64. And those who do not know this secret say: 'Children, life and sustenance is not a matter of one's merit, rather it depends on constellations (Heb. mazal).' Take the case of Abram, who saw that he was not destined to have a son, and the Holy One, blessed be He, took him outside, as it is said: "And He brought him outside, and said, Look..." (Beresheet 15:5). And it has been taught that He said to him: 'Leave your astrology,' NAMELY DO NOT CONSULT THE STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS. And He took him up above the stars and said to him: "Look now towards heaven, and count the stars" (Ibid.). So much for the words of the sages, but they have to be interpreted mystically!
65. Come and see: All creatures in the world, before the Torah was given to Yisrael, were dependent on Mazal, even children, life and sustenance. But after the Torah was given to Yisrael, He removed Yisrael from the influences of the stars and constellations. This we have learned from Abraham, since his children were destined to receive Hei from Abraham, that is, the five books of the Torah, NAMELY MALCHUT, as it is said: "These are the generations of heaven and earth when they were created (Heb. behibar'am)" (Beresheet 2:4). behibar'am: beHei bera'am (meaning 'He created them with a Hei'). He said to Abraham 'Because of that Hei that was added to your name, the heavens below you and all the stars and constellations that shine in Hei will be subservient to your will' BECAUSE HE RAISED HIM ABOVE THEM. Moreover, it is said: "lo (Heb. he), here is grain for you, and you shall sow the land" (Beresheet 47:23) with Hei. That is, "for in Isaac shall your seed be called" (Beresheet 21:12), WHO IS THE SECRET OF THE LEFT COLUMN, FROM WHICH MALCHUT, THE SECRET OF HEI, IS DRAWN, AND SOWING IS THUS IN MALCHUT.
66. For this reason, everyone who engages in the Torah is released from the influence of stars and constellations. By learning Torah HERE IS MEANT with the intention of keeping its commandments. If it is not HIS INTENTION TO KEEP ITS COMMANDMENTS, then he is as one who does not engage in Torah, and the stars and constellations hold sway over him. This is even more true with respect to the common people, who are likened to animals, about which it has been taught: "Cursed be he who lies with any manner of beast" (Devarim 27:21). The hold of the stars and constellations over them is certainly not annulled.
67. "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field so he flourishes" (Tehilim 103:15). And ABOUT MAN it is said: "I was young and am now old" (Tehilim 37:25). And later IT IS SAID: "He returns to the days of his youth" (Iyov 33:25). IT IS LIKE a tree from which the old branches were cut off, but they grew again from its roots, as at the beginning. For PEOPLE die when old and return to this world as children. And this is the secret of the Holy One, blessed be He, 'renewing the creation every day continually.' For a thousand die each day and a thousand are renewed each day, REINCARNATING INTO THE WORLD.