do not rule in the world. When Israel are not merciful to people, and the rest of the nations are merciful in the world, those two spirits sweeten their words on the nations and attack Israel, for then the Sitra Achra strengthens and Israel surrender.

900) And when Israel are merciful, the Sitra Achra surrenders and weakens, and the side of Kedusha strengthens. And when Israel do not awaken in mercy, those two spirits turn around to subdue Israel. At that time, the rest of the nations suckle all those blessings that come down from the right side. This is what Divinity said, “They made me keeper of the vineyards,” which are the rest of the nations. She said, “I have not kept my own vineyard,” which are Israel, who are called “the vineyard of Divinity,’ since the rest of the nations drew Divinity into them through the Hassadim that they do with people, while Israel repel them from among them because they do not engage in Hassadim like the rest of the nations.

901) And under the spirits stand all those who are called “foreskin,” twig of foreskin, branches of foreskin. Above them is an appointee called Gzardinia, standing over those who do not keep the years of foreskin on the trees, and over all those avoiding the token of the circumcision from their sons. This is why the serpent wished to kill Moses’ son, until Zipporah circumcised him, as it is written, “Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin.”

902) That spirit is appointed over people who corrupt their ways and are not concerned with their Master’s glory, keeping the token of the holy covenant. That spirit puts them into Hell, Sheol, and Doom, where they are sentenced.

903) Inside, in the middle of that palace, is a spirit who stands and lurks by roads and trails, to see all those who breach the words of Torah, to instill hatred between the people below and above, since that whole palace is odium.

904) The way of all of them is to show people a bright face and seduce them to stray from the path of truth, drawing them after them, and then killing them. And they will die in two worlds.

905) That spirit is called Afrira, dust from ashes. He does not bear offspring or fruit to the world; he is not the holy dust that bears fruit, and which is called “dust of gold.” Rather, as it is written, “From the ashes of the burnt sin-offering,” for ashes is called “dust,” and this is the dust of the burning of the sin-offering. The sign in that verse comes in two ways: 1) Since that spirit is included in the sin-offering, which is the strong serpent. 2) When a person sins, he strengthens that dust and it rules in the world.

906) That spirit, which is called “dust,” is included in the bitter water that curses. Hence, a woman who strays under her husband and does the deed of a harlot must be given water to drink, mixed with dust from the ground of the tabernacle. That dust from the place called “ground,” the world of Beria, is called the “ground of the tabernacle,” Malchut de Atzilut, who is called “tabernacle.” That dust, the spirit, is from that ground. And this is why the priest must give the woman the drink in that manner, giving dust from the ground of the tabernacle inside the water.

907) Happy are Israel, for the Creator purifies them with high pure water, the water of Bina, as it is written, “And I shall cast upon you with pure water and you will be purified.” The first water is from Bina; the last water is from Malchut. The first water is called Mitzva, which is Malchut, and the last water is called “demerit.” The upper water is KedushaMitzva. The last water is demerit, the Sitra Achra in that palace. This is why the Sitra Achra takes his portion in that water, and it is written about it, “And I shall cast upon you pure water and you will be purified.”

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