Petach 56

אף על פי שמספר הרבוע, שהוא ע”ב, ישנו בכל השמות, אין נחשב להם אלא מה שהוא פרטי להם, כל אחד בפני עצמו. רק ב”ן, שאין לו בפני עצמו – נחשב לו מה שיש לו.וזה מראה שלכל אחד יש הוראה שוה בתחלה, אפילו בבחינת הפשוט, כי זה לפי מציאותם.

אך בהמלאם, שהם משתנים זה מזה, ניתן לכל אחד הוראה בפני עצמה, לפי הפעולה שהוא פועל בפני עצמו. וב”ן שאינו פועל בפני עצמו, אלא שמקבל מה שנותנים לו, לכן אין לו הוראה אחרת, ומתחבר עם האחרים בהוראה הראשונה הכללית:

Although the quadrupled number representation of the Tetragrammaton written out as Y, Y-H, Y-H-V, and Y-H-V-Y , which is, i.e., equals the value of, AV which is 72, is contained in all of the names of AV, SaG, MaH, and BaN, still and all the point must be made that only what’s particular to each name is considered intrinsic to it. But in the case of BaN which doesn’t have its own unique value it’s true that what’s there, i.e., the simple spelling of Y-H-V-H, is considered intrinsic to it. This shows that each name has the same value at first in its simple layout, because this is its essential makeup.

But when their letters are filled out, their values change, and they become different from one another, each name is given a value of its own based on its specific function. And BaN, which doesn’t have a specific function but takes what’s given it instead, has no other value than the simple spelling of Y-H-V-H, and it joins in with the others in the original general value.

(c) 2013 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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