106. "And he said, 'I seek my brothers...' And the man said, 'They are departed from here.'" Rabbi Yehuda quoted the verse, "O that you were as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! When I should find you outside, I would kiss you; and none would scorn me" (Shir Hashirim 8:1). This verse has already been explained by the friends. The Congregation of Yisrael, THE NUKVA, said to the King to whom peace belongs, TO ZEIR ANPIN, "O that you were as my brother," as Joseph was to his brothers. Joseph said to them, "'Now therefore fear not: I will nourish you, and your little ones'" (Beresheet 50:21) and he provided for them in time of famine. Therefore, THE CONGREGATION OF YISRAEL SAID TO ZEIR ANPIN, "O that you were as my brother," AS JOSEPH WAS TO HIS BROTHERS.
107. According to another explanation of "O that you were as my brother ...," Joseph, YESOD, said this to the Shechinah, whom he joined and to whom he cleaved. " ...That sucked the breasts of my mother ..." means that WHEN SHE RECEIVES MOCHIN FROM IMA, there is friendship and unity between them. "I should find you outside," in exile in a strange land; "I would kiss you," to merge her spirit with his; " ...and none would scorn me" - 'although I am in a foreign land.'
108. Come and behold, although Joseph's brothers did not act as his brothers when he fell into their hands, he was a brother to them when they fell into his hands. This is understood from the verse, "And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them" (Beresheet 50:21); he spoke kindly in every WAY UNTIL THEY BELIEVED HIM.