Daily Zohar # 1447 – Pekude – Nothing is random
11. שֹׁפֵט וְדֹרֵשׁ מִשְׁפָּט וּמְהִר צֶדֶק. שֹׁפֵט – מִצַּד הַדִּין. וְדֹרֵשׁ מִשְׁפָּט – מִצַּד הָרַחֲמִים. וּמְהִר צֶדֶק – הוּא כִּסֵּא הַדִּין שֶׁהוּא הַבֵּית דִּין לְמַטָּה. בֹּא וּרְאֵה, כְּמוֹ כֵן הַמִּשְׁכָּן לֹא הֻתְקַן אֶלָּא בַּצַּד הַזֶּה כְּמוֹ זֶה שֶׁל חֶסֶד, כְּפִי שֶׁאָמַרְנוּ לְמַעְלָה. וְעַל כֵּן נִמְנוּ הַתּוֹלָדוֹת וְהִתְתַּקְּנוּ כֻלָּם לְמַטָּה.
12. אֵלֶּה פְקוּדֵי הַמִּשְׁכָּן מִשְׁכַּן הָעֵדֻת אֲשֶׁר פֻּקַּד עַל פִּי מֹשֶׁה. רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן פָּתַח, בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ. הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה פֵּרְשׁוּהוּ וְנֶאֱמַר בְּכַמָּה צְדָדִים, אֲבָל כְּשֶׁבָּרָא הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֶת הָעוֹלָם, בָּרָא אוֹתוֹ כְּמוֹ שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה לִהְיוֹת הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה בַּדְּיוֹקָן שֶׁל הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה, וְכָל אוֹתָם גְּוָנִים שֶׁל מַעְלָה הִתְקִינָם לְמַטָּה, לְהַדְבִּיק וְלִקְשֹׁר עוֹלָם בְּעוֹלָם.
“אִם-יְהוָה, לֹא-יִבְנֶה בַיִת שָׁוְא עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ”
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. (Psalms 127:1)
Bezalel and Oholiab completed the job of building the Tabernacle. The Zohar explains that Bezalel whose name means “in the shadow of God” utilized the Hebrew letters to create all that he needed. It was mind over matter, the supreme alchemy, using the “chemistry” of the Alef Bet.
Rabbi Shimon reveals to us in the Zohar that the letters are divided into groups of threes. There are two male letters and one female letter in each group. There are nine females and eighteen males. Total of twenty seven letters (22 base + 5 finals).
The nine females are the final four, which are “קרשת” and the five final letters that are “םןץףך”. There are supernal letters that come from Binah (the eighth sefirah) and letters at their basic forms are vessels at the level of Malchut.
Before I lose you with technical details, please understand that the spiritual system is very much like electrical circuit. The flow of energy has strict rules.
There is nothing random. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. The term “random” was invented by frustrated scientists to explain phenomena that they can’t explain or control. Fortunately, most scientists nowadays come closer to spirituality and better understanding of the real nature of nature.
The Tabernacle is a device that helps us connect to the light of the Creator. This light is the power that energizes the entire existence. G-d took us out of Egypt holding our hands and keeping us safe like in a mother’s womb. Now before coming to the Land of Israel and giving us control over our life and ability to be like him, he gave us the tools to connect.
In previous Torah portions, we received personal tools and now we receive the Tabernacle as a tool to connect all people to the light.
Before birth, we were “wired” to another device (mother) that provided us with the light’s (=life) energy needed to build our vessel. The Ari teaches us that every three months in the womb a baby moves to another level of their development. After nine months (3×3) the pregnancy gets completed (the vessel) and ready to go into labor.
The Zohar tells us that Bezalel used the 42 letters that G-d used for creation to make all the parts of the Tabernacle. In 39:32 they finished the building and brought the Tabernacle to Moses.
וַתֵּכֶל–כָּל-עֲבֹדַת, מִשְׁכַּן אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד;
וַיַּעֲשׂוּ, בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אֶת-מֹשֶׁה, כֵּן עָשׂוּ
“All the work of the Tabernacle was finished…; and the children of Israel did according to all that G-d commanded Moses, so did they”
A famous Torah commentator tells us that the first four words of the verse is numerically equal to “the twenty fifth of Kislev”. This is the day of the Miracle of Chanukah.
This miracle is about connecting the Light to the Holy Temple (vessel). Immediately after that (Exodus 39:42-43) Moses saw that they had done all that G-d commanded and he blessed them.”
It is a little bit puzzling that after all that was done, G-d tells Moses (40:1-16) to fabricate the Tabernacle. These sixteen verses detail how to put together all parts of the Tabernacle. This shows us that there is another process to complete the process.