Zohar Portion: Bo 14-16
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, נְטֵה יָדְךָ עַל-הַשָּׁמַיִם, וִיהִי חֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם; וְיָמֵשׁ, חֹשֶׁךְ.”
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.””
10:22 “וַיֵּט מֹשֶׁה אֶת-יָדוֹ, עַל-הַשָּׁמָיִם; וַיְהִי חֹשֶׁךְ-אֲפֵלָה בְּכָל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים.”
“So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.”
10:23 “ לֹא-רָאוּ אִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו, וְלֹא-קָמוּ אִישׁ מִתַּחְתָּיו–שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים; וּלְכָל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָיָה אוֹר, בְּמוֹשְׁבֹתָם.”
“They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived.”
Kabbalah teaches us that the last three plagues are the aspect of the top three Sefirot of Keter, Chokmah and Binah. In the human body they connect through the brain. Keter is the sub consciousness or the invisible antenna that link the physical brain with the spiritual system. Right brain is Chokmah, left brain is Binah. Darkness is when the ‘head’ is disconnected from the body. In the verse 10:21 we read “a darkness to be felt”. It means that in that state of darkness the body may have a sense of existence but cannot see the Light.
The Egyptians were disconnected from the upper three Sefirot and they were not able to move (10:23). The Israelites had the connection to the ten Sefirot and could see the Light.
Many of the Israelites died during the three days of darkness because they didn’t have the consciousness or the faith in the Redemption. Their separation from the unity of the Israelites brought mortality on them as if their head severed from their body. The Israelites connect through the ‘head’ and without it they cannot exist.
The sages tell us that there will be no conversions at the time of Mashiach and the Final Redemption. If a person did not go through breaking his negativity to connect to the Light then he cannot do it when the Light is revealed. It will be too late and the soul will get ‘stuck’ in its last state.
The world is in a state of darkness because most people are ‘locked’ in their personal Egypt. They are slaves to their material possessions and the desire for the self alone. It is like living in a body without a head.
When the light is revealed then those without ‘heads’ won’t be able to connect and experience the Light. They will be ‘frozen’ in a state of darkness.
(10:23) “but all the people of Israel had light where they lived.””
When Mashiach comes we want to experience the Light and that can be possible only for those who already have the head with the ability to connect. Those who connect to the Zohar are in an elevated state of consciousness that gives them the ‘head’ that will serve them well at the time of Mashiach and the Final Redemption in this life or the next.