Zohar Ki Tisa
Continued from previous DZ
“כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה גֹּאַלְכֶם, קְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל: לְמַעַנְכֶם שִׁלַּחְתִּי בָבֶלָה, ”
“Thus says YHVH your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “For your sake I have sent (the Shechina) to Babylon”
The Zohar continues to explain the state of exile that we are in and tells us that the Shechina was sent to exile with us to give us support. The Shechina was residing in the Holy Temple, and after the destruction she went to exile with us.
“וְנָהָר יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן, לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת-הַגָּן; וּמִשָּׁם, יִפָּרֵד, וְהָיָה, לְאַרְבָּעָה רָאשִׁים”
“A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers.”
The river is the aspect of Binah that brings life to the worlds below. When the Holy Tempe was standing the Shechina had the continuous support from the ‘river’ of Binah. When the people developed greater desires for the self alone the spiritual vessel shrank and the river became dry.
“אָזְלוּ-מַיִם, מִנִּי-יָם; וְנָהָר, יֶחֱרַב וְיָבֵשׁ”
“”As water evaporates from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dried up,”
The disconnection of the people from the Light caused the destruction of the Holy Temple and the Shechina was removed from its dwelling place.
Shechina, שכינה, has two words שכנ and יה, meaning where the upper levels of Chokmah and Binah dwell.
Now the Shechina is wandering with us and can make temporary unification with the Light only on Shabbat, and when we make proper spiritual connections.
Rabbi Avraham Azulai and other great Kabbalists tell us that the main reason for Rabbi Shimon to write the Holy Zohar is to provide support for the Shechina while we are in exile.
When we study from the Zohar about the secrets of the upper levels we draw great light that is like the supernal river of Binah. It provides energy to the Shechina and she can help us and support our process.