Burning of Holies

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134) “Then fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering … on the altar.” This is Uriel, who seems as a flame of fire on the altar. When he would crouch over the offering, joy was in all because it was welcomed, as it is written, “The glory of the Lord appeared to the people.” Were it not on this day, the confusion of the death of the sons of Aaron, then from the day they came out of Egypt there was no such contentment above and below.

135) It is a Mitzva [commandment] to burn holies in the fire. “But what is left over from the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned with fire.” There is “holy,” there is “holies,” and there is “holy of holies.” What pleasure does the Creator have in the burning of holies? Is it for Isaac, that when Israel are in trouble, Isaac’s ashes rise before Him and hence the offering must be burnt to ashes, to mention his merit, for if they should be burned, they will be saved because of him? Or is it for the sons of Aaron, who were like the burning of the holies, as it is written, “And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died,” and their death was atonement for Israel, like the burning of the holies? Is that only an interpretation, too?

136) There are three fires in a candle: white fire, black fire, and azure fire, corresponding to the Torah [Pentateuch], Prophets, Hagiographa, and corresponding to Priest, Levite, and Israel. Azure is Divinity, which is close to us and hovers over the lower ones, clinging to those wicks, which are wings of Mitzva, for it was said about them, “They shall make for themselves tassels [Tzitzit],” and this azure is Divinity, Din, which consumes sacrifices and offerings.

NRN of a person are called “holies.” The Nefesh is holy, the Ruach is holies, and the Neshama is holy of holies. In the secrets of Torah, the meaning of the burning of holies is clarified in the burning of a person’s NRN, which is the holy of holies before the Creator. What is the joy that the Creator derives from burning the souls that are called “holies”? These three fires are opposite the Torah, Prophets, and Hagiographa, where white fire corresponds to Torah, Tifferet, the black fire corresponds to Prophets, NH, and the azure fire to Hagiographa, Malchut.

These correspond to Priest, Levite, and Israel, three lines. It follows that Torah corresponds to a Priest, right line, Prophets to a Levite, left line, and Hagiographa to Israel, middle line. We should understand, the Torah, Prophets, and Hagiographa are TifferetNH, and Malchut, which are one below the other. How can they be compared to Priest, Levite, and Israel, who are three lines, where the right is opposite the left, and the middle one is between them, and they are all at the same degree?

The thing is that it is similar to AVIYESHSUT, and ZON, which are also three degree one below the other. And yet, they become three lines in the same degree because when AVI raise their Bina and TM, the lower degree, YESHSUT, which is attached to these Bina and TM, rises along with them. At that time, these Bina and TM, and these YESHSUT, which rise to AVI, become a left line to AVI, and then Bina and TM de YESHSUT that rose to YESHSUT have already elevated their own bottom degree, ZON, along with them to the place of YESHSUT, which is now in AVI. Thus, all three degrees that were initially one below the other, are now three lines in the same degree, where AVI are the right line, YESHSUT is the left line, and ZON is the middle line.

And precisely so were the Torah, Prophets, and Hagiographa made into three lines. When Tifferet, the Torah, elevated their Bina and TM, his lower degree, NH, Prophets, rose along with them to the place of Tifferet and they became his left line. And when those NH raised their Bina and TMMalchut, too, rose with them to NH, who are now in Tifferet. Thus, now the three of them are in the place of Tifferet and became three lines, where Tifferet is the right line, NH is the left line, and Malchut is the middle line.

However, here we should know the rule that there is no Malchut without Yesod. Hence, even though it is written MalchutMalchut includes Yesod, as well, in a way that Yesod and Malchut became a middle line to Tifferet and NH, like the ZON that became a middle line to AVI and YESHSUT. To evoke it, The Zohar makes the precision of saying that although the three fires—white, black, and azure—are one below the other, like the Torah, Prophets, and Hagiographa, they are still three lines, like Priest, Levite, and Israel.

The light of the candle is the light of Malchut, since Malchut is called “a candle.” However, as we say that ZA comprises all three lines of Bina because three come out of one, and one stands in all three, once Malchut became a middle line between Torah and Prophets, right and left, Malchut contains them, too. The white fire is the right line; the black fire is the left line; and the azure fire is the middle line.

But the azure, the actual Malchut, which became the middle line, includes Yesod within it, too. The Yesod included in it is the right in the azure, and Malchut herself is the left. In that respect, even though we say that the azure is the middle line, it is still a left line because it consists of right and left, where the right is Yesod and the actual Malchut, the azure, is the left.

She clings to those wicks, which are the wings of Mitzva, of which it was said, “They shall make for themselves tassels [Tzitzit].” The white in the Tzitzit is the right line, and the azure in the Tzitzit is the left line. Also, it is known that the left is included in the right so it can shine, only through Masach de Hirik, which clings to it and diminishes it. This is the wick, and the crude thing to which the azure light in the candle clings. And the wings of Mitzva, the wings of the Talit [praying shawl], is the wick and the crude thing to which the azure in the Tzitzit clings, meaning the Masach de Hirik, of which it was said, “They shall make for themselves a Tzitzit.” Through the wing, the white and the azure cling to each other and the light of the Tzitzit appears.

And besides the azure clinging to the wick—Masach de Hirik—and burning it, it also burns sacrifices and offerings, which are the souls. This is so because in the burning of the holies, he brings two Mitzvot—burning the holies on the altar, and burning what is left of it through the third day.

These two kinds of burnings apply to the souls as well, and the cremation of the remainder indicates the DinimMan’ula and Miftacha, the Masach de Hirik. Also, they rise because of the sins of the lower ones and cling to Malchut, the azure. At that time, the azure burns them and cancels them, and this is the cremation of the remainder. There is also the burning of the holies on the altar, the burning of the souls, where Angel Michael stands and sacrifices them on the altar above.

137) If the Malchut, azure, finds people who are dry wood—like dry wick without the oil, which are the Torah and RachamimMalchut—she burns them. And because the uneducated are beasts, who are loathsome, the azure—which is the name ADNIMalchut, burns them because they approach her with abomination, the evil inclination, and a foreigner, as it is written, “And the stranger who comes near shall be put to death.”

138) If they repent prior to their death, Angel Michael—who is the high priest, the lion that eats the offerings—slaughters them, comes down on them to offer them as sacrifice before the Creator.

139) And before one’s soul leaves, he makes several confessions. And when his soul departs, he intended to complete the name, to complete the unification of Malchut, who is called “a name,” in the unification, “Hear O Israel,” which is the unification of ZA, and “Blessed be the glory of His kingship forever and ever,” which is the unification of Malchut, to offer his soul as sacrifice to the name HaVaYaH.

And one needs to confess to the Creator, to accept and to bring the burning and consuming Hey, the Malchut, to His name, HaVaYaH, and to bring the Hey to repent back to YodHeyVavEKYEH, which together amount to forty-two. In other words, to bring the Hey back to the YodHeyVav, and the upper unification in Bina will be HaVaYaH EKYEH.

This is so because HaVaYaH is Hochma and EKYEH is Bina, since before the unification is completed, Malchut is called ADNI, in which there are the letters of Din [in Hebrew], to indicate the Din of Malchut, which is Din, and that the unification of HaVaYaH EKYEH is incomplete.

140) With the explicit name, Yod He Vav HeHaVaYaH filled with Alephs, which is ZA, one should aim to unite in one heart, in Malchut. He should aim in that when he lets out his Ruach, in his Nefesh, he takes upon himself death and torments, and in his Neshama, makes several confessions and regrets.

141) In the Nefesh, he assumes death, slaughter, and burning. And if the four courthouse deaths are required—stoning, burning, killing, and strangling—he takes them upon his Nefesh from ADNI. In his Neshama, he makes several confessions and repents to the name EKYEHBina, which clings to the two names HaVaYaHHaVaYaH. This is so because the Hochma is called HaVaYaH, as in the unification of HaVaYaH EKYEH, and ZA is called HaVaYaH. And Bina receives from Hochma and imparts upon ZA, thus she is gripped between the two of them.

142) One should aim in one’s mind to utter a confession and the acceptance of the death upon him in one heart, uniting Malchut—heart—with a unification of “The Lord [HaVaYaH] is one.” This is the explicit name, Yod He Vav HeHaVaYaH filled with AlephsZA, in which the priests kneel, bow, and fall on their faces and say, “Blessed be the glory of His kingship forever and ever.” Glory is thirty-two in Gematria, the Malchut, heart [which is also thirty-two]. And in it, he intends to complete the name, to complete the unification of Malchut with HaVaYaH.

143) How does one who is uneducated know all these intentions? Indeed, the uneducated is like an ox, or a lamb, or a goat, or a turtledove, or a pigeon that are sacrificed on the altar. As the beasts do not know the Torah, the name HaVaYaH, the uneducated does not know. But Michael, the high priest, makes him an offering and a sacrifice before the Creator, and he intends in the explicit name upon the ascension of his spirit, so his spirit will exit in one heart, and in all those intentions, as one’s spirit rises each night when it rises for MAN to Malchut.

144) For this reason, sages said, “Repent one day prior to your death,” since each day, one must repent and give one’s spirit to Him, so he will depart in one, as it is written, “Into Your hand I commit my spirit.”

There are two kinds of burning:

1. Burning of the remainder, the Man’ulaMalchut de Midat ha Din [quality of judgment] that rises and appears in the mitigated Malchut due to the sins of the lower ones concerning, “If he is not rewarded, it is bad.” The azure, the Malchut that clings to the Man’ula, burns them. This is why it was said above that if the Malchut, azure, finds people who are dry wood, like dry wicks without oil, which is the Torah and Rachamim—meaning an uneducated one who sins all of his days until his root in Malchut appears over him, the Dinim de Malchut de Midat ha Din, without Rachamim, for she is not mitigated in BinaMalchut burns them. She burns that soul.

And because the uneducated are beasts, who have NRN from the side of pure beasts, which are very low, the azure, which is the name ADNI, burns them, since the harsh Midat ha Din de Man’ula—called the evil inclination, the angel of death—is attached to them.

This is why it was said about him, “And the stranger who comes near shall be put to death.” Yet, only the Nefesh of the sinner is blemished and burned, but his Ruach and Neshama are not blemished at all, but depart to their root. The reason is that the flaw of the point of Man’ula that extends from Tzimtzum Aleph [first restriction] blemishes only Malchut, and none of the first nine. And since the root of Ruach and Neshama is from Bina and ZA, the flaw does not touch them. Instead, they depart because of the blemished Kli and rise to their root, while the Nefesh herself is the one that is blemished and burned. This burning is the burning of the remainder.

2. Burning of holies, burning of souls. In other words, that sinner who discovered Midat ha Din de Man’ula in the root of his soul, the angel of death, since death extends from her, if he repents upon dying and takes upon himself death, slaughter, and burning, to give contentment to the Creator, after his death Midat ha Din de Man’ula is mitigated for him into Midat ha RachamimBina. Also, it is known that in this ascent, there is Katnut and Gadlut. First, when Malchut rises to Bina, the GAR depart from Bina and she remains in VAK without Rosh. Following her, all the degrees diminish.

It follows that by mitigating his Midat ha Din with Midat ha Rachamim, when Malchut from his root rises to Bina at his root, the Ruach and Neshama have diminished into VAK without Rosh. Thus far, they were complete, since Midat ha Din de Man’ula does not damage the first nine, from which come Ruach and Neshama. Also, the departure of the Rosh from the Ruach and the Neshama is regarded as slaughter because slaughter separates the Rosh from the Guf. And this person who repents at the time of his death is rewarded with mitigation of Midat ha Din with Rachamim. But in regard to the Katnut, it is considered a slaughter.

It is said that if they repent before their death, when angel Michael slaughters them, who is the great priest, the lion that eats the offerings, since Angel Michael is Hesed, which extends from the right line, from the point of Holam, where the Din that is mitigated in Bina is found, in Midat ha Rachamim, that mitigated Din is a lion that eats offerings. For this reason, this angel was selected to mitigate his Midat ha Din with Midat ha Rachamim. He diminishes the Neshama and Ruach, who were complete, in terms of Rosh, and this is regarded as slaughtering. This is why it was said that Angel Michael slaughters them, meaning removes the Rosh from them, their GAR. However, this Katnut that is regarded as slaughter later brings Gadlut, when Malchut exits Bina and returns to her place, and GAR appear in all the degrees once more. By that, the Zivug of the Creator and His Divinity is done once more from the root of one’s soul.

It is said that He comes down over them to offer them as sacrifice before the Creator. It is so because this slaughter is considered that Angel Michael offers them as sacrifice before the Creator, that by that, they cause the Zivug of the Creator and His Divinity, which is the offering. This is why it is considered that Angel Michael sacrifices the souls on the altar, Malchut, and burns them, as a lion eats offerings, which is the mitigated Din of Bina at the point of Holam, by which the GAR of the souls are slaughtered and burned on the altar and become MAN for ZON. They cause Malchut to return and receive her GAR at the time of Gadlut and unite with ZA, the offering.

However, one who repents only at the time of his death can receive only his Katnut after his death. And yet, his merit is truly great because if he incarnates again and is rewarded with engaging in Torah and work, he will extend the Gadlut, and then he will make the Zivug between ZA and Malchut.

It was said above, “And when his soul departs.” He intended to complete the Name in the unification, “Hear O Israel,” and “Blessed be the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever.” He intended that through sacrificing his soul he would be rewarded with completing the unification of “Hear O Israel,” which is ZA, “Blessed be the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever,” which is Malchut, and this will unfold once he incarnates again.

Yet, there are two unifications here. Regarding his soul, whose root is in Bina, the complete unification is regarded as HaVaYaH EKYEH, where HaVaYaH is Hochma and EKYEH is Bina. But now at the time of Katnut it is considered that the bottom Hey is lacking for the HaVaYaH and there are only YodHeyVav in it, which indicates that it is VAK without GAR. This is why it was said that one must confess to the Creator to accept and bring the Hey closer to His name, HaVaYaH, and bring the Hey back in repentance to YodHeyVav EKYEH. One should aim to be rewarded with Gadlut and to complete the name, to bring the Malchut, which is the bottom Hey, closer to the name YodHeyVav EKYEH, and there will be the complete unification in BinaHaVaYaH EKYEH.

In regard to his Ruach, whose root is in ZA, the complete unification of Gadlut is regarded as HaVaYaH filled with Alephs, which is ZA, along with the whole Malchut in the unification of “Blessed be the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever.” Upon the departure of his Ruach [spirit], whose root is in ZA, he should aim that he will be rewarded with Gadlut, at which time the unification will be in HaVaYaH with the filling of Alephs, and in one heart, the Malchut, so it will be in “His name One.” This is the explicit Name, YodHeVavHeHaVaYaH with the filling of AlephsZA, in which the priests kneel and bow, and fall to their faces and say, “Blessed be the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever.”

Glory is thirty-two in GematriaLev [“heart,” LamedBet]. In it, he intends to complete the name, for he intended to be rewarded with Gadlut and to complete the name in the unification of HaVaYaH filled with AlephsZA, and the unification of Blessed be the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever,” Malchut. And his Nefesh clings to Malchut herself, burns her, and revokes the Dinim in her.

It was said that in Nefesh, he takes upon himself death, slaughter, and burning. Death is for the Guf [body], and slaughter is for Neshama and Ruach [soul and spirit], when Michael removes the Rosh [head] from them and leaves them VAK without a Rosh, which is considered slaughtering. Burning is for the Nefesh, which clings to Malchut and is burned in the azure in her until she is fit for this correction of mitigating Malchut in Bina through Michael.

Sometimes, when one’s iniquities are many, the Nefesh must assume the four courthouse deaths from the Malchut, which are implied in the words “And the land,” Malchut, “Was unformed and void and darkness … and the spirit.” Tohu [“unformed”] is strangling; Bohu [“void”] is stoning; “darkness” is burning; and “spirit” is killing.

This is the process and the correction from the first restriction, Midat ha Din, to the second restriction, Midat ha Rachamim. “Unformed and void” are Tzimtzum Aleph [first restriction] and the Masach in it, and darkness and spirit are Tzimtzum Bet [second restriction] and its Masach. Hence, when the sinner takes upon himself the four courthouse deaths prior to his deaths, it is good for him, for Midat ha Din de Tzimtzum Aleph that he discovered in his sins will be removed from him and will be corrected in Midat ha Rachamim in Tzimtzum Bet, through Angel Michael. Also, it will be good for him that Michael will offer his soul before the Creator.

145) If he is a wise disciple, it is said about him, “The righteous knows the soul [Nefesh] of his beast.” This is so because there is none so wise as the priest, Hesed, as it is written, “He who wishes to grow wise shall go south,” meaning cling to Hesed, south, since in GadlutHesed de ZA becomes Hochma. And if he is a wise disciple he must have Hesed in him. And with the YodHochma in him, he is Hassid [adherent, pious]. And one in whom there is no Hochma is not a Hassid. This is why it is written, “And the uneducated is not a Hassid.”

And if there is the first Hey in him, Bina, the Five Books of Moses that were given from the left, he is called “mighty in the Torah” and “one who fears sin,” for he has been rewarded with the quality of Gevura. And there is Hesed in him, for he is a Hassid. And there is Gevura in him, from which the Torah, YodHey, was given, since in GadlutHG de ZA became HB. And if he is ignorant and has no Torah in him, it is said of him, “The ignorant have no fear of sin.”

146) One who has been rewarded with TifferetVav—since one who has been rewarded with HG is rewarded with Tifferet, too, since Tifferet consists of HG—is wise, understands the Torah, and fears sin, meaning that the HG he was rewarded with have become HB and he is wise, understanding. He succeeds his Malchut, that of Tifferet, which is the bottom Hey of the name HaVaYaH, and is rewarded with it if he does the King’s Mitzvot, since Malchut is called “the King’s commandment.” It follows that he has been rewarded with all four letters, Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, which are Hochma, Bina, Tifferet, and Malchut.

When one is rewarded with the name HaVaYaH, he is rewarded with the explicit name, called Adam, HaVaYaH filled with Alephs, which is Adam in Gematria, forty-five, YodHeVavHe, which indicates ZA in Gadlut. At that time, he governs the body, who is the associate of the beastly soul and beastly spirit, since doing the vanities of the world is in the beastly soul and the beastly spirit, when referring to vanities of the world. In the beastly soul are all kinds of thoughts and contemplations about the vanities of the world, but the wise disciple controls the body and the beastly NRN.

147) It is written, “And let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth.” “The fish of the sea” implies to Neshama; “The birds of the sky” to Ruach; and “The cattle” to the Nefesh. “Over all the earth” is the Guf [body], a small world. They fear the wise disciple who governs them, as it is written, “And the fear of you and the dread of you.” He governs them from the right side, Hesed. In Hesed it was said, “And let them rule,” as it is written, “And he shall rule from sea to sea,” as in control. They fear him from the left side, Gevura, as it is written, “The fear of you and the dread of you.” It is said about it, “The righteous knows the soul of his beast,” governing his beastly soul.

148) And since he is righteous, the Creator does not give him a reward for Mitzvot. He has no reward in this world, and no nourishment for his beastly Guf and NRN, and a poor man is regarded as dead. And above all, he is permanently with Divinity.

149) “For your God is a consuming fire.” This fire is Divinity, and it must always be with him, for there is no quenching to it, for it consumes all the offerings, which are the prayers and words of Torah. This is so because Divinity is the sustenance of ZA in the prayers of Israel, meaning she receives them.

It is written, “Open for me, my sister, my wife,” meaning open for me with a prayer, as it is written, “O Lord, open my lips,” which is “My sister, my wife.” And my wife is indeed my sustenance, from the word Raiah [wife], as in H’ Ro’I [Heb: The Lord is my shepherd], for in her are the holy sons, Israel, correcting the foods of the offerings of the King, ZA, with several kinds of food, with the bread of Torah.

150) It is written, “Go eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.” “Of my bread” is from the right, from the side of Hesed. “Of the wine” is the wine of Torah, from the left, the side of Gevura. When the water, which is right, is poured, and the wine of the written Torah and the oral Torah, which is left, from the middle pillar, Tifferet, which includes right and left, HG. In the flesh of holiness, in several offerings, in Malchut, of which it is written, “We are dealing with the flesh that comes down from the heaven.” “From the heaven” is the middle pillar, ZA, heaven. ZA, Adam, said about her, “And flesh of my flesh.”

151) This holy flesh, Malchut, burns in several flames from the side of Gevura with the love of her husband, ZA. She is burning in love, the love of the reading of Shema [Hear], the love of unification. She will not quench day or night; and friends, please give him—the Creator—no rest until he is in the flame of love of His unification at the reading of Shema, to keep in it the words, “A continual fire would burn on the altar and would not quench.

As long as one has not been rewarded with complete repentance and did not obtain Mochin de GARThe Zohar regards him as uneducated and he is not considered a wise disciple. Only after he has been rewarded with Mochin de GAR from HaVaYaH filled with AlephsGAR de ZA, the Hesed in it rises up to Hochma, and Gevura to Bina. This is why they said, “If he is a wise disciple, he must have Hesed in him,” to first be rewarded with VAK, since from the right line, his level is the level of Hesed. Afterwards, he will be rewarded with GAR, as well, and the Hesed will rise to being Hochma. It follows that he has both Hesed and Hochma, which is the Yod inside the Hesed, and then he is Hassid. “The uneducated is not a Hassid,” since the Yod inside the Hesed is missing for him, Hochma. This is why he is considered uneducated.

This is from the left line, where by obtaining Mochin de VAK, whose level is Gevura, he is called “a Gibor [mighty] in the Torah.” Afterwards, if he is rewarded with the GAR of the left line, whose level of Gevura transcends to being Bina, the first Hey de HaVaYaH, illumination of Hochma extends from the left of Bina, and he is called, “fearing sin.” This is so because illumination of Hochma is not extended from the left line of Bina, unless with the disclosure of the harsh Dinim over the wicked ones who extended the Hochma from above downwards, to cast fear and dread over those who wish to extend the Hochma from above downwards.

It follows that one who is rewarded with illumination of Hochma of the left is fearing sin, meaning he fears to sin and to extend the Hochma from above downwards. This is the root of the prohibition of all 365 negative Mitzvot [commandments to avoid certain actions].

One must know the difference between the Hochma on the right line, the Hesed, which rose to being Hochma, and the illumination of Hochma in the left line, which is Gevura that has risen to BinaHochma of the right line is upper AVI, who for themselves are Hassadim that are covered from Hochma. They are called Hochma for two reasons: 1) Because they clothe Hochma Stimaa [HSde AA. 2) When the illumination of Hochma appears in YESHSUT, they receive this illumination from AVI, which clothe HS. Thus, AVI, who are essentially Hochma, and YESHSUT, receive only illumination. However, then, too, although AVI give illumination of Hochma to YESHSUT, it is only in transference from HS to YESHSUT. But the Hochma does not clothe in AVI themselves; they are always in covered Hassadim, and the Yod never departs the Avir [air] of AVI. Instead, YESHSUT are the source for disclosure of Hochma because the Yod in them comes out of the AvirHassadim, and they become light of Hochma.

However, they receive this Hochma that appears in YESHSUT from upper AVI. And every place where Hochma is mentioned in the right line is considered upper AVI. Also, the Hochma in the left line is considered YESHSUT, which are regarded as Bina, but one who returned to being Hochma, and not actual Hochma.

And if he is ignorant and there is no Torah in him, it is said about him, “The ignorant have no fear of sin.” This is so because as long as he was not rewarded with GAR of the left line, which is illumination of Hochma in the left line that appears along with harsh Dinim over the sinful wicked ones, he has no fear of sinning. Fear of sin comes only by looking at Dinim, which appear over the sinner at the time of disclosure of illumination of Hochma.

When one is rewarded with obtaining the GAR and he has NRN from HaVaYaH filled with Alephs, these NRN clothe in the beastly NRN of a person and in his beastly body. By this clothing, the beastly NRN surrender to the spiritual NRN, the spiritual NRN govern the body and the beastly NRN, and turn them into Kedusha [holiness], as it is written, “The righteous knows the soul of his beast,” meaning he governs his beastly soul.

However, one must know the difference between his beastly Guf and NRN and the holy, spiritual NRNNRN de Kedusha extend from HaVaYaH filled with Alephs, the middle line of ZA, which unites the right and left in one another in a way that the right extends from above downwards, and illumination of Hochma on the left will shine only from below upwards.

And the Guf and the beastly NRN of a person extend from Klipat Noga [the Noga Shell], which mixes good and evil. There is good in them that extends from the unification of the middle line in the spiritual NRN, and there is evil in them—the Sitra Achra and all the Klipot, who have no wish for the correction of the middle line and cling only to the left line. Their only desire is to draw illumination of Hochma on the left from above downwards and to spoil the unification of the middle line. And because the evil in Klipat Noga is mixed into the beastly Guf and NRN of a person, during the six thousand years, they cannot be corrected.

Thus, one must die because they are corrected only by extending Hochma from above downwards, which will be at the end of correction. Then, it will be said, “Death has been swallowed up forever.” And until then, it is considered that they have no nourishments, and this is their proper existence.

And while a person obtains the spiritual NRN from HaVaYaH filled with Alephs, the evil in Noga—which is mixed with man’s beastly Guf and NRN—surrenders to the good in Noga in them. At that time, they clothe the spiritual NRN in a person within the beastly NRN and Guf of a person, which then surrender to the good in them, and they are all good, although they do not receive their proper nourishments because they yield and are annulled before the good.

It is written, “And let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth,” which are man’s beastly NRN. “And over all the earth” is the Guf, a small world, since they surrender to the good in Noga, and to the spiritual NRN that are clothed in them. And since he is righteous, attached to the middle line, and extends the illumination of Hochma on the left only from below upwards, the Creator does not give him a reward for Mitzvot, and he has neither reward in this world nor food for his beastly Guf and NRN.

Because the beastly Guf and NRN are nourished only from above downwards, like the evil in Noga that is mingled in them, and because he is righteous, he certainly extends them nothing. And once the righteous has taken upon himself not to nurse the beastly Guf and NRN, and they are regarded as “a poor man is regarded as dead,” then he is rewarded with the permanent instilling of Divinity, where Divinity burns the evil in the Noga in them until they are fit for the end of correction.

The wicked one is not corrected before he experiences three incarnations, as it is written, “God does all these twice, thrice with a man.”

First incarnation, in an uneducated one who was nonetheless rewarded with repentance prior to his death, at which time he is rewarded with mitigation of the Kelim to be worthy of receiving the lights of NRN.

Second incarnation, after he already has the proper Kelim for NRN, he reincarnates and repents during life, and he is rewarded with receiving the lights of VAK, which are NR, whose level is HG.

Third incarnation, when he reincarnates and makes complete repentance, and is rewarded with the ascension of HG to HB, and then he is rewarded with Neshama.

Those last two incarnations can come at once, together, and sometimes one at a time. This is why it is written, “Twice, thrice with a man.” However, this does not mean that one must repent on each incarnation. Instead, one can reincarnate even a hundred times until he is rewarded with the first incarnation, when he can repent prior to his death. All those are regarded as only the first incarnation. And he can also incarnate several times until he receives NR, and all those are considered the second incarnation. And so it is with the third incarnation.

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