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Bringing Kingdoms to the King
Kabbalah explains how all elements of Creation were rectified via Temple sacrifices
Divine sparks from the shattered vessels of the world of Tohu are embedded within all aspects and facets of reality in all the lower worlds. Sacrificial service in the Holy Temple released these sparks from their existential entrapment in anti-spirituality and allowed them to ascend back to their source, spiritualizing reality in the process.
Oaths of Ancient Kings
An individual is required to offer a guilt-offering if he swore to do or not do something and then forgot about his oath and transgressed it. The word for "oath" is "shavua", which grammatically is the passive form of the word for "seven" [in Hebrew, "sheva"].

Thus, a person taking an oath can be considered to have "seventh-ed" himself. The mystical interpretation of an oath is a manipulation of the name Havayah using seven letters, providing sustenance for the Seven Kings, the seven lower sefirot of the world of Tohu.
Harshness and Honey
Kabbalah teaches that Temple offerings are meant to sweeten the world.
It was prohibited to bring any leavened substance (chametz) or honey as an offering upon the altar. The Ari teaches that whatever is associated with severe judgment must not be burned on the altar in order not to arouse these divine attributes. Each substance has its particular spiritual root: chametz is associated with immature judgment, whereas honey is associated with mature judgment.
Four Holy Faces
Four Holy Faces
One can choose to which chariot's influence he submits himself.
The "Divine Chariot" is borne by four celestial beings. The kosher domesticated animals of this world are derived from the face of the ox in the Chariot; the permitted wild animals are derived from the face of the lion; the permitted birds are derived from the face of the eagle. The animal soul of man descends from the human face of the Chariot.
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