Hayyim Vital, ’Arba‘ Me’ot Sheqel Kesef (Cracow, 1886), 27c-d


The point of the feminine in the end of the ten [points] is itself related to Yesod, the aspect of the seventh point in relation to him, the crown on the head of the righteous, which is Yesod… for this point was in the aspect of Keter that is within her. Therefore, it is called ‘atarah, for [the words] keter and ‘atarah have the same meaning, for ‘atarah has the connotation of surrounding (sibbuv), as [in the verse] “[Saul and his men] were trying to encircle (‘otrim) David and his men” (1 Sam. 23-26), and keter is from the expression ‘[For the villain] hedges in (makhtir) the just man” (Hab. 1-4), and from the expression “crown” (koteret), for Keter encompasses the four brains in the secret of the skull, and similarly the ‘Atarah encompasses the head of Yesod in the secret of of “the crowns are on the heads of the righteous.” It follows that the crown of the phallus (‘ateret yesod) is itself the point of Malkhut in the aspect of the crown (keter) that is within her.

Translated by Elliot Wolfson in, “Coronation of the Sabbath Bride- Kabbalistic Myth and the Ritual of Androgynisation,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 6 (1997)- 301-344.

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