Song of Songs 5:1
“בָּאתִי לְגַנִּי, אֲחֹתִי כַלָּה–אָרִיתִי מוֹרִי עִם-בְּשָׂמִי, אָכַלְתִּי יַעְרִי עִם-דִּבְשִׁי שָׁתִיתִי יֵינִי עִם-חֲלָבִי; אִכְלוּ רֵעִים, שְׁתוּ וְשִׁכְרוּ דּוֹדִים”
“”I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride; I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam. I have eaten my honeycomb and my honey; I have drunk my wine and my milk. Eat, friends; Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers.””
The Light of the Holy One Blessed Be He comes down to the garden, which is the six sefirot of Zeir Anpin, with the 12 connections that are the aspect of the 12 tribes, the children of Israel.
The ‘Amida’, or “the prayer of 18”, which is the silent prayer with 18 blessings, allows us to climb the Tree of Life. It connects us to the 6 sefirot and the aspect of the 12 connection.
Our prayers are built in ways that help us climb the Tree and draw Light from Binah.
Daily Zohar # 1775 – Vayikra – 18 rungs