Come and see: Elijah said [to G‑d]: "have You also brought evil upon the widow with whom I lodge?", because G‑d said to Elijah, "behold, I have commanded a widow there to sustain you". (I Kings 17:9) Whoever nourishes and sustains the needy, especially in days of famine is united with and cleaves to the Tree of Life and draws life unto himself and his children, as has already been explained. Now, Elijah said: Whoever sustains one soul in the world merits life and merits to be united with the Tree of Life [the world to come]. Yet now the tree of death, the evil side, has power over the widow whom You commanded to sustain me. Hence "have You brought evil."

What if you say that no evil is brought on man by G‑d. Come and see: When a man walks to the right [the side of Holiness], G‑d always protects him and the Other Side cannot have mastery over him. Evil is subdued before him and cannot rule. When the protection of G‑d is removed because he cleaved to evil, then evil sees him unprotected, obtains power, and comes to destroy him. Then is given permission to take away his soul.

Moses said [to G‑d]: "why have You dealt ill," because the evil side was given permission to reign over Israel who became its slaves [by way of the Egyptians]. Another explanation of "why have You dealt ill" is that he saw many die and be given to the side of evil.

Come and see: When good, the right [yesod, on the right and called 'good'] is aroused [to unite with malchut in the center], then gladness, goodness, and blessings abide [from tiferet], and all is in secrecy, as has already been explained that we say, 'Blessed be the name of His kingdom for ever and ever' [after the first verse of Shema Yisroel] in a whisper. [The secret of unification is in a whisper and in modesty so the kelipot are not aware of it.] And this secrecy is in order that unification be then carried out properly.

BeRahamim LeHayyim: Why did the Ari and Chida include this, and what are they trying to teach us?

Some say, "You made your own bed, now sleep in it." That is a harsh judgment to help people understand one's own dire predicament, yet helpful to remedy one's current disappointing circumstances which CAME FROM G-D!

How we use our desire is the work of a lifetime. Can we focus toward life, light, and connection? We are promised that if we veer right — "Choose life!", toward expansion, toward union, then blessings will abound. If we choose death, Heaven help us, not so good.

All is in the hands of Heaven save the fear of Heaven. Not an easy thing, but one certainly worth aspiring to.

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


Bracketed annotations from Metok Midevash and Sulam commentaries
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