R. Shimon began with the verse, “Wisdoms cry aloud in the streets; she utters her voice in the wide places (Heb. rechovot)” (Mishlei 1:20). This verse contains a deep mystery. “Wisdoms,” They are the upper wisdom, and the lower wisdom that is included and dwells within the upper one. “Cry aloud in the streets”:
Come and behold: The upper Chochmah (wisdom) is the most concealed of all. It is not to be known or revealed, as it is written, “Man cannot know its price” (Iyov 28:13), for when it was diffused in order to illuminate, it shined in the secret of the world to come. The world to come was created from it, as we learned, that the world to come was created by the Letter Yud, in which Chochmah (wisdom) was covered. And they became one when everything was adorned with the secret of the world to come. Everything then is joyfully luminous; everything is silent, never heard outside.
This upper wisdom is as a flash of lightening that enters into the mind. It is a revelation of creativity, by which the world is created continually.It is not heard by all men as its written “never heard outside”.
It wanted to illuminate further. Thus, from this place came fire, water, and wind, as we have learned.
Wisdom can emanate and create in the physical elements. Yet this is supernatural quality as the thing we call “wisdom” here is not some thing of this world. Creativity is a power that is from beyond oneself.
And they became one voice that went out and was heard. From then on, it assumed the aspect of “out.” For inside it is silent, SOUNDLESS, never to be heard.
Until it has become revealed
Now that the secret is heard, it is called “out.” From here on, it behooves a man to improve his deeds and ask. “In the wideness (Heb. rechovot).” What is the meaning of wideness?
If one walks upright doing good he can reach this place of wideness of wisdom.
This is the firmament where all the stars are shining. It is a spring “whose waters fail not” (Isaiah 58:11), as it is written, “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden” (Genesis 2:10).
One working with the flow of this wisdom becomes a partner with the God in Creation of the world and its renewal. We should merit to this in God’s Mercy.
It is called ‘Rechovot‘. There “she utters her voice,” the upper and the lower. And all is one. For that reason Solomon said, “Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field” (Mishlei 24: 27). “Prepare…outside” MEANS, as it is written, “cry aloud in the streets,”. For here work, can be corrected. And this may be sought, as it is written, “For ask now of the days that are past…and from the one side of heaven to the other” (Devarim 4:32). “And make it fit for yourself in the field.” This is “a field which God has blessed” (Beresheet 27: 27). After learning the mystery of wisdom and perfecting himself therein, it is then written, “and afterwards build your house” (Mishlei 24: 27). A HOUSE IS a man’s soul, that he will then fix within his body, to become a whole man. Therefore, when Yitzchak dug and formed the well peacefully, he called that “peace” Rechovot. And all was properly done. Happy are the Righteous, whose deeds before the Holy One, blessed be He, are to preserve the world, as it is written, “For the upright shall dwell in the land” (Mishlei 2:21), which should be read as, ’cause to dwell’, as was already explained.
So put your house in order, so that wisdom may cry out to you. And you will be able to hear. Then from this creative inspiration you be able to build with understanding Peace.