56. It is written THAT THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, TELLS THEM: '"Go up this way by the south" (Bemidbar 13:17), MEANING strive in the Torah and you will then recognize that it stands in good stead for you. Through it, you will know that WORLD "and see the country, what it is..." (Ibid. 18), MEANING you will recognize through it that world, which is an inheritance and a legacy, to which I bring you.' "And the people who dwell in it" (Ibid.): these are the righteous in the Garden of Eden, who stand row by row in the highest glory on the highest grades.
57. "Whether they are strong or weak..." (Ibid.) MEANING you will see in her if they gained all these due to having overpowered their inclination WITH STRONG EFFORT and broken it, or whether they did it WEAKLY WITHOUT ANY EFFORT. Or see if they enhanced their strength in Torah by studying it day and night or if they have loosened their hands of it, AND YET IN SPITE OF THAT they merited all these. "Are they few or are they many" (Ibid.): Are there many who are involved in My service and getting stronger by the Torah, so that they therefore merit all these, or not?
58. "And what the land is, whether fat or lean" (Ibid. 19): through the Torah, you will know what the land is, MEANING what type of world it is - whether there is a great deal of beneficial good from above to its dwellers, or whether it is lacking anything. "Whether there is a tree in it, or not" (Ibid. 20): is the Tree of Life - THAT IS, ZEIR ANPIN - present forever and ever? And does it contain the bundle of life, WHICH IS YESOD, or not?
59. "And they ascended into the Negev, and (he) came to Hebron" (Ibid. 22). "And they ascended into the Negev" MEANS that people elevate themselves within her, THE TORAH, and "into the Negev" means with a lazy heart, as one whose effort is dry and meaningless, because he believes that there is no recompense in that. He sees that he has lost the world's riches due to her and thinks that everything is LOST. "Into the Negev" is as it is written: "The face of the ground was dry" (Beresheet 8:13), "dry" being translated into Aramaic as negivu.
60. Following that: "and (he) came to Hebron," MEANING that he has come to adhere to the Torah, and he reads and studies it. "Where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai..." (Bemidbar 13:22), MEANING he sees there many divisions: unclean and clean, forbidden and permitted, punishment and recompense. These are the paths of the Torah, the specifics of the Torah. "The children of Anak" (Ibid.): MEANING THAT they were born from the side of Gvurah.