337. Come and behold, it is written, "The trees of Hashem have their fill; the cedars of Lebanon which He has planted" (Tehilim 104:16). What does "Lebanon" mean? As has already been explained, IT IS THE SECRET OF BINAH RETURNED TO CHOCHMAH. THE WORD LEBANON CONTAINS THE LETTERS LEV ('HEART'), WHICH HAS A NUMERICAL VALUE OF 32, AND NUN, WHICH HAS A NUMERICAL VALUE OF FIFTY. THUS, THE WORD LEBANON MEANS THERE ARE 32 PATHS OF WISDOM AND FIFTY GATES OF BINAH. They also discussed the verse, "where the birds make their nests" (Ibid. 17). Where does this happen? HE ANSWERS, In Lebanon, THE SUPERNAL BINAH OF ARICH ANPIN RETURNED TO CHOCHMAH. These are the two birds mentioned in several places, THAT IS, THE TWO NUKVAS, LEAH AND RACHEL. From them several other birds come out, IN BRIYAH, YETZIRAH, ASIYAH. But these two birds are supernal IN ATZILUT. They come from Lebanon above. This is the secret meaning of the verse, "And Laban had two daughters" (Beresheet 29:16). THESE ARE THE TWO BIRDS LEAH AND RACHEL. LABAN IS THE SECRET OF LEBANON, WHICH IS THE SECRET OF THE MALE, WHILE LEBANON IS THE MALE JOINED WITH THE FEMALE.
338. "...As for the stork, the cypress trees are her house..." (Tehilim 104:17). This refers to the six supernal sons, THE SIX ENDS OF THE WORLD, CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD AND YESOD. It has been explained THAT THEY EMERGE FROM THE SUPERNAL WORLD, BINAH, AND ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ITS HOUSE. Why is BINAH called a 'stork?' HE ANSWERS, Because this supernal world, although it is female, NAMELY BINAH, is referred to as male, because when goodness and lights issue, it is from her that it appears and expands. AND WHATEVER GIVES IS REFERRED TO AS MALE.
339. Because BINAH is a 'stork' (Heb. chasidah), the light of Chesed emanates from Her - the primordial light, about which the scripture reads, "And Elohim said, Let there be light" (Beresheet 1:3). Therefore, it is written, "the cypress trees are her house." "Broshim" ('cypress trees') should be read "Berashim" ('in the heads'), BECAUSE BINAH IS THE FIRST THREE SFIROT, AND HER HOUSE IS HER SIX ENDS, CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETRZACH, HOD, AND YESOD. AND THESE ARE IN HER HEAD, THAT IS, IN THE ASPECT OF HEAD AND THE FIRST THREE SFIROT. But the LOWER world, THE NUKVA, lives in the lower beings, AND NOT IN THE HEADS. She is called the 'Law Court of the World.' Sometimes THE LOWER WORLD, THE NUKVA, is named as the upper world, BINAH, by all its names. THIS IS WHEN THE NUKVA RISES AND CLOTHES BINAH.
340. Of this place, THE NUKVA, the scripture says, "And Hashem repented...and it grieved Him at His heart" (Beresheet 6:6). This is because judgments and sadness are from this place. But above, IN BINAH, all is light and full of life. From this we derive that there is no sadness before Hashem; 'before' is precise, INDICATING THE INNER PART, BINAH. ONLY THERE, NO SADNESS ABIDES. IN THE OUTER PLACE, THE NUKVA, THERE IS SADNESS. It is therefore written, "Serve Hashem with gladness, come before His presence with singing" (Tehilim 100:2). The first part corresponds to the supernal world; the second part to the lower world. Happy are Yisrael in this world and in the World to Come. Thus, the scripture says, "Happy are you, O Yisrael, Who is like to you? O people saved by Hashem, the shield of your help, and the sword of your excellence..." (Devarim 33:29)