Acharei Mot: Chapter 23

"As cold water to a thirsty soul"


As the rabbis are praying in a field, a fiery cloud descends and surrounds them. Rabbi Shimon tells them that Solomon gave three books to the world, Shir Hashirim, Kohelet and Mishlei, and that these correspond to Chochmah, Binah and Da'at. He says every verse speaks about two subjects, the Left and Right Columns, and thus they equate to the Central Column. Rabbi Shimon then examines the verse "A cold water to a thirsty soul" and "good news from a far country."