Pekudei: Chapter 38

"And they brought the Tabernacle to Moses," part two


Rabbi Shimon talks about the vision of Ezekiel, as in: "and above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone...," saying that the firmament is supported by the four animals. He tells how the creatures and the wheels are lifted up to Atzilut so that Malchut goes up to Zeir Anpin, as in: "and bore up the Ark, and it was lifted up above the earth." In the verse: "and they brought the Tabernacle to Moses," 'Tabernacle' is Malchut and 'Moses' is the secret of Zeir Anpin. "The likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it" is the secret of man, namely Moses. Here Rabbi Shimon says that Moses is Zeir Anpin. Next he offers several explanations for "And they brought the Tabernacle," all of which include the concept of Malchut joining with Zeir Anpin. When the wise men brought all the parts of the Tabernacle to Moses they were unable to join them all together, but he had no difficulty, this is the secret of "and Moses erected the Tabernacle." Rabbi Shimon says that as the Holy Side gets stronger the Other Side gets weaker; this is why Moses strengthened the Holy Side by constructing the Tabernacle.