235. He began: "And Jacob went on his way, and angels of Elohim met him" (Beresheet 32:2). HE ASKS, What is the meaning of "met him?" AND ANSWERS THAT there is a meeting for good, a meeting for evil and a meeting for prayer. When Jacob was on his way to Haran, what does scripture tell us? "And he came upon the place" (Beresheet 28:11), for he prayed the evening service at that place, WHICH IS MALCHUT THAT IS CALLED 'PLACE,' as it is written: "Behold, there is a place by Me" (Shemot 33:21). For the evening prayer is proper for that place; THAT IS, THE EVENING PRAYER IS THE ASPECT OF CORRECTION OF MALCHUT, AND THIS IS IN ACCORD WITH WHAT WAS SAID ABOVE: "MEETING IS NONE OTHER THAN PRAYER."
236. Again. "And he lighted on a certain place" (Beresheet 28:11). This means that he spoke words of conciliation, NAMELY AS HE HAS ALREADY NOTED: THERE IS NO MEETING THAT IS NOT CONCILIATION. "because the sun was set" (Ibid.), the holy one, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN, comes to the moon, WHICH IS MALCHUT, the husband to the wife. It follows that it is not right for a husband to come to his wife without words of appeasement to placate her, for it is written: "And he lighted on a certain place," WHICH MEANS THAT HE ADDRESSED HER WITH WORDS OF APPEASEMENT. And afterwards: "And he stayed there the night" (Ibid.). But what does scripture tell us about his return from Haran? "met him" (Beresheet 32:2), NAMELY MALCHUT sent messengers to placate him, so that he would come in to her.
237. "And when Jacob saw them, he said" (Ibid. 3). HE ASKS, What is the meaning of "when Jacob saw them?" AND HE ANSWERS THAT they were the daytime angels OF ZEIR ANPIN, WHO IS CALLED 'DAY,' and the night time angels OF MALCHUT, WHO IS CALLED 'NIGHT.' They were hidden from him and subsequently revealed to him, which is why: "when Jacob saw them," it is written: "This is Elohim's camp." From here we know that there were those of the day and those of the night. Concerning those of the night, it is written "Elohim's camp" FOR MALCHUT IS CALLED 'ELOHIM,' and concerning those of the day, it is written: "This," FOR ZEIR ANPIN IS CALLED "THIS." And thus the verse continues: "and he called the name of that place Machanaim (lit. 'two camps')." And now I see here holy camps, NAMELY THE CAMP OF RABBI SHIMON AND THE CAMP OF RABBI PINCHAS. Happy is my path that brought me here!