Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("RaMChaL"):
138 Openings of Wisdom
Some repairs come to prepare the flow of blessing, others to channel it.
The purpose of the various different repairs is in some cases thereby to channel the flow of blessing while in others it is to prepare and rectify the actual flow itself.
This is a general rule that applies to all the different repairs found in the Partzufim. Our purpose here is to understand how it applies to the Repairs of the Beard. (The 13 "Repairs" of the Beard of Arich Anpin - the 13 Attributes of Mercy, as signified by differing arrangements of the hairs in different locations of the beard - are elaborated in the Idra Rabba.)
The purpose of the various different repairs. All the different kinds of repairs found in all places fall under one of the following two categories.
.is in some cases thereby to channel the flow of blessing. In the case of the Beard, the repairs that channel the flow of blessing are the Two Mazalot - Notzer, the eighth, and Venakei, the thirteenth attribute. ("Why is this noble thread - the Beard - called Mazal? Because from it hang constellations and constellations - higher and lower." - Idra Rabba 134a.) The specific purpose of the Two Mazalot is to drawn down and reveal the light of Arich Anpin in Zeir Anpin.
.while in others it is to prepare and rectify the actual flow itself. In the case of the Beard this applies to all the other repairs besides those of Notzer and Venakei.
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