Idra Raba: Chapter 33

First Correction (formation) of the nine Corrections (formations) of the beard of Zeir Anpin


Rabbi Elazar tells us that King David needed these nine Corrections (formations) in order to conquer the other kings and nations; he called upon God, who answered him with liberation and took his part. Rabbi Elazar talks about the form of man, including the forms of Lion, Ox and Eagle, and how man is mentioned in the quoted scriptures only in conjunction with the Holy Name. He says that Zeir Anpin will do all that one desires for whoever holds on to the holy beard and honors Him. The essential message of this section is: If God takes my part, I will not fear, for what can man possibly do to me?