381. (THE BEGINNING OF THE ARTICLE IS MISSING.)...this is a sacrifice that is on every day and at every time to the Holy One, blessed be He, in which the Shechinah is included among all HER other crowds, WHO ARE YISRAEL. And all these services remove Her from among the thorns, namely from among the other nations. So it is with Yisrael. So long as they are hard hearted and do not make a start at repenting, they do not emit fragrance, and there is none to remove them from among the thorns. But when they open their hearts in repentance, they immediately emit an aroma, and He removes them from among the thorns. And the Congregation of Yisrael, WHICH IS MALCHUT, obtains pleasure from them, as it is written: "Open to me, my sister, my love" (Shir Hashirim 5:2), for so long as the rose is closed, it gives off no aroma and does not rise above the thorns but sits among them, as they have said. And the only reason that the Holy One, blessed be He, sent us along this path was so that we should learn these matters.