Pekudei: Chapter 30

The traps


This section tells about the turning wheels of light that are called 'traps'. They are described as the 'judgments of the Left Column' and they travel and turn around the world. There is one great pillar thrust into the abyss, and stones within the abyss, and many wheels revolving around the pillar. We read that above the pillar is a wheel that is present in twelve thousand worlds and it revolves within the Tabernacle, it both turns and does not turn. In the Tabernacle is a crier who proclaims: 'Beware of the turning wheel'. Rabbi Shimon says that anyone who understands may have access to the high secrets and the keys hidden within the holy Tabernacle. He ends by saying how happy those people are who put their strength in God and who are chosen by Him.