Ha'azinu: Chapter 41
The nine characteristics of the beard of Zeir Anpin
Synopsis

Rabbi Shimon reveals that the valuable oil of the thirteen streams of the beard of Atika Kadisha illuminates the beard of Zeir Anpin. He says that the beginning of the beard is supernal Chesed, and that when the world is in need of mercy the holy Mazal appears from Arich Anpin; then all the characteristics of the beard of Zeir Anpin are in a state of mercy. Yet when the world is in need of judgment, judgment appears and God takes vengeance on the enemies of Yisrael. We hear that Moses spoke of the nine characteristics in order to revert them all to mercy.