149. Rabbi Elazar rose and began to speak. Everything depends on the stars (Heb. Mazal), even the scroll of the Torah in the sanctuary, as we have explained in the hidden book. Now here we must observe. Is everything really dependent upon the stars, since we have learned that the scroll of the Torah is holy and its coat is holy and the sanctuary is holy? It is written: "And one cried to another, and said, 'Holy, holy, holy'" (Yeshayah 6:30). We have HOLY three times and the Torah scroll corresponds to it because its receptacle is holy, the sanctuary is holy and it is holy. The Torah was given in three grades of holiness, PRIESTS, LEVITES AND YISRAEL, in three days, AS IT IS WRITTEN: "BE READY BY THE THIRD DAY" (SHEMOT 19:15). The Shechinah is also in three, the tablets, the Ark and the sanctuary, and it is all dependent on the Torah scroll. You say that THE TORAH SCROLL is dependent on the stars, but behold it is written: "And be not dismayed at the signs of heaven" (Yirmeyah 10:2). Whoever is so hallowed, should he be dependent on the stars?
150. HE RESPONDS: But this is the way I have explained it in the hidden book. This precious and holy thread on which all hair hangs - THAT IS, THE TOTAL UPPER SURFACE OF THE HAIR OF THE BEARD CIRCLING THE FACE LIKE A STRING OF HAIRS, is referred to as "Mazal." What is the explanation? It is because the holy of holies, of the holies, MEANING ALL THE LEVELS AND MOCHIN THAT ARE CALLED HOLY OF HOLIES, depend upon Mazal, BECAUSE THE FLOW OF MAZAL IS CALLED THE HOLY OF HOLIES. And the Torah scroll, although it is hallowed, the ten sanctifications do not apply to ZEIR ANPIN, MEANING HE DOES NOT HAVE THE FIRST THREE SFIROT until it enters the sanctuary, WHICH IS MALCHUT. IT IS NOT PERFECTED IN THE FIRST THREE SFIROT, SAVE THROUGH ITS UNION WITH MALCHUT. Once it enters the sanctuary, NAMELY, UNITES WITH MALCHUT, it is called holy with ten sanctifications. Similarly, MALCHUT is not considered a sanctuary except when the ten sanctifications are joined with it, MEANING ONLY WHEN SHE IS IN UNITY WITH ZEIR ANPIN; THEN THERE IS IN MALCHUT TEN SANCTIFICATIONS. We have learned that everything is dependent on Mazal, SINCE ALL THE FIRST THREE SFIROT IN ZEIR ANPIN AND MALCHUT DEPEND ON MAZAL, which is the precious and holy thread on which all hairs hang, FROM WHICH ARE RECEIVED ALL THESE SANCTIFICATIONS.
151. HE INQUIRES: Why is it referred to as Mazal? HE RESPONDS: All successes depend upon it, and the upper and lower beings receive success from it. It is therefore suspended, THAT IS, IT IS HANGING TO THE CHEST. All worldly things, the highest and the lowest, depend upon it, SINCE CHILDREN, LONGEVITY AND SUSTENANCE DEPEND ON NOT MERIT BUT ON MAZAL. Even the Torah scroll in the sanctuary that is adorned with ten sanctifications is not excepted from the others with ALL other sanctities, and everything depends upon this CORRECTION (FORMATION). Whoever is aware of this Correction (formation), his iniquities are suppressed and subdued. This is what is written: "He will suppress our iniquities" (Michah 7:19). Rabbi Shimon told him: Blessed is my son to the Holy of Holies, the most ancient of all.