Mishpatim: Chapter 2

"If you buy a Hebrew servant..."


Rabbi Shimon continues by saying that unperfected souls are forced to be born again until they have finished correcting the six levels of Chesed, Gvurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod and Yesod. Only when they are from the aspect of the seventh, the Shechinah, are they allowed to go free. We learn of the three souls, the one called a maidservant, the one called a handmaid, and the one called the King's daughter. Rabbi Shimon also speaks of the maidservant, that is the Neshamah of Briyah, the manservant, that is the Ruach of Yetzirah, and the handmaid of the King's daughter, that is the Nefesh of Asiyah. A righteous man can also be given a Nefesh of Atzilut and a Ruach of Atzilut and even a Neshamah from the aspect of Aba and Ima. If he has more merit, he is given Yud Hei Vav Hei, which is the secret of man in the upper way of Atzilut. Then he is named after the image of his Master, and will "have dominion over the fish of the sea." He will have power throughout the firmaments.