The Second Banner

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112) The second banner, the banner of the camp of Reuben is called an armed camp, and contains army veterans from twenty years of age onwards. It is considered an eagle and is dominated by the angel Uriel, the middle line. The banner travels to the south, which is right line and Hesed. There are two appointees with Uriel—Shamshiel and Hasdiel. This eagle rises and all the fowls are before him. Several camps rise from all sides, each by the force of the sun.

Judah and Reuben include two discernments, middle line and right line. But the difference is that Judah is essentially middle line, Tifferet, hence he travels to the east. However, his illumination is considered right line, Hesed. And the angel Michael is Hesed because his is the beginning of the decision of the sun, which established Hesed over everything.

Reuben is essentially right line, hence he travels to the south, which is right, and Hesed. However, with respect to his illumination, it is considered illumination of the middle line, with respect to the strength of the sun, which allows disclosure of the left line, too.

The second banner is a camp from the discernment of eagle. The face of the eagle is the middle line, in terms of its illumination, and the angel is Uriel, the middle line and Tifferet. However, the discernment of Reuben is essentially right line, Hesed, which is why he is on the south and travels in the south, which is Hesed and right line. And as there are two tribes with Reuben—Simeon and Gad—there are two appointed angels on the banner of Uriel above—Shamshiel and Hasdiel. This is so because they are considered the twelve tribes, where each consists of four banners, which contain three, thus twelve. And all the armies in the discernment of eagle are called fowls.

However, they comprise all four sides, which are the three lines and the Malchut that receives them. It has already been explained that this is why the illumination of this banner is considered middle line, since the unification of the middle line is considered the force of the sun, where each of the four sides came out by the force of the second unification of the middle line, called “the force of the sun.” This is why there is disclosure of illumination of the left in it, too.

113) The spirit of the inner spirit comes out, and that spirit comes to the eagle, who raises his wings and covers the body, as it is written, “The hawk soars,” will spread his wings to Yemen. This eagle quarreled with the dove and with the hawk, and all the fowls tweet and rejoice. One, from the side of the face, rises from below upwards and several birds come down and enter, tweet and rejoice, walk and roam.

The left does not wish to unite with the right before the middle line diminishes its GAR through the Masach de Hirik. This force if called Ruach [spirit/wind], and it diminishes the GAR from the left. As a result, the GAR of the middle line is diminished, too. And that Ruach that diminishes the left line reaches the eagle itself, too, which is the middle line, and its GAR, too, is diminished. This is considered raising its wings and covering the lights of its body.

When he says Ruach, it is Ruach of the inner side, since there are two forces that diminish the left line, and they are called Man’ula [lock] and Miftacha [key]. He meticulously states that he is referring to the inner Ruach, the Miftacha, and not the outer one, the Man’ula that he is not dealing with here. The left line is called Netz [hawk], as in, “And if men Yinatzu [strive] together,” since it strives with the right and is disputed with it. By diminishing the Masach de Hirik in the middle line, it spreads its wings, which covers its lights so as to be included in the south, which is the right line.

Hawk is left line, and dove is the Malchut that receives from the left. Hence, the eagle, the middle line, strives with them and diminishes their GAR by the force of the Masach de Hirik. They cannot tolerate the domination of the hawk, which is left line, which freezes all the lights. Hence, they are glad to see how the eagle rises against him, diminishes him from GAR, and repels its domination.

He interprets this matter further. One rises and falls from the face, where the middle line is considered face because the right line is on the right, the left line is on the left, the middle line is in the fore, and the Malchut is in the back.

And rises from below upwards, deciding between the two lines—right and left—above it. And then all the lights that were frozen by the domination of the left melt and acquire the strength to shine above and below. This is why he said that the birds, which are the lights, came out from the freeze and can walk and fly as they wish. This is why they tweet and rejoice.

114) When the eagle travels, it stretches out its right wing and gathers all its armies, which are 350,000 fowls, in two bodies—an eagle and a lion—together. It makes a sound and all the others rise and fall and tweet from their side from several degrees.

There are two discernments on the camp of the banner of Reuben. Its own essence is right, lion, and south. With respect to its illumination, it is the middle line, eagle, east. And when the banner of the camp of Reuben—which is eagle, in terms of its illumination—travels, it reaches out the right in it and travels on the south, the right, since the right is really its essence.

At that time, it gathers all its armies, 350,000 fowls, in two bodies—an eagle and a lion—as one. All its armies are in two discernments, which are essentially lion and right, and are eagle and middle line with respect to their illumination. For this reason, they are regarded as being two bodies together. And the meaning of the number 350,000 is that the three lines are Shin [], and Malchut is considered as merely half a Partzuf, which is why she is fifty. Also, the illumination of Hochma in them is called “a thousand,” hence they are Shin [300 in GematriaNun [50 in Gematria] thousands.

And although in terms of traveling, they do not travel with the eagle, but the two discernments, lion and eagle, with respect to the decision in it, it still works in all four of its Behinot when it decides between the lines, which is called “making a sound.” This is so because the middle line is called “sound,” and what rises to decide between the lines is considered raising of the sound. And then all the others rise and fall and tweet from their side, from several degrees, when all the others discernments are inspired and receive from the illumination of the eagle from several discernments in them, each receiving according to its degree, including those that extend from the ox and from man.

115) There are three heads together in these camps, since there are three tribes in the camp of Reuben. And all are counted in a special way. This is the count of the heads:

The first head is 46,500. This is the number of the tribe of Reuben.

The second head is 59,300. This is the number of the tribe of Simeon.

The third head is 45,650. This is the number of the tribe of Gad.

116) From these two sides—eagle and lion—two announcers emerge and walk ahead of all the camps. When these two trumpets call, all the armies and camps, small and big animals, all gather. Who saw the traveling of all the firmaments, that all travel in the journey of camps before that tabernacle, which is the Malchut?

117) When one of them, the one that comes from the side of the lion, raises a voice, meaning blows the announcing trumpet, it is a simple voice, so all these voices that he sounds will not shake, but simple voice without shaking. Then all the camps gather.

When the other one calls, when he blows the horns dominated by that one who comes from the side of the eagle, the voice is broken and is not a simple trumpeting sound. And then all those camps of this eagle gather to travel their journeys.

Opposite those two—lion and eagle—are two silver trumpets. As it is above, so is everything below. When these travel, it is written, “Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them,” meaning those armies that gather to the appointees are called Ofanim [wheels]. And as the head, which is the appointee, observes, so observe the armies below them.

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