146. Come and behold, all that the grades of defilement crave is to damage the holy grades. They all lurk in wait to damage the holy Jacob. First a serpent bit him, as it is written, "he touched the hollow of his thigh," WHICH REFERS TO THE MINISTER OF ESAU WHO RIDES A SERPENT. Then a donkey bit him, THAT IS, SHCHEM THE SON OF CHAMOR (LIT. 'DONKEY), THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE KLIPAH.
147. When THE SERPENT BIT HIM, he himself stood against him. When THAT DONKEY BIT HIM, Simeon and Levi, who come from the side of strict Judgment, fought the donkey, charging on all sides until he surrendered before them, as it is written, "And they slew Chamor and Shchem his son with the edge of the sword" (Beresheet 34:26). Simeon, whose astrological sign was Taurus (ox), GVURAH, AND THE LEFT SIDE OF HOLINESS, attacked Chamor, THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE KLIPAH, and was hostile towards him to prevent THE OX AND DONKEY OF THE KLIPAH from joining. Simeon is his adversary, AND NOT JACOB.
150. Come and behold, on the first occasion, when Simeon came TO FIGHT with Chamor, he brought blood upon them, the blood of circumcision. Then they "slew all the males" (Beresheet 34:25). The Holy One, blessed be He, did the same by the Levite, Moses, to the donkeys, the Egyptians. First He brought upon them THE PLAGUE OF blood, and then, "Hashem slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt" (Shemot 13:15). Regarding Chamor, THE FATHER OF SHCHEM, it is written, "and all their wealth, and all their little ones" (Beresheet 34:29), and their animals, AS IT IS WRITTEN, "THEIR SHEEP, AND THEIR OXEN, AND THEIR DONKEYS, AND THAT WHICH WAS IN THE CITY AND THAT WHICH WAS IN THE FIELD." Regarding the other donkeys, THE EGYPTIANS, it is written, "Jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and garments" (Shemot 12:35), WHICH CORRESPONDS TO THE WEALTH HERE. It is also written, "And a mixed multitude went up also with them" (Ibid. 38), WHICH CORRESPONDS TO THE "LITTLE ONES" MENTIONED, the "flocks and herds" (Ibid.) THAT CORRESPOND TO, "THEIR SHEEP AND THEIR OXEN."
151. Simeon rose against Chamor ('ass'), THE FATHER OF SHCHEM, WHO WAS NOT JOINED WITH AN OX. Levi rose against all the donkeys, EVEN THOSE JOINED WITH AN OX, LIKE THE EGYPTIANS. They all came to join Jacob and prepared to bite him, but he withstood and subdued them through his sons.