94. As they were walking along, they saw a Israelite coming toward them. Rabbi Yosi said that this person is an Israelite, because he looks like an Israelite. When he reached them, they asked him WHO HE WAS. He told them that he was on a religious errand, as he lived in the village of Dramin and the time of Sukkot having arrived, they needed a Lulav and the other three kinds. He was on his way to cut them down for the purpose of the commandment. They walked together.
95. The Israelite spoke to them and asked: Have you heard why we need the four kinds of the Lulav to appease the world during this holiday, BUT NOT AT ANY OTHER TIME? They told him: The friends have already explained this subject BY TELLING THE REASON, but if you have a new explanation, then say it.
96. He said to them: The place where we live is indeed a small one, but all indulge in the study of the Torah. We have a rabbi, who is well known among the Rabbis, whose name is Rabbi Yitzchak and who is the son of Rabbi Yosi from Mechoza'a. He teaches us new explanations of the Torah each and every day. And he said that during this holiday, it is the time for domination, WHEN YISRAEL OBTAIN DOMINATION OVER THE MINISTERS OF THE SEVENTY NATIONS. SO IT IS WRITTEN: "Then the proud waters have gone over our soul. Blessed be Hashem, who has not given us as a prey to their teeth" (Tehilim 124:5-6). AND HE ASKS, "Does water have teeth?" AND HE REPLIES THAT they - THE PROUD WATERS - refer to the other nations, AND THE "TEETH" REFER TO the supernal ministers of these nations, who are worshippers of the planets and constellations. They are blessed through Yisrael, and they are called proud waters, as it says "the malicious waters."
97. To dominate THE MINISTERS OF THE NATIONS, we come with the Holy Name that is represented by those four kinds with the Lulav: THE MYRTLE IS THE SECRET OF CHESED, GVURAH AND TIFERET, FROM THE LETTER YUD OF THE YUD HEI VAV HEI; THE WILLOW BRANCHES ARE THE SECRET OF NETZACH AND HOD, FROM THE FIRST LETTER HEI OF THE YUD HEI VAV HEI; THE LULAV IS THE SECRET OF YESOD, FROM THE LETTER VAV OF THE YUD HEI VAV HEI; AND THE ETROG IS THE SECRET OF MALCHUT OF THE LOWER HEI. Together they appease the Holy One, blessed be He, and rule over the proud waters by means of the Holy Name. They bring and arouse upon us the holy waters, NAMELY THE ABUNDANCE OF THE UPPER WATERS, for the water libation ceremony at the altar, WHICH IS MALCHUT. AND THESE UPPER WATERS OVERCOME THE PROUD WATERS.
98. And he went on to say that on Rosh Hashanah, the first awakening, WHICH IS THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE, recurs and appears in the world. THIS MEANS THAT THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE RETURNS TO ITS PREVIOUS STATUS ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CREATION. AND HE ASKS: What is this first awakening? AND HE ANSWERS: It is the lower courthouse that is aroused in order to judge the world. It is when the Holy One, blessed be He, sits on the throne of Judgment and judges the world.
99. This courthouse rules and judges the world until Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), when her face, of the Female Principle, lights up, THIS MEANS THAT THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE RECEIVES THE UPPER THREE SFIROT - KETER, CHOCHMAH AND BINAH - CALLED THE 'FACE.' At this time, the slanderous serpent leaves the world alone, because he is busy with the scapegoat which has been offered to him. This offering is from the side of the spirit of defilement, which is appropriate FOR THE SLANDEROUS SERPENT, WHO IS THE PROSECUTOR. So while he is occupied with his scapegoat, he does not approach the Temple, OR THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE. THAT IS, HE DOES NOT APPROACH THE CHILDREN OF YISRAEL IN ORDER TO PROSECUTE THEM ANYMORE, AND DOES NOT SEPARATE THE MATING OF ZEIR ANPIN AND THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE.
100. This scapegoat is like the sin offering of the he-goat on the first day of the month. Because he is occupied with it, the face of the Temple, WHICH IS THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE, lights up. And this is how all Yisrael find mercy in the eyes of the Holy One, blessed be He, and He removes their sins. But there is one secret, he told them, that may not be revealed, except to exceedingly wise, saintly, and pious men. Rabbi Yosi asked him: And what is that secret? So he answered: I have not yet evaluated you, SO I CANNOT TELL WHETHER YOU ARE FIT TO HEAR THIS SECRET.
101. They proceeded on their way, and after a while he said: When the moon, WHICH IS THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE, approaches the sun, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN, then the Holy One, blessed be He, stirs up the northern side, WHICH IS THE LEFT COLUMN, and He grasps her lovingly and draws her toward Himself. THIS IS THE SECRET OF ASKING PERMISSION AND APPEASEMENT. And then the southern side, WHICH IS THE RIGHT COLUMN, is aroused from the other side. And eventually the moon, WHICH IS THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE, rises and joins the east, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN. Thus, She draws sustenance from both sides, FROM THE SOUTH AND FROM THE NORTH, and receives the blessing OR THE ABUNDANCE OF THE MATING, in silence. And now the moon is blessed and filled WITH THE ABUNDANCE, as a woman approaches her husband. THIS MEANS THAT A COMPLETE MATING HAS OCCURRED, IN WHICH ALL THE MOCHIN ARE REVEALED TO THE WORLD.
102. Just as there is a secret pertaining to the shape of the parts of the body of man, ZEIR ANPIN and its composition, so too there is a secret pertaining to the shape of the parts of the body of the Female Principle OF ZEIR ANPIN and its composition. And the only difference between them is their color: THE COLOR GREEN IS THE SECRET OF ZEIR ANPIN, WHILE RED IS THE SECRET OF THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE. NEVERTHELESS, THE SHAPES OF THEIR PARTS ARE SIMILAR. And as there is that above which joins her and rises to receive her with love, so below ATZILUT, beneath the moon, lies the secret of another, lower man OF THE OTHER SIDE. HE ALSO HAS THE SAME PARTS OF THE BODY, NAMELY THE LEFT AND RIGHT AND SO ON. WHAT WE LEARN FROM THIS IS THAT ALL THE LEVELS ARE MODELED AFTER ONE ANOTHER, SUCH THAT THE SHAPES OF THE UPPER LEVEL CARRY DOWN TO THE LOWER ONE. AND THE AROUSAL OF ANY ONE OF THESE ASPECTS, AROUSES AN OPPOSITE ASPECT IN THE OTHER LEVELS, AS SHALL FURTHER BE EXPLAINED.
103. Above, the left arm OF ZEIR ANPIN holds THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE and rises lovingly toward her. Similarly below the FEMALE PRINCIPLE, the serpent, which is the left arm of the spirit of defilement, is THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE OF DEFILEMENT. He who rides upon THE SERPENT, WHO IS THE MALE OF THE DEFILEMENT, GRASPS AND MATES WITH IT. By this he approaches the moon, WHICH IS THE FEMALE PRINCIPLE, and draws her toward him, MEANING THAT HE IS NURISHED FROM HER from between those that are clinging - MEANING THE PLACE OF THE MATING - and thus, she is defiled.