Daily Zohar – Tikunim – # 1056 – Be a great merchant
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Tikkun 6 – 15
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Song of Songs 7:5
“צַוָּארֵךְ, כְּמִגְדַּל הַשֵּׁן; עֵינַיִךְ בְּרֵכוֹת בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹן, עַל-שַׁעַר בַּת-רַבִּים–אַפֵּךְ כְּמִגְדַּל הַלְּבָנוֹן, צוֹפֶה פְּנֵי דַמָּשֶׂק. ”
“Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes as the pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim; thy nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus. ”
Jerusalem is Malchut and above it there is a spiritual point named Zion that is Yessod. Tower of Lebanon is reference to the Holy Temple. ‘Look toward Damascus’ is the vision of the future when Jerusalem will expand to all directions to purify all negativity that Damascus represents.
The neck connects the head and the body. The Zohar tells us that the neck is the aspect of Torah that connects heavens and earth for us. The tower is the tower that King David built for the Shechina and it is round like a neck.
“כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, אִם-לֹא בְרִיתִי יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה–חֻקּוֹת שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ, לֹא-שָׂמְתִּי”
“Thus said YHVH: If My covenant (laws of the Torah) be not with day and night, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth”
The Zohar also tells us that the decorations on the neck are the aspects of the precepts that the Torah gives us in order to build the ‘tower’ to connect heaven and earth. With the precepts of “You shall NOT do…” we protect the Shechina from the hold of the negative side and with the precepts of “You shall do…” we build the tower and make unifications.
“ מִי זֹאת, עֹלָה מִן-הַמִּדְבָּר, כְּתִימְרוֹת, עָשָׁן: מְקֻטֶּרֶת מֹר וּלְבוֹנָה, מִכֹּל אַבְקַת רוֹכֵל”
“Who is this (זֹאת) that cometh up out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?”
זֹאת, (pronounced ‘Zot’), is the aspect of the Shechina that connects to Binah (מי, ‘who’). When we see the Torah raised in front of us we recite “V’Zot Ha Torah ahser sam Moshe….”. The Torah, Zeir Anpin, is raised to connect to Binah (before the Torah reading) and placed on the ‘bimah’ that is the aspect of Malchut.
The pillars of perfume smoke represent the work of the righteous, to connect upper and lower. They are the aspects of Yessod and considered ‘merchants’ because they deal with the Torah and produce light through the study of the oral Torah and the Zohar that is the highest level of this study.
Rabbi Ashlag did not reveal the name of his teacher but said that a ‘great merchant’ taught him the secrets of the Zohar and Kabbalah. This section of the Zohar reveals to us the true meaning of words.
On Friday nights we sing the song ‘A woman of valor’ that comes from Proverb in the order of the Alef-Bet. This song is sung after receiving the Shabbat and with it we connect to the Shechina that is now elevated to Binah. The following verse from this song tells us that the Shechina is a big vessel that carries the ‘merchandise’ that is the light that the righteous reveal in order to sustain her during the week days that is ‘from afar’.
“הָיְתָה, כָּאֳנִיּוֹת סוֹחֵר; מִמֶּרְחָק, תָּבִיא לַחְמָהּ”
“She is like the merchant-ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”
Rabbi Shimon wrote the Zohar to help us connect to it and support the Shechina until the Final Redemption. When we connect to the Zohar we become ‘merchants’ of light.
This is also the secret of what Elijah said in Tikkun 6 of Tikunei Zohar “וכמה בני נשא יתפרנסון לתתא מהאי חבורא דילך בדרא בתראה בסוף יומייא”
“and people will have sustenance from your writing (the Zohar) in the last generations, the end of days.”
The true sustenance comes from connecting to the light of the Zohar and sharing it.
recommended reading: Daily Zohar #883/