“כֹּל אֲשֶׁר תִּמְצָא יָדְךָ, לַעֲשׂוֹת בְּכֹחֲךָ–עֲשֵׂה: כִּי אֵין מַעֲשֶׂה וְחֶשְׁבּוֹן, וְדַעַת וְחָכְמָה, בִּשְׁאוֹל,אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה הֹלֵךְ שָׁמָּה”
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
These words of King Solomon, who was the wisest man of all, were said in great wisdom.
The Zohar explains that ‘Your hand’ is the aspect of the Left column, Gevurah, and ‘all your might’ is the aspect of the Right Column, Chessed.
Our actions should include the Left with the Right. It means that we should bring Chessed into everything we desire to do, overcoming the desire of the Left that, without the Right, draws judgments.
The rest of the verse gives us a strong reason to why we should use ‘all of our might’ in using the ‘Right’. King Solomon tells us that after life there is no action, accounting/planning, knowledge, nor wisdom.
Action – Malchut – The ability to work and improve ourselves.
Planning – Zeir Anpin – A process to make correction
Knowledge – Da’at – Ability to connect to the upper three Sefirot and draw Light of mercy and cleansing.
Wisdom – Chokmah – The upper Light that can bring mercy.
After death there’s only judgment and harsh cleansing on the spiritual level. The pain of correction after death is very strong. If people would feel that pain and the great shame that comes with it, even for a few seconds while in this world, they would have no doubts on what path to take. Such experience would take away the free will that must be available to everyone in this life. We are lucky to have the Zohar that gives us a window to the process after death. We still have the freedom to choose if to believe in the Zohar but that is an easy choice when we see how the Zohar guides us according to the Torah to become better and purer souls.
We should do everything with positive mindset, adding value to people, not the opposite. No jealousy because we don’t know what’s coming on the path of the other person, (10th commandment).
The verse teaches us personal responsibility and we must remember to choose our teachers carefully.