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On Sukkot: Surrounded and Filled with Faith

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The following is a translation of Reb Zalman's text "On Sukkot" from his Sefer, Yishmiru Daat. The Hebrew/English version is at the bottom. Chag Sameach, Gabbai SethFishman, BLOG Editor

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And on Sukkot, the Sefirah of Tiferet lights up. Tiferet is associated with Yaakov, olav hashalom.

[The following is thescriptural basis for this association. Gabbai Seth]

(Genesis 33:17) "And for his cattle, he made Sukkot / booths."

And the Supernal Guests visit us each of the seven daysthe Sukkah structure stands,

[Every night, a different guest as follows. Male:1- Avraham(Chesed), 2- Yizchak (Gevurah), 3- Yaakov (Tiferet), 4- Moshe (Netzach), 5- Aharon (Hod), 6- Yosef (Yesod), 7- David (Malchut).Female: 1- Miriam (Chesed), 2- Leah (Gevurah), 3- Hannah (Tiferet), 4- Rivka (Netzach), 5- Sarah (Hod), 6- Tamar (Yesod) and 7- Rachel (Malchut).]

as Yaakov grows upinto Yisrael Saba, (Zohar I, 236).

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[Yaakov was renamed to Yisrael. The term, Yisrael Saba /grandfather Israel, refers to that aspect of Chochmah which we can access. Chochmah is way at the top of the tree and hasanother aspect that is beyond our access. From the Baumann text: "Each and every partzuf /interface to Godis divided into two levels"PartzufAbba / fatheris divided into Chochmah and Yisrael Saba." Think of Yisrael Saba as the exterior ofthe Sefirah of Chochmah.]

During the period, all the Sefirot of Z'er Anpin

[Z'er Anpin / the short face refers tothe followingsix Sefirot:Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod and Yesod. These sixare associated with the Vav of the divine name, Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh, and the world of Yetzirah.]

are made into a transport (or chariot)for Tiferet

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[Tiferet is translated asharmony or balance. It is commonly associated with Rachamim / mercy and is the union of Chesed / lovingkindness and Gevurah / strict justice. In the body, it is the torso or the heart-place and is associated with Yaakov.]

and they enter under the shadow of faith, for the faith surrounds, then enters the inside. (Leviticus 23:42) "In booths" - surrounding -"you shall dwell", in community, on the inside, "seven days" Z'er Anpin and Malchut (6 + 1, i.e. seven days) (Zohar III, 255), YHVH the Adonay / Lord, together makes 91,

[yod-heh-vav-heh plus aleph-daled-nun-yod, which means the higher worlds YHVH together with this world, Adonay; the union is a raising of this world, or redemption. The math is(yod (10) + heh (5) + vav (6) + heh (5) + aleph (1) + daled (4) + nun (50) + yod (10) = 91.]

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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, better known as "Reb Zalman," was born in Zholkiew, Poland, in 1924. Raised largely in Vienna, his family was forced to flee the Nazi oppression in 1938. After almost three years without roots, they finally landed in New York City in 1941, settling in (more...)

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