1. The Lily

The secret of spiritual protection is revealed through a richly metaphorical discourse given by Rabbi Chizkiyah. The Rabbi explains that the spiritual forces that protect and watch over us are called the 13 Attributes of Mercy. They are transmitted into our physical world through the first 13 words of the Torah. When judgments are decreed against us, these 13 forces can safeguard us from their influence. We begin drawing this Light of protection to ourselves at the very moment we begin to browse and behold the mystical shapes and sequences of the Aramaic text, and to learn the spiritual insights presented there.

1. Rabbi Chizkiyah opened the discussion with the verse, "As the lily amongst the thorns" (Shir Hashirim 2:2). HE ASKS: What is the lily? AND HE REPLIES: It is the Community of Yisrael (Israel), WHICH IS MALCHUT. Because there is a A Picture of the hebrew letters onelily; and there is a lily. Just as the lily among the thorns is tinged with red and white, so is the Community of Yisrael affected by the qualities of judgment and mercy. Just as the lily has thirteen petals, so the Community of Yisrael is surrounded by the thirteen attributes of Mercy. Thus, between the first mention of the name Elohim, WHICH APPEARS IN THE PASSAGE,

(BERESHEET 1:1) (Gen 1:1)

"IN THE BEGINNING ELOHIM CREATED"

TO THE SECOND MENTION OF ELOHIM, THERE ARE THIRTEEN WORDS IN THE VERSE, WHICH TRANSLATE AS

"THE, HEAVEN, AND THE, EARTH, AND THE EARTH, WAS, WITHOUT FORM, AND VOID, AND DARKNESS, WAS UPON, THE FACE, OF THE DEEP, AND THE SPIRIT"

(IBID. 2).

These words surround and guard the Community of Yisrael.

2. After this, THE NAME ELOHIM is mentioned another time in the passage
(BERESHEET 1:2) (Gen 1:1)

"ELOHIM MOVED UPON" .

And why is it mentioned again? In order to bring out the five rigid leaves that surround the lily. And these five LEAVES represent the five gates of salvation. And this secret is written about in the verse,

(Tehilim 116:13) (Psalms 116:13)

"I will raise the cup of salvation".

This is the 'cup of benediction' that is raised after the meal. The cup of benediction must rest on five fingers,Text of the Lilly 2 in Hebrew and no more, just as the lily rests on five rigid leaves that represent the five fingers. And this lily is the cup of benediction. FROM THE second to the third mention of the NAME Elohim, there are five words, WHICH TRANSLATE AS "MOVED, OVER, THE SURFACE, OF THE WATERS, AND SAID."

AND THESE WORDS PARALLEL THE FIVE LEAVES. From this point, THE VERSE CONTINUES,
"ELOHIM SAID... LET THERE BE LIGHT"
(Beresheet 1:3).

After this light was created, it was concealed and enclosed within that Brit (covenant) that entered the lily and fructified it. This is referred to as "a tree bearing fruit whose seed is within it" (Ibid. 11) and this seed is the Brit.

3. And just as the Brit is sown by forty-two matings from that same seed, The Lilly in Hebrew 3so the engraved and holy name is sown by the forty-two letters that describe the act of creation.