Mishpatim: Chapter 5

Returning that which was lost


Rabbi Shimon says that the thing that was lost was Malchut, that Moses lost when the tablets broke. Malchut can rise only with the aid of her husband, Moses, and this is the lost thing returned. He tells Moses that the Torah was revealed to him because it is like the waters of a well; the well is said to be Malchut, which recognizes its master. All the waters of the universe are gathered within her, as it is endless, and "broader than the sea." Drawing water from this well brings all the world's wisdom. Rabbi Shimon says that in the future God will set aside cities of refuge for Moses, as in every generation there is the incarnation and expression of Moses.