You Shall Present an Offering by Fire

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796) It is written, “And you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.” A burnt offering is for fires, as it is burnt entirely in the fire. This is why he attached “burnt offering” to “fire.” It is also explained that a burnt offering comes only for contemplation in the heart.

797) All the offerings come only to atone. Each and every offering atones for each and every organ of a person, according to the sin he has committed with that organ. For the drops of the brain, the sin of futile ejaculation, he brings Matza cakes, for it is not leavened. This is so if he threw the first drops before they turn sour in a place that is not theirs, without a forbidden female, in whom the drops turn sour. About those who have turned sour, which he threw in a place where he should not have done so, in a female who is forbidden for him, where the drops turn sour, he should bring for them leavened bread. The breads of gratitude were so: some of them leaven, some of them Matza.

798) Bulls are from the side of judgment. Likewise, sheep and bucks, as well as he-sheep and goats, are all from the side of judgment because they are the face of an ox, as it is written, “And a face of an ox from the left,” judgment. Their slaughtering is in the north, and the receptacle of their blood is in the north. Slaughtering, reception, and tossing are all in the north, on the left side, to perfume and mitigate the quality of judgment, which comes to the courthouse from the side of Gevura. The great courthouse from the side of Gevura is Bina. The small courthouse is from the side of Malchut. And all those who shed blood for a commandment are from the side of Gevura.

799) “The Sabbath burnt offering in its own Sabbath,” and not on another Sabbath, since its day has passed, its offering is revoked and cannot be complemented on another Sabbath. The offering precedes the Sabbath, and he lights fire on Sabbath because it is holy fire. The whole of the fire of the offering is holy, and the Sabbath is holy, and they grip one another.

800) It is forbidden to unite the fire of weekdays with holiness on Sabbath. This is why He commanded Israel, “You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day,” for it is a mixture of good and bad, since on Sabbath the tree of life rules, in which there is no mixture of good and bad, and it is forbidden to mix weekdays of purity with fire of sanctity. It is even more so with weekdays of impurity: they must not be mingled with holiness. Likewise, all the offerings are called “flesh of holiness,” and all the offerings of every kind have weekdays of purity, and they have holiness, and the Holy of Holies.

801) There is a difference between holy and holy. The fires of the offerings are not all equal, since the fire of a higher one is holier than the fire of the holiness of below, called “fire of the trees of holiness,” or “fire of the flesh of holiness.” There is a difference between the fire of holiness and the fire of an uneducated one, which is presented on the altar, even though it was explained about it that it is a commandment to bring fire from the uneducated, although there is holy fire on the altar, for everyone needs his place.

802) Israel are regarded as such, for Israel as a whole are regarded as kings. But when they entered the Temple, everyone was in his rightful place: the priests by themselves, the Levites by themselves, and Israel by themselves. It is the same here: not all offerings are equal, since the Creator dispenses to each one as is appropriate for him. This matter is known in the bulls of the festival that Israel would offer before the Lord, that he would dispense for the keeping of the seventy nations.

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