Idra Raba: Chapter 32

The nine Corrections (formations) of the beard of Zeir Anpin


Rabbi Shimon says that the beard is not mentioned in scripture because the most precious and concealed of all things are not revealed. The beard is the most valuable part of the entire countenance, its perfection and beauty. When the holy anointing oil drips from the beard of the holy Atika it drips upon the beard of Zeir Anpin, which gets established in nine Corrections (formations), and from which the 22 letters of the Torah emerge. Rabbi Shimon describes all nine Corrections (formations) of the black hair of the beard.