Mishpatim: Chapter 23

The assembly discussing the tabernacle


Here follows a long metaphorical exposition of the features of the head and body of the King, Zeir Anpin, hairs, forehead, eyes, eyebrows, nose, ears, face, lips, the mouth, the palate, the body, the legs and the kidneys - linking them all to the various aspects and combinations of the Sfirot. The text turns to the issue of judgment, telling us that when judgments are not rendered below then the same occurs above; no arrangements work properly. Then the mighty serpent controls, and the righteous ones cannot draw from the Nukva because she is not blessed. Rabbi Aba recalls that Rabbi Shimon told him that the river flowing out of Eden is Binah, and that it came out to water the Garden, Malchut, to nurture it.