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The Zohar continues the discussion about the suffering of the righteous people.
When judgment is spread in the world because of the increase of evil actions then the righteous are held responsible for that. One reason is for not speaking out and teaching the people to follow the righteous path. The righteous still need to suffer and die so the wicked people can stay alive and have more opportunities to make corrections.
For most people it doesn’t make sense but from the righteous point of view, this is one of the greatest rewards God is giving them.
On the individual levels we work hard, accepting physical pain and/or mental stress in order to achieve some goal. It could be for a better pay at the end of month. It could be hard work and pinching pennies to save for a new house, car or a dream vacation.
The righteous see the correction of the world as part of their responsibility and adopt it as their Tikkun process. Physical suffering and death is only indication that their work is accepted and have positive spiritual effect on the world. Death is the reward and release from the Tikun process. It is like getting out of a hard labor camp.
When a righteous passes away, this event is called ‘Hillulah’, meaning ‘celebration’. Spiritually it is like a wedding ceremony where their soul comes in unification with the Light. There is nothing that gives the soul greater joy than that.
One of our highest prayers is the Shema Israel. The Holy Ari tells us that before we recite the prayer we should meditate to accept on ourselves the four types of death
י – א – סקילה – Stoning – Chokmah
ה – ד – שריפה – Burning – Binah
ו – נ – הרג – Sword – Zeir Anpin
ה – י – חנק – Choking – Malchut
We also should meditate to fuse our soul as one with Adam that is the source of all Israelites souls.
Names and meditation scanning for the Shema Israel (Thanks to Al Z.)