Righteous and Saved

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230) All the peoples are superior, and Israel are below them all, since the king has sent the queen away from him and let in a handmaid in her stead, as it is written, “Under three things the earth quakes … Under a slave when he becomes king … Under an unloved woman when she marries, and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.” The handmaid is the foreign Malchut, of the Sitra Achra, whose firstborn the Creator killed in Egypt, as it is written, “even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill.” First, she sat behind the mill, and now that handmaid inherits her mistress. Instead of bestowing upon the holy Malchut, this maidservant of the Sitra Achra takes all the abundance and gives to the peoples from her side.

231) A king without a queen is not regarded as a king. A king who clings to a handmaid, the maidservant of the queen, where is his honor? A voice will tell the queen saying, “Rejoice indeed, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and saved.” That is, the righteous, Yesod, is the one who was saved because until now he was riding in a place that is not his, a foreign place, which is the handmaid, and he nursed it. But now the queen has retuned to him.

232) It is written about it, “Poor, and mounted on a donkey.” He was poor initially, and he is mounted on a donkey, which is the lower Ketarim of the idol-worshipping nations whose firstborn the Creator killed in Egypt, and who are called Hamor [donkey], as it is written, “and all the firstborn of a beast.”

He is righteous and saved because until now the righteous, Yesod, was without Tzedek [justice/righteousness], Malchut. But now that Tzadik [righteous] and Tzedek have mated together, he is righteous and saved because he is no longer dwelling in the Sitra Achra. It is written, “The righteous perishes and no one notices.” It should have written, “The righteous is lost.” But the queen is lost and the righteous clung to a different place called a “handmaid.”

233) It is written, “And a righteous is the foundation [Yesod] of the world.” There are those who say, “The world stands on seven pillars,” and there are those who say it is on one pillar, Yesod, of which it is written, “And a righteous is the foundation of the world.” It is all the same thing. The seven pillars are seven Sefirot HGT NHYM, in which there is one pillar called “righteous,” Yesod. The seven stand on it and the world exists by it. When the world exists by it, it is as though it exists on all seven because Yesod contains within it all seven Sefirot HGT NHYM. This is why it is written, “A righteous is the foundation of the world.”

234) That handmaid is destined to rule the holy land below, as the queen initially ruled, as it is written, “Righteousness [Tzedek] lodged in it,” meaning Malchut, who is called Tzedek, and now “And a handmaid that is heir to her mistress” in everything, above and below. The Creator will return the queen to her place as before, and then will be the joy of the king and the joy of the queen. The joy of the king because He has returned her and he has parted from the handmaid, and the joy of the queen because she has reunited with the king.

235) It is written, “And this shall be unto you an everlasting statute to atone for the children of Israel.” “This” is Malchut. In all the places, she is called “An everlasting statute,” which means the king’s decree, for he has put all his statutes into Malchut and blocked them, like one who blocks everything in one treasury. And this is certainly an everlasting statute. In “this,” in Malchut, he inscribed and engraved all his treasures and all his secrets.

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