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Pinchas 39 – 40
“רַבּוֹת בָּנוֹת, עָשׂוּ חָיִל; וְאַתְּ, עָלִית עַל-כֻּלָּנָה ”
“’Many daughters have done (worked) valiantly, but thou excellest them all.’ ”
Work exists only in the world of Malchut. The Shechinah is the one that ‘energizes’ all actions in the world of Malchut.
After the destruction of the Holy Temple, the number of people that worked to bring the light lessened. The Shechinah then, was gloomy.
Song of Songs 1:6 “אַל-תִּרְאוּנִי שֶׁאֲנִי שְׁחַרְחֹרֶת, ”
“Look not upon me, that I am swarthy”
The righteous can bring light and dress the Shechinah with the study and by revealing the secrets of the Torah.
The Zohar teaches us that, the simple study of Torah doesn’t remove the dark dress. Only the study of secrets (as we do with the Zohar study) can ‘decorate’ the Shechinah with light and beauty.
“ כִּי נֵר מִצְוָה, וְתוֹרָה אוֹר ”
“For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light, ”
“וְהָיְתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת, בֶּעָנָן; וּרְאִיתִיהָ, לִזְכֹּר בְּרִית עוֹלָם, בֵּין אֱלֹהִים, וּבֵין כָּל-נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל-בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל-הָאָרֶץ. ”
“And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.’ ”
The Zohar quotes this verse to teach us that the study of the secrets of the Torah is like the rainbow and when God sees it, He ‘remembers’ the covenant to remove judgments from the world.