594. He began by quoting: "I am come into my garden..." (Shir Hashirim 5:1). And in the first compilation HE SAYS: "I have gathered my myrrh with my spice" refers to the right arm over the left leg. "I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey" refers to Jacob with Rachel. "I have drunk my wine with my milk" refers to the left arm on the right leg. THE EXPLANATION OF THIS IS: The right arm on the left leg are Chesed with Hod. Jacob with Rachel are the Central Column, WHICH IS TIFERET, along with Malchut. Left arm with right leg are Gvurah with Netzach.
595. HE ASKS: Why did He so change His attributes? AND HE ANSWERS, the secret that is here stated is because David said here: "Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let Your pious ones shout for joy" (Tehilim 132:9). And we learned there that he should have said 'Your Levites'. The Holy One, blessed be He, said: 'It is not my way to change my attributes, but since you have invited Me, I have to do your will.' And we further learned that even when a householder invites the king, the latter has to do the will of the former. It was thus taught: 'Whatever the host tells you to do, do, except 'leave''. Nevertheless, for all that this secret is beautiful, it is still written: "For I am Hashem, I do not change" (Malachi 3:6), and indeed in respect of all the sacrifices, it is written of them for Hashem only, IN WHICH THERE IS NO CHANGE, and how could it indeed be that He would change the levels of His name with the sacrifices?
596. HE ANSWERS, "I have gathered my myrrh" REFERS TO THE BLESSING OF 'who forms light'; "with my spice" REFERS TO 'everlasting love'. "I have eaten my honeycomb" IS THE Sh'ma Yisrael, and "with my honey" IS 'Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever'. "I have drunk my wine" REFERS TO "And it shall come to pass, if you hearken" (Devarim 11:13 21) up to "And Hashem spoke," and "with my milk" refers to from "And Hashem spoke" (Bemidbar 15:37 41) up to 'True.' "Eat, O dear ones" REFERS TO the first three blessings and the last three blessings OF THE AMIDAH PRAYER, while "and drink, drink deep, O loving companions" refers to all the remaining blessings of the prayer.
597. And in the first section, HE SAID: The secret of the sacrifices is that cattle and sheep and rams and goats are the four COUNTENANCES OF the face of an ox. The face of an eagle, etc. ARE two turtledoves or two young doves, but this matter is in need of further clarification. Lion, WHICH IS CHESED, descends to the ox, which is left, WHICH IS GVURAH, in order to link Chesed with Gvurah, NAMELY THAT THEY SHOULD BE INCORPORATED WITHIN EACH OTHER. Man, WHICH IS MALCHUT, descends to the eagle, WHICH IS TIFERET, which is the level of Jacob, SO THAT TIFERET AND MALCHUT WILL UNITE WITH EACH OTHER. This is why the sages of the Mishnah taught that Jacob's beauty was that of Adam. And who caused his ascendancy so that he should be called 'Israel'? THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, as it is written: "Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel" (Beresheet 32:29) will be your name, THE MEANING OF WHICH IS that Yisrael should be the primary name to spread among them.