Zohar Pinchas, Vol. 20 (English)/Vol 15 (Hebrew)
The Zohar asks “What is the hind of the dawn”? and explains that it is the most merciful among all animals of the world. When she is in need of food she goes to a distant place to bring her food. She won’t eat it until she is back to her original place and shares the food with other animals that come to her. She gives to each one of them.
Proverbs 31:15 ” וַתָּקָם, בְּעוֹד לַיְלָה–וַתִּתֵּן טֶרֶף לְבֵיתָהּ; וְחֹק, לְנַעֲרֹתֶיהָ.”
” She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.”
She feels satiated as if she ate more than all of them.
When the morning that is called ‘dawn’, שחר comes, she suffers the pain of the exile. Like a woman delivering a child, she cries with pain.
Isaiah 26:17 ” כְּמוֹ הָרָה תַּקְרִיב לָלֶדֶת, תָּחִיל תִּזְעַק בַּחֲבָלֶיהָ”
” As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain”
When the morning light spreads in the world, everyone is ‘satiated’ with her food.
‘The Hind of the Dawn’,’the Morning Star’ is a name given to a bright star that appears shortly before the sun rise. It is a sign that the morning light will come soon.
The secret of the Hind of the Dawn is revealed in the Zohar portion of Vayikra paragraphs #368-#374.
When the night falls, all channels of light are closed and the ‘other side’ is awakened to roam the world. They are looking for the people without spiritual connection to the light, feeding on their unprotected body.
Those who make spiritual connection can sleep well and their souls ascend to higher levels without delays or obstacles of the other side. After midnight, the light of Chokmah of the left column awakens and spreads out. The Holy one then goes to the Garden of Eden having time of joy and love with the righteous souls.
Waking up after midnight is a great time to study the Zohar. He becomes a ‘friend’ of the Holy One and all the angels in the Garden of Eden.
Our “garden” גן , is the Torah. The word has numerical value of 54 with the Kolel (adding one for the whole) as the number of portions in the Torah.
Song of Songs 8:13 ” הַיּוֹשֶׁבֶת בַּגַּנִּים, חֲבֵרִים מַקְשִׁיבִים לְקוֹלֵךְ–הַשְׁמִיעִנִי”
” O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.”
Studying the Zohar anytime after midnight, until the first light has a great spiritual value. The gates of Light begin to open and the negative side moves away. Our meditation can have ‘shorter’ distance’ to travel and the ‘ears’ of heavens are in desire to hear our words of light.
Before going to sleep, clean yourself physically and spiritually, relax your body, read some Zohar, recite the Shema Prayer, the Ana B’Koach and sleep. Wake up after midnight (check myzmanim.com) for your local midnight as it is rarely 12:00 am. Midnight is accurately calculated as time between sundown and sunrise divided by two. Wash hands (Netilah), say the first 15 blessings of the morning (all of them if you don’t plan to go back to sleep). Recite/scan Elijah open, פתח אליהו, study Zohar. Start by going to UnityZohar.com to connect to the one Zohar shared by thousands of people from all over the world. Then use your own Zohar book or use DailyZohar.com for study. Meditate for others by sending healing energy and other blessings for those in need. Make a list of such people or pick some random names from Unity Pinchas online http://unityzohar.com/uzreadpinchas.php?lang=en
These actions will ‘feed’ you a light of Chessed, from the ‘Morning Star’ connecting and protecting you throughout the day.