The Fourth Banner

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124) The fourth banner is the banner of the camp of Ephraim. From among the discernments of animals, he is considered the face of a man, and of the four angels, he is Raphael. He travels in the west, and all these are discernments of Malchut. Also, he carries healing with him because from the side of man, the upper Din is included in him and he is healed. He grips the horns of the ox when he wishes to bring them to the great abyss, and ties them so they will not burn the world. Afterwards, there is “A still small voice.” Here it is clandestine, so no utterance is heard at all.

The fourth banner is Malchut, and it is called “man.” Of the four angels, who are the chariot of the Malchut, he is the angel Raphael. Also, he is the Western wind. It is known that when the left line dominates, before it unites with the right, it burns the world with its Dinim and wishes to revoke the right. It can only unite with the right once it receives the property of Malchut to shine only from below upwards, as is the property of Malchut. And then it unties with the right and is healed from its Dinim.

It was written that on the side of man, on the left line, when Malchut, called “man,” extends from his side, the upper Din is included in him, meaning harsh Dinim of the left, without right, and he is healed, by receiving the quality of Malchut, to shine only from below upwards.

This is the meaning of Malchut’s gripping to the horns of the ox, that when this quality is in the left line, the GAR will shine only from below upwards, and they are called “the horns of the ox.” This is why it is considered that the Malchut grips the ox, left line, by his horns only after the act of the middle line, which diminished the left line in Masach de Hirik and weakened. And then he agrees to receive Malchut’s quality of shining only from below upwards.

After the Masach de Hirik dominates him, diminishing him to VAK without a Rosh, it is considered that he wished to descend to the great abyss, the place of the quality of diminution of VAK without a Rosh. And once he reaches that, he receives the healing of the Malchut that his GAR will shine only from below upwards. She ties those horns so they will shine only from below upwards, and then he is healed from his Dinim, which were going to burn the world. And after that, there is “A still small voice.” This illumination from below upwards is considered a still small voice, for if the illumination is from below upwards and does not extend downwards whatsoever, it is considered clandestine and a voice of an utterance is not heard below at all.

125) On this side, of Malchut, the Hassadim are on the right line and the illumination of Hochma on the left line that shines upon it from below upwards rises. The sun, ZA, is gathered to shine to this place, Malchut, and this is why it is written, “When you blow an alarm” on the south side, meaning right line illuminated by the middle line.

But here in Malchut there are neither blowing nor alarming. Why is an alarm blown? It is the power of the Masach in the middle line, which subdues the north side, left line, to unite with the right and shine only from below upwards. For this reason, the north side is behind all the camps, as it is written, “Formed the rear guard for all the camps,” since it is corrected by the Malchut. Hence, the banner of the camp of Ephraim, which is the Malchut, first travels to the left line, which is the camp of Dan, and the camp of Dan travels last.

126) There are two trumpets—from the east, which is middle line, and from the south, the right line. They are ready to break the Dinim and subdue them with an alarm. This is why they are made of silver, which is Hesed. And for this reason, “In the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts… you shall blow the trumpets,” unexplained, which is both above and below in this world. Happy are Israel because the Creator has preferred them and gave them a higher share than the rest of the nations. And the Creator is praised by them, by the praises that they praise Him.

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