The Well

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73) “And from there to Beer, that is the well.” What is the difference for which it is written “To Beer [“to the well,” female form] and then “The well”? “To Beer” is Malchut after the water has gathered into the sea and went below, to Malchut’s place. A well refers to Malchut when Isaac—the left line of ZA—fills it, and since the well is still in the work of ZA. This is why she is called “The well,” without a Hey, in male form. Hence, “She is the well” is written as “He is the well,” with a Vav, in male form, as it is written, “And the Levite shall perform the service,” which indicates the left side of ZA.

74) Wherever it is written, “He,” it is pronounced as “she,” as here in the well, indicating both male and female together. And the three letters of “he” [in Hebrew] are a high rule. The Hey is NukvaMalchutVav is male, ZAAleph is Bina, the whole of everything, since ZON come out of it, since Aleph is Bina, the wholeness of everything, from which all the Mochin come out.

Happy are Israel. Even though they are below, they grip to the upper rule of everything, in the three letters HeyVavAleph. This is why it is written, “He made us, and not we.” “And not” is written with an Aleph, indicating “And we are for the Aleph,” which is the whole of the VavHey, which are ZON, and the Aleph is the whole of everything.

75) The spirit in the water is the spirit of holiness, the spirit in Malchut, which is called “the spirit of holiness,” which blows first, as it is written, “Make my garden breathe,” meaning that he raises MAN. Afterwards, “Water will flow,” which are upper, male waters, to fill her, as it is written, “He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.” First he causes His wind to blow, and then the waters will flow. As long as this wind does not blow, the water does not flow.

By that, he is telling us that in everything, we must awaken a matter from below, MAN, with an act or a word, or by showing the similitude of an act, and then comes the awakening of above. This is why here, as long as the wind did not blow, the water—the abundance—does not flow to the wind, Malchut.

76) It is written, “That is the well.” We read it, “She is the well.” What is the difference that first it writes “To Beer” and now “The well”? In the beginning, NukvaMalchut—was alone. This is why it is written, “To Beer,” in female form. And now that it is written “He,” indicating the inclusion of male and female, she is called “The well” in male form. And although it includes the Nukva, too, it is written in male form because where there is a male, even if there are 100 females with him, they are all referred to in male form.

77) It is written, “That is the well” which the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people.” “That” [“he,” in male form] is because this well was not absent from them. And how could they all draw from it? It went out to 13 streams, meaning Malchut divides into 13, in the 12 that she receives from the 12 boundaries in ZA, and each consists of all. The fountain in the well is filled and comes out to all the sides. Then when Israel sang and wished for water, Israel stood over it, over the well, and sang. What did they say? “Spring up, O well,” raise up your water to bring forth water for all, to be watered from you. They also say the praise of that well, “A well which the princes dug.” They were speaking the truth, and so it is.

78) From this we learn that anyone who wishes to evoke things of above—in an act or in a word—if that act or that word is not done properly, nothing is evoked. All the people in the world go to the assembly-house to evoke a matter above, but few are the ones who know how to evoke. The Creator is near to all those who know how to call Him and to evoke a matter properly. But if they do not know how to call upon Him, He is not close, as it is written, “The Lord is near to all those who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” “In truth” means that they know how to properly evoke a true matter. So it is in everything.

79) Here, too, by the well, Israel said these words, which are words of truth, to evoke the well, Malchut, and to water Israel. As long as they did not say these words, the well did not awaken. So it is even in those charmers of the world, who use evil kinds until acts of truth are done to them. If they did not say words of truth, to extend them in those ways that they want, they would not awaken toward them. Even if they would shout all day in other words or other deeds, they would never pull them toward them, and they would never awaken toward them.

80) “And called on the name of Baal.” They were not answered because there was no permission for that Baal to bring down fire from the heaven. And because the matters were not straight between them, the Creator made them forget them, as it is written, “And You have turned their hearts back.” Happy are the righteous who know how to read their Master properly.

81) Anyone who knows how to properly set up an act, and properly set up words, it is certain that they awaken the Creator to extend high and upright matters. If not, he does not reconcile with them. Hence, the whole world knows how to arrange the act and set up the words. What is the importance of the righteous, who know the root of work and action, who know how to aim the heart and will more than those other ones who do not know so much?

82) Those who do not know the root of the act so much, but only an arrangement and not more, pull toward them a pull behind the Creator’s shoulders, meaning that their prayer does not fly in the air, which is called “Providence.” That is, it is Providence of the face, and they are only worthy of the “behind the shoulders.”

83) Those who know and aim the heart and will find blessings from the place of thought, Hochma, and come out in all the trunks and roots of the degrees properly, as it should be, until the upper ones and lower ones are blessed, the holy upper name is blessed by them. Happy are they because the Creator is near them and is before them. When they call Him, He is ready for them. And when they are in trouble, He is with them. He respects them in this world and in the next world, as it is written, “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.”

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