“חַי-יְהוָה, וּבָרוּךְ צוּרִי; וְיָרוּם, אֱלוֹהֵי יִשְׁעִי”
“YHVH lives, and blessed be my creator; And exalted be the God of my salvation,”
Rabbi Elazar, the son of Rabbi Shimon, opens this Zohar study by quoting this verse, and suggests to have a deep look into it.
He explains that YHVH lives (חי) is the aspect of Yessod of Zeir Anpin, the foundation of the world. Yessod brings life to entire the world.
‘Blessed be my Creator צוּרִי’ is the reference to the female aspect of the created world. Binah, ‘the Creator’, brings life force and blessing to the world.
The word צוּרִי, loosely translated as ‘Creator’ but the meaning is ‘former’ as in the one who formed it. צוּר is the formed state and therefore a female aspect of the Light.
Rabbi Elazar explains the path of the light from Binah through Zeir Anpin to Yessod. Yessod brings everything to life when he delivers the light of Binah to Malchut. Yessod is the power that ‘forms’ new forms (creations) in the world of Malchut.
“וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ: זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם”
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
“ וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו, נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים; וַיְהִי הָאָדָם, לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה.”
“Then YHVH God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
In the first verse we read that God ‘Created’ man in his own image. That was a true creation because it was the initial spiritual state in the level of Binah.
In the second verse we read that God ‘formed’ man from the dust of the earth. We learn from this that the use of ‘form’ is about taking from an existing source (dust of the earth= existing matter) and form new shapes.
The source is always Binah, the process is Zeir Anpin and the outcome is manifested in Malchut.
This is an important study because everything in this world and life follows this principle.
We never create in this world but we can form from existing matter. Everything new in this world existed at the time of Creation. The most sophisticated electronic device is constructed from ancient materials formed into new shapes. All matter is in constant cycle of transformation ‘dust from the ground’. The only things new are the ideas that come to our mind on how to form new things. That is the light from Binah, the thoughts process is the aspect of Zeir Anpin and the outcome is Malchut.
Lesson: to have the power to manifest in Malchut we must have a connection to Binah. Using a process we draw it down to us through Zeir Anpin. We need the power of prayers to climb through Zeir Anpin to Binah and back with the light.
“אִם-יְהוָה, לֹא-יִבְנֶה בַיִת– שָׁוְא עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ”
“Unless YHVH builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
Without the spiritual connection our work below can not have a strong ‘form’ and it will break sooner than later.