Volume 1:2bא׳:ב׳ ב
1 א

בְאֹרַח סָתִים. וְאַמִּיץ כֹּחַ דָּא רָזָא דְּעָלְמָא עִלָּאָה דְּאִסְתַּלַּק בְּשֵׁם אֱלהִים כִּדְקָאַמְרָן. אִישׁ לא נְעְדָּר מֵאִנּוּן שִׁתִּין רִבּוֹא דְּאֲפִיק בְּחֵילָא דִשְׁמָא. וּבְגִין דְּאִישׁ לא נֶעְדָּר, בְּכָל אֲתַר דְּמִיתוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאִתְעֲנָשׁוּ בְּחוֹבַיְיהוֹ אִתְמְנוּן וְלָא אַעֲדַר מֵאִנּוּן (קנ''ז א', שמות כ''ב א) שִׁתִּין רִבּוֹא אֲפִילוּ חָד. בְּגִין לְמֶהֱוֵי כֹּלָא דִיוּקְנָא חֲדָא. כְּמָה דְּאִישׁ לָא נֶעְדַּר לְעֵילָא, אוּף הָכִי לָא נֶעְדַּר לְתַתָּא.

the supreme grade where all desires rise up in Him. And they ascend through a hidden and secret path... "because He is strong in power". This is the secret of the supernal world [WHO/M"I] that rose up to the name Elohim. As we have stated, the phrase "no one is missing", is to the 600,000 that He brought forth by the power of this name. And because "no one is missing" [from the] 600,000, it follows that in every place that Israel died and were punished for their sins, they were numbered. And no one was ever missing from the 600,000, to keep the balance [between the worlds]. Just as no one was missing [from the] 600,000 above, no one was missing [from the 600,000] below.

2 ב

בְּרֵאשִׁית, רַב הַמְנוּנָא סָבָא אָמַר, אַשְׁכְּחָן אַתְוָון בְּהִפּוּכָא. בֵּי''ת בְּקַדְמִיתָא וּלְבָתַר. ב' בְּקַדְמִיתָא הַיְינוּ בְּרֵאשִׁית. בָּרָא לְבָתַר. אל''ף בְּקַדְמִיתָא וּלְבָתַר. אל''ף בְּקַדְמִיתָא הַיְינוּ אֱלֹהִים. אֶת לְבָתָר. אֶלָּא כַּד בָּעָא קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא לְמֶעְבַּד עָלְמָא, כָּל אָתְוָון הֲווּ סְתִימִין, וּתְרֵין אַלְפִין שְׁנִין עַד דְּלָא בְּרָא עָלְמָא הֲוָה מִסְתַּכֵּל קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא וְאִשְׁתַּעְשַׁע בְּהוּ.

Rabbi Hamnuna-Saba said: “In the first four words of the Torah, Beresheet Barah Elohim Et, the first two words begin with the letter Bet, and the following two begin with Aleph". It is said that, “When the Creator thought to create the world, all of the letters were still concealed, and even 2,000 years before the creation of the world, the Creator gazed into the letters and played with them.

3 ג

כַּד בְּעָא לְמִבְרֵי עָלְמָא, אָתוּ (מקץ ר''ד א', ויגש ר''ה ב) כָּל אַתְוָון קַמֵּיהּ מִסּוֹפָא אֲרֵישַׁיְיהוּ. שָׁרִיאַת אָת ת לְמֵיעַל בְּרִישָׁא, אָמְרָה, רִבּוֹן עָלְמִין נִיחָא קַמָּךְ לְמִבְרֵי בִּי עָלְמָא, דְּאֲנָא חוֹתְמָא דְגוּשְׁפַּנְקָא דִילָךְ אֱמֶ''ת, וְאַתְּ אִתְקְרִיאַת אֱמֶ''ת, יָאוֹת לְמַלְכָּא (אמת) לְמִשְׁרֵי בְּאוֹת אֱמֶ''ת וּלְמִבְרֵי בִּי עָלְמָא. אָמַר לָהּ קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, יָאוֹת אַנְתְּ וְזַכָּאָה אַנְתְּ, אֶלָּא לֵית אַנְתְּ כְּדַאי לְמִבְרֵי בָּךְ עָלְמָא, הוֹאִיל וְאַנְתְּ זַמִּינָא לְמֶהֱוֵי רָשִׁים עַל מִצְחִין דְּגוּבְרִין מְהֵימְנִין דְּקִיְּימוּ אוֹרַיְתָא מֵאל''ף וְעַד תי''ו, וּבִרְשִׁימוּ דִילָךְ יְמוּתוּן. וְעוֹד דְּאַנְתְּ חוֹתָמָא דְמָוֶת. הוֹאִיל וְאַנְתְּ כָּךְ, לֵית אַנְתְּ כְּדַאי לְמִבְרֵי בָּךְ עָלְמָא. מִיָּד נָפְקַת.

When the Creator thought to create the world, all the letters of the alphabet came to Him in reverse order from last to first. The letter Tav entered first and said, “Master of the world! It is good, and also seemly of You, to create the world with me, with my properties. For I am the seal on Your ring, called Truth, that ends with the letter Tav. And that is why You are called Truth, and why it would befit the King to begin the universe with the letter Tav, and to create the world by her, by her properties. The Creator answered: "You are beautiful and sincere, but do not merit the world that I conceived to be created by your properties. You are destined to serve as a mark on the foreheads of the faithful, who have kept the Law of the Torah from Aleph to Tav. When you appear, they shall die. Not only that, but you are also the seal of the word Death, and because of this, you are not suitable for Me to create the world with you." The letter Tav then immediately left.

4 ד

עָאלַת אָת ש קַמֵּיהּ, אָמְרָה קַמֵּיהּ, רִבּוֹן עָלְמִין, נִיחָא קַמָּךְ לְמִבְרֵי בִּי עָלְמָא, דְּבִי אִתְקְרֵי שְׁמָךְ שַׁדַּ''י, וְיָאוֹת לְמִבְרֵי עָלְמָא בִּשְׁמָא קַדִּישָׁא. אָמַר לָהּ, יָאוֹת אַנְתְּ, וְטַב אַנְתְּ וּקְשׁוֹט אַנְתְּ, אֲבָל הוֹאִיל וְאָתְוָון דְּזִיּוּפָא נָטְלִין לָךְ לְמֶהֱוֵי עִמְּהוֹן, לָא בָעֵינָא לְמִבְרֵי בָּךְ עָלְמָא, דִּבְגִין דְּלָא יִתְקַיַּים שִׁקְרָא, אֶלָּא אִי יִטְלוּן לָךְ ק''ר מִכָּאן מָאן דְּבָעֵי לְמֵימַר שִׁקְרָא (ויקהל רט''ו ב) יִטּוֹל יְסוֹדָא דִקְשׁוֹט בְּקַדְמִיתָא וּלְבָתַר יוֹקִים לֵיהּ שִׁקְרָא, דְּהָא אָת אָת קְשׁוֹט אִיהוּ, אָת קְשׁוֹט דַּאֲבָהָתָן דְּאִתְיַיחֲדוּ בַהּ. ק''ר (פקודי רס''ד א', תרומה קמ''ח ב) אָתְוָון דְּאִתְחֲזִיאוּ עַל סִטְרָא בִישָׁא אִנּוּן וּבְגִין לְאִתְקַיָּימָא נָטְלֵי אָת ש בְּגַוַּוייהוּ וַהֲוֵי קֶשֶׁר. כֵּיוָן דְּחָמַאת הָכִי נָפְקַת מִקַּמֵּיהּ.

The letter Shin then entered and stood before Him. It said, "Master of the Universe, may it please You to create the world with me, as Your own name Shaddai is with me. And it would be most proper to create the world by a holy name. He replies: You are worthy, you are good, and you are truthful. But because you are included among the letters that form the word Falsehood, [sheqer] I do not wish to create the world with you. Falsehood would not have prevailed had you not been attached to the letters [Resh and Quf]. From this, whoever wants to tell a lie, should add that lie to a base that is truthful. Because the letter Shin is a letter of truth, meaning a letter of Truth by which the Patriarchs reached unison. [Shin's three arms represent Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — Chesed, Gevurah, and Tiferet] And the letters Quf and Resh appear on the evil side, [Quf+Resh spells qar, "cold"] In order for them to continue to exist, they pulled the letter Shin to them, creating the combination qesher, ["connection"] When the Shin realized this, it left.

5 ה

עָאלַת אָת צ אָמְרָה קַמֵּיהּ, רִבּוֹן עָלְמָא נִיחָא קַמָּךְ לְמִבְרֵי בִּי עָלְמָא דְּאֲנָא (ס''א דבי) בִּי חֲתִימִין צַדִּיקִים, וְאַנְתְּ דְּאִתְקְרִיאַת צַדִּיק, בִּי רָשִׁים דִּכְתִיב, (תהילים י״א:ז׳) כִּי צַדִּיק יְיָ צְדָקוֹת אָהֵב, וּבִי יָאוֹת לְמִבְרֵי עָלְמָא. אָמַר לָהּ צַדִּי, צַדִּיק אַנְתְּ, וְצַדִּיק אַנְתְּ אִתְקְרִיאַת, אֲבָל אַנְתְּ צָרִיךְ לְמֶהוֵי טְמִירָא, לֵית אַנְתְּ צָרִיךְ לְאִתְגַּלְּיָא כָּל כָּךְ בְּגִין דְּלָא לְמֵיהַב פִּתְחוֹן פֶּה לְעָלְמָא. מַאי טַעְמָא נ אִיהִי, אַתְיָא י' דִּשְׁמָא דִבְרִית קַדִּישָׁא וְרָכִיב עֲלָהּ (ואתאחד) (ואתאחיד) בַּהֲדָהּ. וְרָזָא דָא כַּד בְּרָא קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא לְאָדָם הָרִאשׁוֹן דוּ פַּרְצוּפִין בְּרָאוֹ. וּבְגִין כָּךְ אַנְפּוֹי דְּיוּ''ד מְהַדַּר לַאֲחוֹרָא כְּגַוְונָא דָא [חסר ציור] וְלָא אִתְהַדְּרוּ אַנִפִּין בְּאַנְפִּין כְּגַוְונָא דָא [חסר ציור] , אִסְתַּכַּל לְעֵילָא כְּגַוְונָא דָא [חסר ציור] , אִסְתַּכָּלַת לְתַתָּא כְּגַוְונָא דָא [חסר ציור] , אָמַר לָהּ קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא (תוב) (תו), דְּאֲנָא זַמִּין לְנַסְרָא לָךְ וּלְמֶעְבַּד לָךְ אַפִּין בְּאַפִּין אֲבָל בְּאַתְרָא אָחֳרָא תִּסְתַּלַּק. נָפְקַת מִקַּמֵיהּ וְאֲזָלַת.

Subsequently, the letter Tsade appeared before the Creator and said: “Master of the world, You should create the world with me, for Tzadikim ["righteous ones"] are marked by me. You, who is called a Tzadik, are also recorded within me, for You are righteous and You love righteousness. Therefore, my properties are suitable to create the world by.” The Creator answered: “Tsade, you are truly righteous, but you must remain concealed and not be revealed to the extent required were the world to be created by you, so as to not give the world an excuse.” The concealment of the letter Tsade is necessary, for first came the letter Nun, which was then joined by the letter Yod from the Creator’s Holy Name who stood above it as a mark of the bond between the Creator and His creations, mounted the letter Nun and joined it on its right hand side, thereby creating the letter Tsade.

6 ו

עָאלַת אָת פ אָמְרָה קַמֵּיהּ, רִבּוֹן עָלְמִין נִיחָא קַמָּךְ לְמִבְרֵי בִּי עָלְמָא דְּהָא פּוּרְקָנָא דְּאַנְתְּ זַמִּין לְמֶעְבַּד בְּעָלְמָא בִּי רְשִׁים, וְדָא הוּא פְּדוּת. וּבִי יָאוֹת לְמִבְרֵי עָלְמָא. אָמַר לָהּ יָאוֹת אַנְתְּ, אֲבָל בָּךְ אִתְרְשִׁים פֶּשַׁע בִּטְמִירוּ, כְּגַוְונָא דְּחִיוְיָא דְּמָחֵי וְאָעִיל רֵישֵׁיהּ בֵּין גּוּפֵיהּ, הָכִי מַאן דְּחָב כָּפִיף רֵישֵׁיהּ וְאַפִּיק יְדוֹי. וְכֵן ע עָוֹן, אַף עַל גַּב דְּאָמְרָה דְּאִית בֵּיה עֲנָוָה, אָמַר לָהּ קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, לָא אִיבְרֵי בָךְ עָלְמָא. נָפְקַת מִקַּמֵּיהּ.

The letter Pe entered and said: “Master of the world, it would be good to create the world with me, for the future liberation of the world is inscribed in me, as the word Pedut ["redemption"] begins with me. That is, liberation is deliverance from all suffering. And it is therefore fitting to create the world with me. The Creator answered her: “Though you are fine, the word begins with you and is secretly denoted by you, like a serpent that strikes and hides its head in its body. So a sinner bows his head, hiding from others’ eyes, but stretches out his hands to sin. So is the shape of the letter Peh, whose head is hidden inside it.” And the Creator also said to the letter Ayin that it would be unfitting to create the world with its properties, for within it is the property of Avon. ["inequity"] And though Ayin tried to object, saying that its properties are contained in the word Anavah, ["humility"] the Creator refused it nonetheless.

7 ז

עָאלַת אָת ס אָמְרָה קַמֵּיהּ, רִבּוֹן

The letter Samekh appeared before the Creator