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453) Shema Ysrael, H’ Elokeinu, H’ Ehad [Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One]. There is a big Ayin in Shema [hear], and the Dalet of Ehad [one] is also big. It is a sign of a witness, as it is written, “The witness of the Lord is in you.” The letters Shin–Mem from the word Shema remain. The Mem is open. The difference between an open Mem  and a blocked Mem  is that the blocked Mem is the upper king, Bina. The open Mem implies the lower king, Malchut. Shin–Mem of Shema implies Malchut, and the other letters from the word Ehad remain Aleph–Het, as it is written, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.”
There are two states in Malchut:
- When she is as big as ZA, she clothes the left line of Bina, and then she is a blocked Mem, like Bina, whose lights have been blocked. In that state ZA and Malchut are called “brother and sister,” for then both are Bina’s children, since ZA dresses the right line de Bina, and Malchut is the left line of Bina.
- Once she has been diminished to from-the-Chazeh-de–ZA-and-below, descending below the degree of ZA and becoming the wife of ZA, receiving from ZA. However, her lights have been opened and she illuminates to the lower ones in the full wholeness. At that time she is called an “open Mem,” as she has been opened from her blockage.
In two words—Shema, Ehad—there are three combinations, Shin–Mem, Ayin–Dalet, Aleph–Het. Shin–Mem is the Malchut, called “name.” Ayin–Dalet [pronounced as Ed (witness)] is ZA, as it is written, “The witness of the Lord.” Aleph–Het [pronounced as Ach (brother)], ZA, as it is written, “Open to me, my sister.”
The difference between witness and brother is that a witness is when ZA gives to Malchut disclosed Mochin from the upper Eden. A brother is when ZA is in Achoraim with Malchut, in the first state, at which time ZA and Malchut are regarded as brother and sister. This is why a big Ayin  is written in Shema, and the Dalet  of Ehad is also big. It indicates disclosed Mochin de ZA, at which time ZA is called “The witness of the Lord,” as it is written, “The witness of the Lord is in you.”
The letters Shin–Mem from the word Shema remain. The open Mem indicates Malchut in the second state, whose lights have already been opened, since she receives the great Mochin de ZA, called “witness,” in a manner that the two combinations, Shin–Mem Ayin–Dalet, indicate Zivug of ZA and Malchut in the second state, when Malchut is an open Mem.
The difference between an open Mem, Malchut that is not blocked, and a blocked Mem, is that the blocked Mem is the upper king, Bina. Malchut is called “blocked Mem” when she dresses Bina in the first state. An open Mem implies the lower king, Malchut. When Malchut is herself, under ZA, she is called an “open Mem.” And because here she receives from the abundance of ZA as a witness, she is certainly an open Mem.
The combination, Aleph–Het indicates the degree of ZA in the first state of Malchut, which now, in the second state, remain inactive. The other letters from the word Ehad remain Aleph-Het. That is, they remain inactive because now Malchut has already been diminished and has been concealed from being the sister of ZA, as it is written, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.”
Although in the first state, ZA and Malchut were the two great lights, brother and sister, it was still not to Malchut’s glory, since her lights were blocked. But now, in the second state, although she has been diminished and concealed from her great degree, because of it her lights in the Zivug of Shin-Mem Ayin-Dalet have been opened, and she imparts upon all the worlds, and this is the glory of God. All of it came out because of the concealment of a matter.
454) One who unites that unification each day, joy from above is geared up for him from the letters Shin-Mem in Shema, from the beginning of the verse, and from the letters Aleph-Het in Ehad, from the end of the verse. He connects the letters and begins to connect in reverse order: the Aleph from Aleph-Het at the end of the verse before the Shin of Shin-Mem at the beginning of the verse. He completes in order: first the Mem in Shema, and then the Het in Ehad. The sign, Aleph-Shin-Mem-Het, connects the combination Esmach [I will delight], as it is written, “I will delight in the Lord.”
This is in the holy unification, implied in the letters Ed [Ayin-Dalet], since in Shema Ehad there is the combination Esmach Ed. One who unites this unification each day, joy is geared up for him from above.
455) One should intend in the word, Shema, in which there are Shin-Mem, included with a big Ayin. They are the Ayin (70) names of the holy patriarchs, Ayin-Bet (72) names in HGT, called “patriarchs,” which are essentially seventy names, seventy Sanhedrin, and two witnesses. This is Shema, Shem [name] Ayin. A “Name” means Malchut, comprising seventy names.
“Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord,” are four boxes in the Tefillin, four Mochin: Hochma, Bina, the right of Daat, and the left of Daat. The Aleph-Het in Ehad grips them, which said, “Open for me my sister, my wife,” and he is ZA. The Dalet in Ehad is the knot of the head Tefillin, in the shape of a Dalet, to which Malchut grips.
The secret was given to sages so as to not disclose it. Rabbi Shimon was silent. He wept and laughed. He said, “I will say the secret, because the upper will is certainly present, for there is none such as this generation until the arrival of the Messiah king, and they will have permission to disclose it.”
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