The Intention in the Blessing

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1) “And you shall eat and be satisfied, and bless the Lord your God.” This Mitzva [commandment] is to bless the Creator for all that he has eaten and drank, and enjoyed in this world. If he does not bless, he is called “a thief from the Creator.” The verse, “He who robs his father or his mother” relates to the Creator. It is so because the blessings that a person blesses the Creator come to extend life from the source of life, Bina, to the holy name of the Creator, and to bestow upon him from that upper oil, the abundance of Hochma. From there it comes to be extended throughout the world.

2) It is written, “And you shall eat and be satisfied, and bless the Lord your God.” By these blessings, through these words, a person imparts abundance from that upper source, Bina, and all the degrees and sources of ZA and Malchut are blessed and filled with abundance, to give to the whole world, and all are blessed together.

3) Hence, one should place one’s will in the blessings, so that the fathers, HGT de ZA, and the sons, NHY de ZA, will all be blessed together. One who blesses the Creator is blessed and takes his share of these blessings, initially for the whole world below. Because the name of the Creator is blessed from there, the first part of these blessings descends and stays over the head of the one who blesses, as it is written, “In every place where I cause My name to be mentioned, I will come to you and bless you.” And after that blessing comes and stays over the head of the one who blesses, it spreads from there to the entire world.

4) When these blessings come down, they crown inside the field of holy apples, Malchut. In them, they meet several degrees of appointees over the world and come down with them. They say and declare, “This is the gift that so and so sent to the Creator.” From which place do the blessings come down? From the head of a righteous one, Yesod de ZA, to which the blessings rise first, awakening other blessings to come down from above, and he is filled from the ones that come down from above and from the ones that rise from below, as it is written, “Blessings are on the head of the righteous.” When that degree is filled, it imparts upon the bride, Malchut, and from there they flow and extend below.

5) When these blessings rise from below, there is not a single door or a single appointee above who does not open all those doors. It is declared and stated in all those firmaments, “This is the gift that so and so has sent to the King.” It is a full gift, as it should be. And what is a full blessing? It is a blessing that was replied to with “Amen,” for any blessings on which it was said, “Amen” is a full blessing as it should be.

6) And when this blessing rises, all the degrees above are summoned to that light that does not shine to Malchut, to illuminate in her. It is all the more so if it is a blessing that many have blessed, and crown it with holy crowns through the reply, “Amen.” Amen is the ties in every unification and Kedusha [holiness] in one’s Master, crowning a blessing with superior crowns as it should be.

7) The Creator desires those who bless Him and His desire is for the blessing below because that blessing rises and shines for the candle that does not shine, the Malchut, strengthening her with a great force to rise up to ZA for a Zivug. It is written about it, “I will honor those who honor Me,” referring to those who honor the Creator. “Those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed” are those who do not bless the Creator and deny the blessing from their mouths.

8) The secret of secrets for those who know the wisdom of their Master—to know the secret of the blessings on the Mitzvot [commandments] of the Torah and on all the pleasures and delights of this world—is to impart blessings from above to below.

9) Except for the blessings of the prayer, which are the correction of their master, they rise from below upwards and from above downwards. When the blessings are not of prayer, they rise from below upwards until they reach inside the light that does not shine, Malchut, forcefully evoking that light which does not shine with that blessing. Then the awakening rises until it reaches the upper throne, Bina, the source of all of life, from which all the lights come.

At that time, other blessings come out of that upper source, meet each other and kiss one another. They come and stay over the head of the righteous, Yesod de ZA, to bestow below, and when they come down, the fathers, HGT de ZA, and the sons, NHY de ZA, are blessed along with all their candles—the Sefirot of Malchut.

10) The blessings are to evoke blessings from above downward. “Blessed” is the highest source, upper AVI, who are called Hochma. One must aim to bestow and to extend all the candles from there, the lower degrees. It is always blessed because its waters never stop, as they are in a never ending Zivug and their abundance toward the lower ones never ceases.

From there it receives the beginning, called “the next world,” Bina, and it is called “the tip of heaven.” That upper tip of ZA is called “heaven” because there is a similar tip below, which is the lower world, Malchut, who is also called “blessed,” corresponding to the lower ones, to give the blessings below and to awaken from below upward by the blessings of the prayer. Here, in the rest of the blessings, it is called “blessed,” upper Hochma, upper AVI, which fills the place, Bina, who is called “the next world” for one fine one, Yesod of Hochma that it instills in it.

11) The word “You” in the blessing begins to appear later because “blessed” is hidden, meaning HB that are unattained to the lower ones. For this reason, it is called “blessed” in a hidden way, as it is a superior source that is unrevealed. But the word “You” is the beginning of the manifestation outwards. This is why it is called “You,” in second person, revealed. This is the right, Hesed de ZA, and it is called “a priest” of that place, Bina, as it is written, “You are a priest forever.” That is, who is the priest for that world, Bina? It is you, the upper right, Hesed de ZA, for it is revealed.

12) The word HaVaYaH [“the Lord”] in the blessings is the middle line in ZA, faith on all sides. The word “Our God” in the blessings is the left side of ZA, incorporated in his right, and his right is incorporated in him. They are incorporated in one another to become one. The blessings are tied in ZA up to HGT de ZA, and since these HGT de ZA have been blessed, all who are below are blessed.

13) Once HGT de ZA are blessed and take blessings for themselves, they all return included as one to the source, Bina, since they cannot return to that place before they have been blessed. Once they have been blessed as before, they reenter Bina to take more of other blessings to give below. But before they are blessed, they do not enter and do not return to Bina, as it is written, “And none shall appear before Me empty-handed.”

14) When they return to Bina and enter there, that place is called “a king,” the word “king” in the blessing, since Bina is called “a king” only when these HGT de ZA approach him and are blessed. The king is called “a king” when his ministers come to him when they are rich and have all that they need without any deficiency. Then he is a king.

A king below is Malchut, when the Sefirot de ZA crown her sufficiently with holy crowns. Here, in the blessing that is called “a king,” who is the king? It is the world that sanctified us and commanded us, Bina. And because it is a world that is not revealed to the outside, and it is blocked, he is called so in a hidden way, a hidden tongue, “sanctified us and commanded us,” and not in second person, “sanctified us and commanded us” [spelled differently in Hebrew]. Hence, he is called in only a hidden manner.

15) The world, which is right, Hesed, is called “You.” Hence, a priest bows his head to that place, “You,” in each and every blessing of the Eighteen Prayer when he bows at the beginning of the blessing and at the end of the blessing. When the lower world, Malchut, is tied to the right, Hesed, and clings to it, it is called “blessed” from below upwards. Yet, it is not called “blessed” except in the source to which it clung, Hesed, into which he entered, and which he filled when Malchut is called “blessed.” “You” in the blessing is a priest, Hesed, to cling to Him. This is why a person kneels in the blessing, Malchut, because he is a world that is bowed down above. This is the difference between “Blessed” in the prayer and “Blessed” in other blessings. “Blessed” in other blessings is in HB, and blessed in the prayer is in Malchut, and all is to bestow blessings for all the worlds.

16) In the word “Blessed” in the Eighteen Prayer, a person kneels and bows his head in the “You” because the “You” is called “head.” Hence, he takes part in the head and he is always a head, hence the kneeling in “Blessed” and the bowing of the head in “You.” The priest, wherever he reads “You,” bows during the prayer. And once the king bows his head in the beginning of the Eighteen Prayer, he does not straighten it until he concludes the prayer, since the Creator said to the moon, “Go and diminish yourself,” and the moon, Malchut, has not yet straightened from that diminution. The king is regarded as Malchut, hence he bows his head and does not straighten. For this reason, the blessing that a person blesses the Creator awakens to bestow upon the Creator blessings from above to all the worlds. Happy are Israel in this world and in the next world.

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