Yearning of the Father is Always Exclusively for his Daughter

by tillerofthesoil

url“A king once had a daughter who was good, pleasant, beautiful and perfect. He married her to a royal prince, and clothed, crowned, and bejewelled her, giving her much wealth. Is it possible for the king to ever leave his daughter? You will agree that it is not. Is it possible for him to be with her constantly? You will also agree that it is not. What then must he do? He places a screen between the two, and whenever the father needs his daughter, or the daughter needs her father, they can come together through this screen. Therefore it is written All the princess’s treasure is inward, filigree of gold her raiment (Psalms 45:14)” (Bahir §54).

“[Elijah] opened and said, [Moses] Faithful Shepherd, the blessed Holy One gave this bride of yours [Shekhinahהַכַּלָה (ha-Kalah), the Bride, alluding to הֲלָכָה (halakhah), conduct] to Abraham to bring up for you. And since he kept her she is called his daughter. This is what is meant by the saying that ‘Abraham had a daughter named בַּכֹּל (Bakol)’ (BT Bava Batra 16b). By her he observed the whole Torah even to the עֵירוּבֵי תַּבְשִׁילִין (Eruvei Tavshilin), Mixing of Dishes [an action allowing one to cook on a holiday for Sabbath]. This is the meaning of [Abraham has listened בְּקֹלִי (be-Qoli), to My voice] And has kept My charge [My commandments, My statutes, and My teachings] (Genesis 26:5) [cf. Bahir §192]. And he brought her up, as written, And he brought up Hadassa (Esther 2:7). And the blessed Holy One blessed him for her sake, as written, YHWH had blessed Abraham in בַּכֹּל (ba-kol), all things (Genesis 24:1). He brought her up with every good quality and was kind to her. He raised her to greatness, with the quality of חֶסֶד (Ḥesed), Loving-kindness, of Abraham. His house was, for her sake, wide open to do kindness to all the people of the world” (Zohar 3:277b, Ra’aya Meheimna Ki Tetze).

“Lower world does not arouse toward Upper World without the cherubim wafting fragrance toward the right. After they bestow aroma to the right, and the right arouses toward Upper World, at once Lower World arouses to petition for its needs. What is written? Rachel said to Leah, ‘Please give me’ (Genesis 30:14). Give me blessings from the arousal of mandrakes, aroused for you by the right side.

Then, Upper World joyfully, playfully, responded to her, saying, ‘Is your taking my husband a small thing?‘ (ibid. 30:15)—like a mother to her daughter. If so, the Husband of the Upper World must be Jacob! Not so! Yearning of the Father is always exclusively for his Daughter. His love is directed toward Her because She is the only daughter, among six sons [sefirot]. He doles out provisions, largesse, and gifts to each of those six sons—but He allocates nothing for Her, nor does She inherit anything. On account of all this, He watches over Her with greater fondness and love than all the rest.

Out of love for Her, He called Her ‘Daughter’ [cf. BT Bava Batra 16b]. This did not satisfy Him, so He called Her ‘Sister’ [cf. Genesis 20:1; Proverbs 7:4]. This did not satisfy Him, so He called Her ‘Mother,’ in the name of His Mother [cf. Proverbs 2:3; BT Berakhot 57a]. This did not satisfy Him, so He called Her by His name, as is written: But הַחָכְמָה (Ḥokhmah), Wisdom, found from אַיִן (Ayin), Nothing (Job 28:12)—Ḥokhmah, actually! This is why Upper World said to Her, ‘Is your taking my husband a small thing‘—for all of His love is drawn toward You” (Zohar 1:156a-b, Sitrei Torah, cf. Shir ha-Shirim Rabbah on 3:11; Zohar 2:100b).

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