279. The phrase: "And of the side, which Hashem Elohim had taken from man He made (built) a woman" (Beresheet 2:22) hints at the secret of levirate marriage. It is said of the deceased husband's brother that once he did not build, he shall never build again, as it is written: "That will not build up his brother's house" (Devarim 25:9). However, in reference to the Holy One, blessed be He, it is written: "Hashem Elohim...built." EVEN THOUGH HE DID NOT BUILD THE SHECHINAH WHILE IN EXILE, HE IS STILL ABLE TO REDEEM HER, BECAUSE HASHEM ELOHIM - NAMELY ABA AND IMA - BUILT HER FOR HIM. SINCE HE DID NOT BUILD HER, THE WORDS: 'ONCE HE DID NOT BUILD, HE SHALL NEVER BUILD AGAIN' DO NOT APPLY TO HIM. Thus, it is written: "Hashem builds Jerusalem" (Tehilim 147:2). "JERUSALEM," BEING THE SHECHINAH, IS BUILT USING THE FOUR LETTERS OF YUD HEI VAV HEI. The letter Vav, WHICH ALLUDES TO ZEIR ANPIN, is the son of Yud-Hei OF YUD HEI VAV HEI, WHICH ALLUDES TO Aba and Ima. About them, it is written: "And of the side, which Hashem Elohim had taken from man," from the Central Column which he had taken from the LOWER Hei OF YUD HEI VAV HEI, which is his maiden, WHO IS MALCHUT OF ZEIR ANPIN HIMSELF, NOT MALCHUT OF MALCHUT.
416. The Holy One, blessed be He, sawed him through, MEANING THAT HE SEPARATED THE FEMALE FROM THE MALE, and prepared her, just like a bride is prepared. Then He brought her to him, as it is written: "And He took one of his sides, and closed up the flesh in its place" (Beresheet 2:21). "And He took one" MEANS precisely one. ADAM HAD TWO SIDES AND HE TOOK ONLY ONE OF THEM. HE CONTINUES: I have learned from the books of the ancient sages THAT THE SIDE THAT WAS NOT TAKEN symbolized Lilit, who was with him and who conceived from him, AS SHE WAS THE FIRST WIFE OF ADAM AND WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM.