The entire sacrifice goes to the side of holiness, [as it] is the portion of holiness and its desire. That [Other] Side receives the portion of all the sins and iniquities given by the confession over the flesh of that offering, as it is written, "If your enemy be hungry, give him bread...for [by giving him his portion] you shall be heaping coals of fire [on his head", for you are silencing him from a justifiable complaint] (Proverbs 25:21-22) And the sign [to this is hinted at in the verse]: "let the king and Haman come this day to the banquet". (Esther 5:4) [Esther understood that Haman should also receive his portion in the feast, whereby his downfall would come.] Fortunate is he who knows His ways, to walk the path of truth.

Whoever knows not how to arrange the praise of his Master, it is better for him not to have been created. The prayer should bring wholeness above, by thought [proper concentration, related to chochma], heart's desire [related to bina, for the heart understands], voice [related to tiferet], and words of the mouth [malchut, which is found in the mouth], all [unified together properly] to create perfection, connection and unification Above. As perfection comes from Above downward [in a gradual succession from Ein-Sof to chochma through bina and tiferet and finally to malchut], so the connection should be properly made from below upward.

This secret [to be careful that all these four be complete] is for the Colleagues, so they may walk the true path. Thought [chochma], will [bina], voice [tiferet], and speech [Shechinah-malchut] are the four that tie knots. After they tied knots together, they became one Chariot, so the Shechinah may dwell upon them. They then turn into four pillars to bedeck and support the Shechinah with all these supernal knots.

Thought [chochma] produces will [bina] which comes out of thought, then produces a voice which is heard. That sound that is heard ascends and binds knots from below upwards, connects the lower chambers [tiferet and malchut] with the upper chambers [chochma and bina]. The sound [of the one praying with devotion in this lower world] which connects and silently [during the silent Amida prayer] draws blessings from high Above, supported by those four pillars: thought, will, voice, and speech, supported by the end of the knot [malchut] where everything is bound together and becomes one.

Worthy is the man who ties the knots of his Master and produces proper pillars, who is intent upon all the things we said. Worthy is he in this world and in the World to Come.

BeRahamim LeHayyim: We can "feel" that what happens below is motivated by something above. Every blade of grass has an angel cheerleader chanting "Grow, Grow, Grow." But are we also sensitive to the spiritual fact that what we do below effects above?

With the indescribably momentous loss of our Holy Temple, we have as substitution the words of our mouth for the bullocks we used to offer. So to tie together our thought, heart's desire, voice, and words, we similarly unify G‑d's Name, Havayah: Yud and Hei and Vav and Hei above. Thus our prayers can similarly affect supernal realms as did the entire Temple sacrifice service. If one element is missing, say for example the words—one just thinks the process out—nothing happens. So too, unfortunately, if one just "mouths" the words. Thought combined with desire expressed through the voice and the words that emanate, now we're talking unification!

Come together, right now, all of these 4 elements, please G‑d!

May the moment when you choose to pray be a Time of Desire, and may the words of your mouth, and the meditations of your heart be desired before G‑d, our Rock and Redeemer.

What does the above mean to you, and why is it revealed to you now?


[Bracketed annotations from Metok Midevash and Sulam commentaries]