Zohar Pinchas, Vol. 20 (English)/Vol 15 (Hebrew)
” כִּי יִקָּרֵא קַן-צִפּוֹר לְפָנֶיךָ בַּדֶּרֶךְ בְּכָל-עֵץ אוֹ עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֶפְרֹחִים אוֹ בֵיצִים, וְהָאֵם רֹבֶצֶת עַל-הָאֶפְרֹחִים, אוֹ עַל-הַבֵּיצִים–לֹא-תִקַּח הָאֵם, עַל-הַבָּנִים”
” If you come across a bird’s nest with chicks or eggs, either in a tree or on the ground along the road, and the mother is sitting on the chicks or eggs, you must not take the mother from the young (sons).”
Along the ‘road’ is reference to those who read the Torah. In the ‘Tree’ is for the students of Torah with better connection to it. On the ‘ground’ is for those who put all their efforts to study the Torah and its secrets.
The ‘chicks’ are the Israelites and the Mother is the Shechina. “Must not take the mother from the young” is the aspect of the Shechina, that we should not separate ourselves from her because we are ‘young’ and dependent on her.
When the Holy Temple was destroyed and we lost the ability to make connection to the upper levels, the Shechina had to be sent away from the Holy Temple.
” שַׁלֵּחַ תְּשַׁלַּח אֶת-הָאֵם, וְאֶת-הַבָּנִים תִּקַּח-לָךְ, לְמַעַן יִיטַב לָךְ, וְהַאֲרַכְתָּ יָמִים”
” You shall take the sons but release the mother, so that life will go well for you and that you may have a long life.”
When the Shechina cannot reside in the Holy Temple it is a state of exile for her and us. The sacrifices at the Holy Temple created spiritual connections to the upper levels, helping us cleanse all negativity. We were left with the responsibility to make the connections and draw Light to our lives. The ‘sons’ are Zeir Anpin and Malchut. We need to make the connection between the Shechina in Malchut and Zeir Anpin to the Mother, which is Binah in order to draw light to the world. We do so with our prayers replacing the sacrifices that were made in the Holy Temple.
” קְחוּ עִמָּכֶם דְּבָרִים, וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל-יְהוָה; אִמְרוּ אֵלָיו, כָּל-תִּשָּׂא עָוְֹן וְקַח-טוֹב, וּנְשַׁלְּמָה פָרִים, שְׂפָתֵינוּ”
” Take with you words and return to YHVH; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the words of our lips”
The only way to draw light into our lives is through the prayers and the sacred texts. Then we can draw beneficent to this world. ‘Long life’ should be translated to ‘Long days’ where ‘days’ is the aspect of the connection to the upper levels of light from Malchut to Arich Anpin (meaning ‘Long Face’), which is Keter.
The last words of Rabbi Ashlag were a quote from Psalms 91:16
” אֹרֶךְ יָמִים, אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ; וְאַרְאֵהוּ, בִּישׁוּעָתִי”
” I will satisfy him with long days, and will let him see my salvation.”
On Yom Kippur of 1954 the gates of heavens opened to receive the soul of Rabbi Ashlag. He saw the reward of his work on the Zohar and the fulfillment of God’s promise through the words of King David (Malchut).
Reaching that level is the true state of immortality because the soul is connected to the realm of no death and resurrection in the Final Redemption.
Make your ‘days’ long and earn your ticket to immortality.
Will continue in the next DZ.