Acharei Mot: Chapter 55

"The nakedness of your father's wife shall you not uncover"


Rabbi Shimon says that there is concealed knowledge in the words of the title verse. He says that "your father's wife" is the wife of Zeir Anpin who is in exile with Yisrael and who is far from Him. When she is called "your mother" she is with the King, and the command is to be careful not to separate them through sinning. Even when she is in exile a man must be careful not to alienate her so that she will not cease to stand guard over him.