Safra Det'zniuta: Chapter 3

Third Chapter


We hear that the Beard was concealed in the scriptures because everything that is hidden and not revealed is lofty and precious. Here the nine features of the Beard are listed, together with the nine clauses beginning in Tehilim 118:5 with "Out of my distress I called on Yah"; it is also stated that these nine features are in the secret of the verse, "And the earth brought forth grass, herb yielding seed after its kind, and tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind." There are thirteen features of the Beard in the supernal one, Arich Anpin; the lower, Zeir Anpin, appears in nine features of the Beard. The addition of thirteen plus nine yields 22, which is the 22 letters that were engraved through them. Now the discussion turns to various interpretations of the verse, "And Elohim said, Let the waters swarm abundantly with moving creatures that have life." As one explanation is the movement of the lips during prayer, we are told that the prayer in which a person requests something of God is arranged in nine ways. It is said that great attention is necessary in all these nine manners of prayer. God will honor anyone who meditates properly on them, giving him everything he needs in this world and in the World to Come.

We are told that "And Elohim said, Let Us make man" referred not only to man on earth but also supernal man, both male and female; when the one is completed, the other is completed.