The Ten Martyrs and the Three Bodies (Chapter 5)
This chapter asks the question why do the righteous suffer. Discussion revolves around the Ten Martyrs in Roman times, and also discusses from the Zohar (Pikudei 254b) the fate of the four who entered the Pardes. This lesson is expressed using a very deep set of metaphors, such as the drops of semen that emanated from the toes of Joseph, the shattered vessels of the fallen Kings, the Shakh dinim, the elevation of MAN, and the union of MAH and BEN. Most of these concepts are explained in proper detail in our Otzrot Hayim audio series, and is also briefly covered in my e-book Basic Kabbalistic Concepts and Terminologies. While this class does break down and explain all the metaphors used in the text, a full and deep understanding of the material should include a review of the other material.