i. See Pardes, Shaar 8, ch. 2, which cites the statement of Sefer HaBahir: “Why are they called Sefiros?This recalls [the phrase (Tehillim 19:2)]: Hashamayim mesaprim, ‘The heavens relate....’” Note also the Zohar, [Vol. II,] Parshas Terumah, [p.] 136b: “What is the intent of the term mesaprim? Shining.”

ii. See the Zohar, [Vol. III,] Parshas Emor, p. 97, [which compares the seven weeks of the Counting of the Omer to a woman’s seven days of purification].

iii. See the relevant statements in Shmos Rabbah, the end of Parshas Bo, and in the Mechilta, Parshas Bo, sec. 7, also cited in the Yalkut Shimoni.

See also Tanya, ch. 31, [which explains that the Jews fled Egypt because they had not refined themselves and did not desire to expose the evil within themselves to the undesirable influences of Egypt, lest they experience a spiritual descent]. See also [Torah Or, p. 30d,] the end of Parshas Vayeishev, the end of the maamar entitled Ko Amar... Venasati Lecha Mehalchim, which states: “In the ultimate future, when [the Divine light that] is sovev kol almin will be revealed... even the shov will reflect a forward movementlike the ratzo.” [See also] the maamar entitled VeHayah Mispar Bnei Yisrael, [Likkutei Torah, Bamidbar, p. 6a, which states that] in the ultimate future, “the positive dimension of the arousal from below will be great and elevated to an infinite degree.”

From all this, one can understand the intent [of the prophecy: “You shall] not [depart] in haste.”

iv. Note the maamar entitled Mah Yafu Paamaiyich,[Likkutei Torah, Shir HaShirim, p. 43c].

v. See the interpretation of the verse, [Vayikra 1:2]: “A man of you shall offer... you shall offer...,” [Likkutei Torah, Vayikra 3a]. Consult that source.

vi. Note Zohar, [Vol. III,] Parshas Balak, p. 188b.

vii. See the statements at the end of the maamar entitled Va’eira El Avraham,[Torah Or, p. 56d,which speaks of the identification with G‑d’s word established through Torah study].

viii. Note the passage in the Zohar, [Vol. II,] Parshas Tetzaveh, p. 182b, beginning “Since”; and that on p. 183a which states: “Until the Torah was brought forth.” Note the later statements [in this text].