Daily Zohar # 1346 – Pinchas – The fire of Rabbi Shimon is still burning
Zohar Pinchas, Vol. 20 (English)/Vol 15 (Hebrew)
The ‘Faithful Shepherd’, Moses, asks Rabbi Shimon and his son, Rabbi Elazar, to stand, meaning elevate themselves, and bring a ‘gift’ to the King, the Holy One, Bless be He.
When the Zohar uses ‘The Holy One, Bless be He’, the reference is to the Endless Light. The Holy name YHVH is a ‘representative’ of the Endless. All of God’s names and Sefirot are vessels for the Endless light. It is important to remember that.
We DO NOT pray to the Sefirah of Chessed or Keter or any other one. We pray to the Endless Light to bring different lights into our lives using the different vessels. Praying to a specific Sefira is idol worshiping. We use the name YHVH to draw the Light of the Endless, the Creator, Bless be He.
When the leader of the prayer says the name YHVH (Adonai) during blessings we say “ברוך הוא וברוך שמו” “Baruch Hu U’ Baruch Shemo”, Translated to “Bless be He and bless be his name”. ‘He’ is the Endless light and his name is YHVH. We ask to connect the Endless with the name to draw the Light when the blessing is completed and we answer אמן ‘Amen’. The meditation of Amen is יאהדונהי that is the combination of the upper and lower names.
“צַו אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם: אֶת-קָרְבָּנִי לַחְמִי לְאִשַּׁי, רֵיחַ נִיחֹחִי, תִּשְׁמְרוּ, לְהַקְרִיב לִי בְּמוֹעֲדוֹ”
“You are to command the Israelis about my offerings that they are to be sure to bring my bread offerings to me, presented by fire, and a pleasing aroma to me, you shall observe to bring near to Me in its due season.”
The sacrifices and offerings are described as “עֹלָה רֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ, אִשֶּׁה לַיהוָה” “’Elevated’ pleasant fragrance burnt unto YHVH”.
When Moses asked Rabbi Shimon to bring ‘gift’ to the Holy One Bless be He, he was referring to the souls of Israelites. They are ‘members’ and limbs of the Shechina. When the ‘fire’ of the Torah spreads through the parts they are considered עֲצֵי הָעוֹלָה, meaning woods of the sacrifice but it also means ‘trees of the ‘elevated’. The Trees are the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge Good and Bad.
With the study of the deep levels of the Torah through the study or Rabbi Shimon’s teaching we connect to the good side of the Tree of Knowledge and with that to the Tree of Life.
“ הֲלוֹא כֹה דְבָרִי כָּאֵשׁ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה”
“Is not My word like as fire? Said YHVH”
The sacred words of the Torah and Rabbi Shimon are like the Holy fire that elevates the sacrifice and opens channels of Light to the lower levels.
I heard from Rabbi Benyahu Shmueli (head of Kabbalist yeshiva in Jerusalem) that the first word of the Torah ‘Bresheet’ ‘בְּרֵאשִׁית’ gives the initials of
ת – תורת
ר – רבי
ש – שמעון
ב – בר
י – יוחאי
The Light of the Torah of light of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (The Zohar ).
Do I need to say more?