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Zohar - I 034a – The Letter Samekh

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Zohar I 34a [translated by Gershom Scholem] – The Letter Samekh

The female was fastened to the side of the male, and God cast the male into a deep slumber and he lay on the site of the Temple. God then cut the female from him and decked her as a bride and led her to him…………………….

Why not face to face?   For the reason that heaven and earth were not in complete harmony, "the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth" {Gen. 2:5}. When the lower union was rendered perfect and Adam and Eve turned face to face, then was the upper union perfected.

……………… the letter samekh, which signifies "support" as much as to say that male and female they now supported the one the other. In likewise, do the lower world and the upper sustain each other. Not until the lower world was made perfect, was the other world also made perfect. When the lower world was made to support the upper, by being turned face to face with it, the world was then finished, for previously "the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth."

Then, "There went up a mist from the earth" {Gen. 2:6} to make up for the lack, by "watering the whole face of the ground" {ibid.} and the mist rising is the yearning of the female for the male. Yet another interpretation says that we take the word "not" from the first verse to use in the second with "mist," and this means that God failed to send rain because a mist had not gone up, for from below must come the impulse to move the power above.

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