Daily Zohar # 1422 – What’s the meaning of faith?
Rabbi Shimon teaches us that when the Holy One Created (Binah, ה, world of Creation) the world (Malchut, ה, world of Action) he established the laws of the governing spiritual system. The אמונה, ‘faith’ is aspect that exists only in Malchut, it was elevated to be part of the upper lights of Binah that is the creative force. At that stage Malchut was one with the light and that is why the letters for Malchut and Binah are the same.
Malchut then went down to its place, leaving the light behind. The result was that Malchut became an empty vessel but left with the experience of the total light. The desire to connect back to that light is the driving force of the entire existence.
Binah receives the light directly from Chokmah, meaning without process and Malchut receives the Light from Binah through Zeir Anpin that is the aspect of the earning process.
The ‘memory’ of the pleasure that we (Malchut) experienced when we were one with the Light (in Binah) is engraved deep in our souls. We always seek the shortest distance to the ultimate pleasure because of the desire to experience that light again. We (our souls) live in a ‘terminal’ body but we act like we are going to live forever because the light of Binah is the aspect of immortality.
Faith, אמונה that we mentioned above is the bridge that connects Malchut and Binah. ‘Having faith’ means that we have a unification of upper and lower.
The word אמונה breaks into אמן and וה. אמן, Amen, as we know, is numerically 91 and it represents the unification of the upper name YHVH יהוה and the lower name ADNY אדני. The other two letters וה again represent Zeir Anpin with the letter ו Vav and Malchut ה, the process and the vessel.
To have faith, meaning a unification with the Light, we need to elevate the vessel ה through a process ו of efforts, consciousness, YHVH and actions, ADNY.
This is another aspect of Teruma תרומה that we studied in previous DZ. The elevation of the ה H with contribution expresses the faith אמונה, unification and revelation of Light.
Note: There is a lot to study from the above and I couldn’t expand the study because of lack of time. Please read again and again to reveal the many layers of understanding from this Zohar study. Ask questions in the comments section below.