Zohar Ki Tetze
Continued from DZ 1607
Similar to Esther, God protected Sarah the matriarch from Pharaoh. When Abraham went down to Egypt he didn’t say that Sarah was his wife. She was a beautiful woman and Pharaoh asked his servants to bring her to him. Because she had the Shechina with her, God protected her. When Pharaoh touched any item of hers, like jewelry or shoes, that item hurt him until he let go of her.
“אֲנִי יְהוָה, הוּא שְׁמִי; וּכְבוֹדִי לְאַחֵר לֹא-אֶתֵּן”
“I am YHVH; that is my name; my glory I give to no other”
YHVH’s honor is the ability to connect to the Shechina, and this is reserved only to the Israelites.
The Zohar adds that He won’t let others to come close to a vessel that has the Shechina within, let alone touch its body. Those who speak negatively about the Shechina are negatively affected in their souls. The 10 spies that spoke negatively about the Land of Israel, where the Shechina dwells, could not as a result get into the Land, and had to die, together with those who accepted their words.
“וּבִנְסֹעַ הַמִּשְׁכָּן, יוֹרִידוּ אֹתוֹ הַלְוִיִּם, וּבַחֲנֹת הַמִּשְׁכָּן, יָקִימוּ אֹתוֹ הַלְוִיִּם; וְהַזָּר הַקָּרֵב, יוּמָת”
“When the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down, and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And if any outsider comes near, he shall be put to death.”
This verse that the Zohar quotes tells us that no one could come closer to the Holy Tabernacle except the Levites and the priests. Only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies, that is inside the Tabernacle, and only one time a year – on Yom Kippur.
Lesson: Dealing with the Light is a matter of life and death. The Israelites that have the Light with them are protected. The Land of Israel is protected and we saw it during the 50 days of war against the Hamas. They launched 4594 rockets and bombs, a destruction force that could level down a big city like New York City, but because of the protection of God, the rockets fell into empty spaces or caused very little damage.
History teaches us that all empires that came to occupy Jerusalem couldn’t keep the power and their empires crashed down. The Greeks, the Romans, the Mameluks, the Ottoman Empire (Turks) and the British empire were all great before coming to Jerusalem and they either shrank or disappeared shortly after.
To create a protective force around us, we use the Zohar that Rabbi Shimon made to support the Shechina and gave her a vessel to dwell and protect us. This is why the Zohar is said to be like Noah’s Ark that will protect and carry us to safety.
Your Daily Zohar studies connect you to the protection of the Zohar. Use it and share it.
Don’t be an outsider!