108. And who are the Officers? We learned that there are three. #strength (#Gevurah) is the Officer of all the Holy Forms to the left of the Blessed Holy One. He is #gabriel. The Officer of all the Holy Forms to His right is #michael. In the middle is #truth. This is #uriel, the Officer of all the Holy Forms [in the center].111 Each Officer is over 24 Forms. But there is no reckoning of his troops, as it is written (Job 25:3), “Is there a number to His troops?” But if so, then there are 72 plus 72 [making a total of 144]112 He said: This is not the case. For when Israel brings a #sacrifice before their Father in heaven, they are #united together. This is the #unification of our God. 109. Why is a sacrifice called a #karban [which means “bringing close”]? Because it brings the Forms of the Holy Powers close. It is thus written (#Ezekiel 37:17), “And you shall join one of them to the other, making one stick, and they shall become one in your hands.” And why is [the sacrifice] called a “#pleasantfragrance ”? Fragrance is only in the nose. The #sense of smell is through breath, and this is nowhere but in the nose.113 “Pleasant” (nicho'ach) means nothing other than “#descending.” It is thus written (Leviticus 9:22), “And he descended,” and the Targum translates this as VeNachit [having the same #root as nicho'ach]. The fragrance-spirit descends and unifies itself with those Holy Forms, bringing itself close through the sacrifice. It is for this reason that [a sacrifice] is called a Karban.