2 Samuel 7:23
“ וּמִי כְעַמְּךָ כְּיִשְׂרָאֵל, גּוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ”
“And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth ”
The Zohar quotes this verse from King David’s prayer and thanks to God. The Zohar focuses on the word ‘One’. God chose the Israelites to be a nation of one that is like the name of God. The word ‘one’ , אחד has the numerical value of 13, same as for ‘Love’, אהבה, and the connection to the precepts of the Torah with love adds 13 and together 26, that makes a unification with YHVH, יהוה (=26).
The Zohar emphasizes that there is no unification or connection to holiness of the Light without the aspect of ‘one’. One is the aspect of unity that creates circuit of energy that brings the light into the vessel.
The Zohar asks: when is a person called ‘one’? and answers: when he is in male and female with the pure consciousness of sanctification.
The beginning of Kedoshim, we read in Leviticus 19:2
“דַּבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם–קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ: כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם”
““Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I YHVH your God am holy.”
God expects us to be holy and one with him. The Torah is the channel of the light of Zeir Anpin. It has male energy. The Zohar itself is the study of the Torah and it creates the unification to Zeir Anpin. With that the Zohar forms a channel from Binah to Malchut for the ultimate unification of Light and Vessel.
When we study the Zohar, we make unification with it. We get elevated to a higher spiritual level, matching each one of us to the level of effort we put in making the Zohar connection. The good news is that as we grow our vessel we get more of that light that brings us closer to what God is expecting from us.
Most of us have a long way to go but as long as we are on the right path we gain more of that holiness level.
A precept, מצוה, the last two letters that are closer to us represent Zeir Anpin וV and Malchut Hה. When we act on a percept, we transform the first two letters, מצ (numerically 130) to YH יה. These letters, in special Gimatria, are called ATBASH אתבש becomes יהYH. That completes the name YHVH and we have unification that draws the light from upper to lower.
The Zohar and the sages tell us that the entire Torah is a name of God. That makes every letter of the Torah, a precept. In almost every paragraph of the Zohar we find a quote from the Torah or the Bible. Rabbi Shimon explains the aspect of revealing the secrets in a story found in the ‘Concealed book’ ספרא דצניעותא.
A man that lives far from human habitat can eat wheat grains all his life without appreciation for the good food that can be produced from it. The Torah is like the wheat grains that we need to grind and process in order to reveal all that we can do with it. The Zohar is the mill and the bakery that provides us with all the goodies. All we need is to get into it.
You should know that Kabbalah lectures without direct study from the Zohar are just for entertainment. If you don’t see the words of the Zohar or listen to them, then the spiritual connection is shallow and mostly stays on the level of Malchut.
To be holy and merit the Final Redemption we need the Zohar. We cannot buy it but we can definitely connect to it.