Et Comes To Add

כמה דאתחיל ברכה
Sefer HaBahir, verse 3 excerpt

Traditional interpretation: “… in order that it begin with a blessing.”

Liorah’s interpretation: “… (to discern) how many thirst to know enabled power to develop proper abilities.”

Now that Malchut has been raised as elucidated in the previous entry, Geut – Raising The Fallen, et את comes to add. As R’ Ariel Bar Tzadok has explained regarding the use of the participle et in Torah (be it the Written Torah or the Oral Torah, which includes Sefer HaBahir):

The elder said to him, “every time [the word] “Et” [is written in the Torah] it comes to add [something].

In this excerpt, את follows the letter dalet ד (shiflut and geut) and precedes the root חיל. The root חיל means to “enable”, “to concentrate power and resources”, and “develop abilities and power”. Consequently, with the word דאתחיל, et comes to add all these things to the kabbalist contemplating the words of this sefer, The Bahir.


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