The Showbread, which Is Twelve Faces

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756) Those who are called “sons,” who aim, establish wine and bread of the upper king, ZA. It is written about them, “My bread which is presented unto Me for offerings made by fire,” since only those who are called “fires of the Creator” can offer to Him. This is why it is written, “My bread which is presented unto Me for offerings made by fire,” of which it is written, “Go, eat of My bread.”

They are called “showbread” [Lechem Panim (lit. bread of the face)], which is twelve faces implied in three HaVaYot, as it is written, “The Lord will bless you,” “The Lord will shine,” “The Lord will lift,” in which there are twelve letters corresponding to the twelve faces of three animals.

The four animals are the face of a lion, ox, eagle, and man. When they are included in one another the four animals do not contain every animal, but only three animals—lion, ox, and eagle—which are twelve faces. But the face of a man is missing in each of the four animals, even in the face of a man himself there are only lion, ox, and eagle, with his own—the face of a man—being absent, since the actual face of a man, Malchut herself, the lock, is missing in them. They only have the Malchut of the key, which is mitigated in BinaAteret Yesod de ZA, and not the actual Malchut. Hence, she is an eagle, ZA, with the actual face of a man, Malchut herself, being absent there.

757) The bread of the twelve faces is the bread of man, HaVaYaH filled with letters AlephYodVavDalet HeyAleph VavAlephVav HeyAleph, which is MA [MemHey] in Gematria [45], as the count of Adam [man]. Also, they are twelve, in three HaVaYot, three lines, and in each line there is one HaVaYaH, twelve letters, and he has bread in four faces, four letters HaVaYaH, which includes twelve faces.

That bread of the king’s table is clean semolina, where there is nothing of the chaff or straw, which are judgments. The bread is twelve faces of ZA, and he is set on the table, Malchut, called “the king’s table.”

758) His furnace, where he bakes the bread, is the Shechina, where the bread is cooked and completed. For this reason, you begin to cut the bread only from the place where its cooking is completed, similar to the completeness of the fruit, at the end of its ripeness. This is ADNIMalchut, which is the completion and wholeness of HaVaYaHZA, the showbread [bread of the face], the twelve faces in ZA.

ADNI is the furnace of ZA, which complements it. It is called Kivshan [furnace] because she is Kevusha [conquered] under her husband. It is written about her, “And Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace.” This is not referring to a furnace of fire of an uneducated one, but to a furnace of fire in which He conquers His mercy for His people when they pray and plead pleadings. It is said about it, “So will Your mercy conquer Your anger.” It is said in it that the secrets of the Creator, the wonders of creation, why do you need them?

759) The bread of Torah contains clean semolina, which the king gives to those of whom it was said, “All of Israel are sons of kings,” those who are called “sons,” and it is the food of the righteous. And there is the bread of Torah, which is waste that is given to the servants and maidservants of the king’s house, who serve the horses and horsemen of the king’s house. Because of it, it is written about the queen, “She rises while it is still night and gives prey to her household, and a portion to her maidens,” who are the sages of the Mishnah.

This is why it is written concerning the king’s food, “And a tenth of the ephah semolina,” semolina indeed. And the tenth of the ephah is Yod from ADNI, which is the tenth. This semolina is the king’s food.

760) Moses said, “Arise, Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Elazar, Rabbi Aba, Rabbi Yehuda, Rabbi Yosi, Rabbi Hiya, Rabbi Yudai, to establish a gift to the king, the Creator, and to offer all the organs, Israel as offerings to the Creator. Those who are called “the souls of Israel” are offered to the organs of the holy Shechina, the Sefirot of Malchut, which is called “fire of the high one.”

That fire grips trees, which are called “trees of the offering,” which are the tree of life, ZA, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Malchut. The trees of holiness are called “sages of the Torah,” to which the Torah clings, as it is written about her, “‘Is not My word like fire?’ declares the Lord.”

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