158. Come and see: The wave brass we mentioned is the brass mountains, CALLED "mountains of brass" (Zecharyah 6:1), FOR THERE ARE TWO MOUNTAINS, MALE AND FEMALE. And they are called 'brass sockets'. There are sentries of the gates around all the gates. They guard those who are inside, and being sentries of the gates, they stand outside. They come and go out of the King's abode, NAMELY, MALCHUT.
159. Out of this brass, all the ministering vessels of the altar are made. They are ministering vessels of the altar, for when the souls approach the altar, WHICH IS MALCHUT, they minister the service of the altar. They all help THE SOULS to serve, and are called 'ministering vessels of the altar'. All the vessels and all the pegs of the Tabernacle, WHICH ARE ALSO OUTSIDE IT, are all called 'vessels of service' that serve the sanctuary. Upon them stand all the appointed chieftains, appointed Chariots, and appointed spirits. Each one is in its appropriate PLACE. The Temples of holiness are all known and subject to accounting, NAMELY, IN THE SECRET OF THE VERSE, "THAT BRINGS OUT THEIR HOST BY NUMBER" (YESHAYAH 40:26).
160. The gold IN THE TABERNACLE is connected to the gold ABOVE, WHICH IS GVURAH; the silver to the silver ABOVE, WHICH IS CHESED; and the brass OF THE TABERNACLE to the brass ABOVE, WHICH IS TIFERET. FOR the brasses below, draw strength from the brass of above, WHICH IS TIFERET. And so all the colors intermingle and become united and bound to one another.
161. The gold clasps bind the curtains OF BLUE, PURPLE...to one another, ONE COUPLING TO ANOTHER. The brass clasps bind together the Tabernacle, THE CURTAINS OF GOATS' HAIR. These are facing these. They are all like the stars in the sky. As the stars shine and are seen in the sky, so the clasps shine within the Tabernacle. We have already explained that. And the clasps are shining like glittering stars that stand out. The fifty clasps of gold and the fifty of brass shine, facing each other.