She is locked behind ivory bars
opened only with a skeleton key
fashioned from one of Adam’s ribs.
She counts time to the beat of a heart
and the pulsing of blood through veins and arteries
pondering her confined and confusing predicament.
For she was innocent of any crime –
and pleaded innocence,
and yet willingly serves time.
When offered her nightly parole
she returns each morning to her cell,
anticipating something great
something of eternal value
of which she will play a small role.
She can only pray that upon her final return home
into the arms of He who breathed life into her
she will have faithfully abided by
And yes, to plead as well on behalf of her cellmate
on the other side of her cell
with whom she shared time
and who served a life sentence with no parole.
She tried to be a good influence on him.
After all, he grew up on the other side of the tracks.
וכמו שכתוב בעץ חיים, שער כ״ו כי הנשמה עצמה אינה צריכה תיקון כלל כו׳
It is likewise written (in Etz Chayim, Portal 26) that the [divine] soul itself does not need perfecting at all…;
ולא הוצרכה להתלבש בעולם הזה וכו׳ רק להמשיך אור לתקנם כו׳
and there is no need for it to be embodied in this world, in a body and vital soul… except to draw down light to perfect them — the vital soul and the body…
והוא ממש דוגמת סוד גלות השכינה לברר ניצוצין וכו׳
and this parallels exactly the mystery of “the exile of the Shechinah,” whose purpose is to refine the sparks of holiness which fell into the kelipot; so too does the divine soul enter into exile within the body and vital soul in order to perfect them, and to extract from them the sparks of holiness which they contain.
– Tanya, Chapter 37