Shmini: Chapter 10

"But he who exacts gifts overthrows it"


The youth tells how God established the world by Justice through Jacob, but it was overthrown by Esau, who did not tithe and was a man who exacted graft (should this be 'a gift,' as is written in the rest of the section?). All his life long, David tried to combine Malchut with Zeir Anpin; then Solomon came and united them, and at that time the moon appeared in all its fullness. Then the world was overturned by one who exacted graft, Zedekiah.