YHVH said to Abram
"Go forth from your land, your place of birth, your father's house
to the land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you;
he who curses you I will curse;
all the families of the earth will bless themselves by you. "
Abram went forth as YHVH had directed him
and Lot went with him.
Rabbi Jacob son of Idi said
"All soul-breaths of the righteous
have been carved from the bedrock of the Throne of Glory
to guide the body like a father guiding his son.
For without the soul-breath, the body could not conduct itself,
would not be aware of the Will,
could not actualize the Will of its Creator.
As Rabbi Abbahu has said:
'The soul-breath directs and trains the human being
and initiates him into every straight path.'
When the Blessed Holy One sends her from the place of holiness
He blesses her with seven blessings,
as it is written:
'YHVH said to Avram,'
this is the soul-breath
who is av, 'a father,' to teach the body
and ram, 'high' above him
for she has come from a high and lofty place.
What does He say to her?
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Publication information: Book title: Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment. Contributors: Daniel Chanan Matt - Translator. Publisher: Paulist Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1983. Page number: 60.
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