Daily Zohar # 1005 – How far can you shine?

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Tikkun 70 – 110

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In the previous lesson we read a story in the Zohar about Rabbi Shimon and friends that came to Rabbi Kruspedai’s mother’s house. She prepared food and candles for them to study Torah. They realized that she had no knowledge that her son passed away in another place and they didn’t want to tell her and become the cause of her death that could come from such saddening news.

She served them food and encouraged them to say words of Torah as it is important part of the meal. The study of Torah during the meal and before the blessing of the food transforms the physical food into spiritual energy.

Since Torah study is a joyous act, it is not allowed in a place of mourning, unless it is about the soul.

Rabbi Shimon opens the study about the first word of the Torah and reveals to us new aspects of it.

Genesis 1:1
” בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ “
” In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
The Zohar tells us the word בְּרֵאשִׁית, “In the Beginning”, is the aspect of the soul that was in the mother’s womb, which is Binah, before the creation of the worlds below.

1:2 ” וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ, וְחֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם “
” Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep”

When the child is born, he is in darkness and without ability to see the world around him.

1:3 ” וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, יְהִי אוֹר; וַיְהִי-אוֹר”
“And God said: ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light”

Then the child opens his eyes and sees the light in this world.

1:9 ” וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, יִקָּווּ הַמַּיִם מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמַיִם אֶל-מָקוֹם אֶחָד, וְתֵרָאֶה, הַיַּבָּשָׁה”
” And God said: ‘Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.”

When the soul leaves the world, it is the aspect of the gathering of the water into one place, leaving behind dry land, which is a state of no life.

When Rabbi Kruspedai’s mother heard the discussion about the soul, she understood that her son may not be alive. She told them that the candles she lit usually have brighter and wider range of colors of light, now they were dimmed.

Rabbi Shimon and his friends left but the story continued. She went out, found a pigeon and bound her with sacred words from the story of the Flood and Noah’s pigeon to go and check if her son was alive or dead. The pigeon came back in the evening pulling her wings and making a dig like a grave. The mother saw that, screamed with pain and her soul left the world.

The resting place of Rabbi Kruspedai

Rabbi Kruspedai was a high soul and a great righteous person that the light he revealed had no boundaries. His mother could tell about her son from the light of the candles she lit.

The Zohar mentions in the portion of Shelach lecha that Rabbi Kruspedai was a great channel to the Sefirah of Yessod and he went up to read the Torah only for the Sixth reading (Yessod) of Shabbat .

We are far from being righteous as Rabbi Kruspedai but we should remember that our souls have the ability to shine to farther distances that we can imagine. All our actions should be pure, even if they happen inside closed doors.

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9 Responses to Daily Zohar # 1005 – How far can you shine?

  1. avatar doris says:

    I love this beautiful Story Thank you Zion
    Blessings

  2. avatar Sarah says:

    Zion
    Thank you
    And thank you
    for the picture
    we feel in Tsfat forest…
    Bliss & Love

    Sarah

  3. avatar Lea says:

    Thank you Zion,
    for the picture of Rabi Kruspedai, so peaceful resting place,
    and for the explanation of another secret of Love to Life.

    It is possible to learn that the Loving mother senses what strange happens with her ​​children, is part of her nature.
    Indeed, all we need is Love, isnt it?…

    May God protect us all,
    Lea

    • avatar Zion Nefesh says:

      It is definitely true that the mother feels the child existence, pain etc. The child is part of her, even though the umbilical cord was cut off and the child continued breathing and living independently, the spiritual connection is always there. Obviously and because of the Tikkun process there are different levels of spiritual connection between the mother and child but the connection is always there. This is one of the reason for the commandment of ‘Honor you father and mother…’.
      Spiritually speaking, all people are a Tree of Life when you reconnect back all the umbilical cords to their roots. (What a picture would it be?)

      The Zohar story of this section also conceals secrets about our connection to the level of Binah (Mother).

      • avatar Lea says:

        Spiritually speaking,

        the picture of the Tree of Life that comes to my mind, would be extremely harmonious emanating all hues, bright and ethereal -- the most wonderful painting of the Grand Artist.
        The Tree of Life would have flexible beautiful beings that resemble the human form, connected by a very long and flexible silver wire to a single trunk. This trunk would be unbreakable, both strong and extremely flexible.
        The Tree of Life would have extremely strong roots, which were deeply rooted in the Infinite Light -- the source of nutrition for the Tree.
        As a consequence all beings connected to this trunk would be nourished by the same Infinite Light, meaning Understanding between everyone and everything.

        Thanks for the moment poetry…

      • avatar Deborah G says:

        Wow, how beautiful this Dz was and your comment filled me with awe & love. As a mother, I am aware that all you say is true (emet) and as one whose own mother has passed from this earth (Anna--may she be bundled in the bundle of life and rest in the garden of Eden), I say Thank you, and thanks be to The Holy Blessed One for all the DZ light he sends to us through you, DZ, and DZ family
        light-love to all!!

  4. avatar doris says:

    It is so true your comment Zion, I have always felt when any of my children have been in danger, you know it you can feel it sometimes you just wake up and you know that you have to pray for one of them I bless so much G-D for that knowledge because it is something that never ends.
    Blessings to All my DZ family

  5. avatar Chris says:

    Zion how does Torah study transform food into spiritual energy? Wouldn’t the body do that anyway ie transform food into life force and vitality?

    Why is the connection between a mother and child far deeper and stronger than between the father and his children? (Even when the parents spend very little time with their kids) Thanks.

  6. avatar Rafi says:

    Excellent question which troubled me for some time in past years until I applied the Ari”zl’s teachings as a tool of deeper analysis. In this case, simply add the numerical (gem’) value of the two Hebrew words for “Father-and-Mother -- אמא ואבא.” This yields 52, which is the value of “Ben -- Son,” thereby proving that its the perpetual union between Chochma & Bina, known as Aba & Ema that creates (& sustains) life. And all worlds (dimensions, realities) couldn’t exist without our constant connection to or Parents. But since Aba is unseen, always inside Ema, it seems to our (feeble & impoverished) understanding that the umbilical cord is only connected to Mother. This can be seen by the spelling of Ema, in various translations of the Etz Chyim as אימא -- Eyma. Note the addition of the extra letter “yod” adds an extra ten (10) to 42. (remember the 42 letters of creation? Yes, its the 32 times Eloki”m is proclaimed with the ten (10) Sefirot, in the first chapter… בראשית.


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