Idra Raba: Chapter 2

"And these are the kings"


Rabbi Shimon begins by saying that the friends are blessed and that to them are revealed the inner secrets of the Torah that have not even been revealed to the angels. The topic at hand here is the mention of the kings of Edom that reigned before the children of Yisrael came along and had any king. The secret of this alludes to the supernal worlds and the time before His Corrections (formations) (formations) were maintained; all those kings of Edom died. Rabbi Shimon ends by talking about the creation of the Torah.