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Amon and Moav

The original Serpent in the Garden of Eden ate fruits from the tree, which is also
interpreted as drinking wine. Through this action, two negative energy forces came into
existence--[do not pronounce] malcon, and peor. The Zohar expounds upon these two
negative forces and how they manifest into our world to influence man. The two children
born from an incestuous relationship between Lot and his two daughters were the
physical manifestation of these two forces. King David, who is a descendant of these
offspring, used this tremendous negativity as a tool to take control over the two negative
forces. According to the laws of spirituality, in order to attain genuine control over any
situation or force, one must have some connection to it. It was destined that King David
be seeded with this negativity because he was ingrained with the spiritual strength
necessary to take control over it. The moment man seizes control over any negative
aspect of his nature, for example, the trait of jealousy, he immediately influences and
minimizes the force of jealousy in the entire world. The envy that lurks within in the
hearts of all men is rooted in one source. This principle holds true for all negative
qualities.

Sitrei Torah (Concealed Torah)

329. "And Lot went up out of Tzoar..." Because of the desire of the King, a bit of
refuse, which bears an engraved image, is separated from the right side and clings to
the refuse of the gold that comes from the left side. And it resides within the
'unholiness,'
which
was
shaped
into
the
image
of
the
tree.
330. When Yitzchak, WHO IS THE LEFT COLUMN OF HOLINESS, wanted to rise
up in the world, by the might of the harsh Judgment, he overcame the grades OF THE
LEFT AND severed them from their sustenance. THIS IS HOW THE RIGHT
COLUMN, CALLED Avraham, became strong. He therefore separated that figure
from
the
Unholiness.
331. The primordial Serpent penetrated the fruits of that Tree, this being the wine that
it drank. And it begot two grades that are interrelated and surround the side of

Unholiness.

One

is

called

Malcom,

and

the

other

Peor.

332. One is a hidden advice. The other is an open advice. AND HE EXPLAINED
THAT Peor is revealed, and all its actions, ITS DEEDS, are performed in the open.
Malcom, in contrast, is hidden, and all its actions, ITS DEEDS, are secretive. These
kinds of Unholy elements were separated and went forth, surrounding the Great Sea,
WHICH IS THE NUKVA, and each and every aspect of impurity turns towards its
place.
333. In the same manner, WHAT OCCURS IN THE UPPER WORLDS HAPPENS
WITH THE SOULS down below. Lot, WHO IS THE REFUSE OF THE RIGHT,
separated himself from Avraham and dwelt among the people of S'dom, WHO ARE
THE REFUSE OF THE GOLD THAT COMES FROM THE LEFT. AND HE
ACHIEVED COMPLETION FROM THEM, AS IS EXPLAINED IN THE UPPER
WORLDS. When the Judgment was aroused and they were overthrown, THE HOLY
ONE, BLESSED BE HE, remembered Avraham, and saved LOT. Thus, Lot was
separated from THE UNHOLINESS OF S'DOM AND RETURNED TO THE HOLY
SIDE.
334. His daughters made him drink wine, WHICH IS THE SECRET OF THE
PRIMORDIAL SERPENT, and they bore him two nations. One was named Amon,
which is hidden, and the other Moav, which is revealed. The grade of Amon is THE
IDOL Malcom, the adviser of concealment. The grade of Moav is Peor, which is
completely
revealed.
335. His daughters behaved similarly. One said, "Ben-Ami (lit. 'son of my people') I
have a son from my nation," but she did not name the father. This is why he is related
to the concealed aspect. The other daughter said, "Moav he came from my father
(Me'av). I have borne a son from my father." Thus, this son's grade is Peor, the
unconcealed
aspect.
336. King David was attached to both AMON AND MOAV, because Rut issued from
Moav and King David from her. And David was enthroned by the crown of Amon,
which was a testimony to the seed of David. As it is written: "And he brought forth the
king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony" (II Melachim
11:12). This crown came from Malcom, which is the grade of the children of Amon, as
it is written: "And he took their king's (Heb. malcam) crown" (II Shmuel 12:30).

337. Malcom is the grade of the children of Amon. As it is written: "and it was set on
David's head" (II Shmuel 12:30). And from then on, it became an everlasting testimony
for his sons after him. Through it, it became evident who are of the sons of David and
worthy of kingship. IF HE WAS ABLE TO BEAR THE CROWN UPON HIS HEAD,
then they said that he is certainly from the seed of David. Even on the day he was born,
he was already able to bear the weight of the crown upon his head, though it was heavy
with gold and a precious stone. Others, WHO WERE NOT FROM DAVID'S SEED,
could not bear it. Therefore, it is written about Yoash: "and he put the crown upon him,
and
gave
him
the
testimony."
338. King David was attached to both of these grades. They are the might of his
kingdom. Through them, he was able to overcome all other nations. If he had not been
included within their aspects, he would not have been able to overcome them. So all
the grades of all the other nations of the world were included within David, so that he
could
overcome
them.
339. "And Lot went up out of Tzoar, and dwelt in the mountain." It is written: "The
leech hath two daughters, crying: Give, give..." (Mishlei 30:15). These are the two
daughters of the Evil Inclination who arouse the Evil Inclination to rule the body. One
is the Nefesh that constantly grows within the body; the other is the Nefesh that lusts
after evil desires of this world. The latter is the firstborn, while the former, THE FIRST
ONE,
is
the
younger.
340. The Evil Inclination always clings to both of these SOULS in order to seduce
human beings and make them trust it, SO THAT IT MAY lead them to the place
WHERE THEY ARE SHOT BY the 'Arrows of Death' and torn into shreds, as it is
written: "Till a dart strike through his liver..." (Mishlei 7:23).
341. AND THIS IS SIMILAR to those thieving bandits in the mountains who hide in a
frightening spot to which most people refrain from traveling. How do they bring
people to that place? They choose from among them the one who has the sharpest
tongue, one who knows how to tempt people. This one leaves them and travels on the
main path TO THE PLACE through which all people pass. As soon as he arrives there
and meets them, NAMELY, THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD, he joins them.
HE PULLS THEM INTO HIS NET AND BRINGS THEM TO THAT EVIL SPOT
WHERE THE OTHER BANDITS WAIT TO ROB AND MURDER THEM. THIS IS
HOW THE EVIL INCLINATION WORKS. IT SEDUCES HUMAN BEINGS AND
PERSUADES THEM TO HAVE FAITH IN IT, WHILE IT BRINGS THEM TO THE
PLACE OF THE "ARROWS OF DEATH."
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