Daily Zohar # 1407 – Beshalach – Who split the red Sea?
Portion of Beshalach
“וַיֵּט מֹשֶׁה אֶת-יָדוֹ, עַל-הַיָּם, וַיּוֹלֶךְ יְהוָה אֶת-הַיָּם בְּרוּחַ קָדִים עַזָּה כָּל-הַלַּיְלָה, וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת-הַיָּם לֶחָרָבָה; וַיִּבָּקְעוּ, הַמָּיִם”
“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and YHVH caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided”
This verse has 72 letters and is the third of the three that make the 72 names.
The Zohar reveals to us that Moses just stretch his hand over the sea but Abraham and Isaac came to do the work. The water could not get calm until God brought wind from the East to dry out the water before they were divided. That wind is the ‘spirit’, ‘Ruach’ of Jacob. He is the chariot for the central column, Tiferet, the direction of the East. Jacob brought balance and peace on the water and they could split with Abraham and Isaac on both sides.
The word for “and they (the water) divided” reveal the secret.
The two letters of Vav וו spells the name of the letter itself. Vav represents the Central column and the two letters represent the two ‘walls’ of water on their right, Abraham and left, Isaac sides.
“וַיָּבֹאוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּתוֹךְ הַיָּם, בַּיַּבָּשָׁה; וְהַמַּיִם לָהֶם חוֹמָה, מִימִינָם וּמִשְּׂמֹאלָם”
“And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
The middle letters of “divided” spell the name of Jacob.
We read above, in verse 21, that the east wind made the sea dry land before the sea divided.
It sounds out of order but the lesson that the Torah teaches us here is that, on the spiritual level everything is ready before it is actually manifested below.