Daily Zohar # 1506 – Behar – Who is a Jew?
כִּי-לִי בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, עֲבָדִים–עֲבָדַי הֵם, אֲשֶׁר-הוֹצֵאתִי אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם: אֲנִי, יְקוָק אֱלֹהֵיכֶם
For me, the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Many people translate “the Children of Israel” to “The Jewish people”.
Please note that the word for Jewish, “יהודי” does not appear in the whole Torah. (It is found in the other two parts of the Bible but as reference to individuals.)
Jacob is Israel (See Genesis 32:29) and his children are the twelve tribes. They came to the land of milk and honey, settled in and built the Holy Temple.
After the death of King Solomon, Rehoboam, his son causes a split in the nation. This situation allowed negativity to get in and brought the exile of the ten tribes, “The Lost Tribes”.
We know that the tribe of Yehuda supported Rehoboam, the king of Israel, the son of Solomon, the son of David.
A Jew, “יהודי”, connects to the tribe of Yehuda and to the line of David. Prophesies tells us about G-d’s promises to gather us from all the nations (Ezekiel 20:34). In Ezekiel 20:40 G-d says that in the Holy Mountain, all the house of Israel will serve G-d.
כִּי בְהַר-קָדְשִׁי בְּהַר מְרוֹם יִשְׂרָאֵל, נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְקוָק –שָׁם יַעַבְדֻנִי כָּל-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל כֻּלֹּה, בָּאָרֶץ:
שָׁם אֶרְצֵם–וְשָׁם אֶדְרוֹשׁ אֶת-תְּרוּמֹתֵיכֶם וְאֶת-רֵאשִׁית מַשְׂאוֹתֵיכֶם, בְּכָל-קָדְשֵׁיכֶם
The “children of Israel” refers to all the Tribes, including the lost ten. They could be your neighbors. If they were not born as Jewish, “יהודי”, it doesn’t mean that they are not from the house of Israel.
The root of the word redemption “גְּאֻלָּה” appears in this parasha more than in any others. It also guides us to be honest and support each other. The code of seven that is repeated in the parasha represents the final Shabbat, the elevation to the Light of Binah. It will be when all Israel will be united in the Holy Mountain, “בהר” (=207= Light=”אור”).
Love your neighbor as yourself. He could be your brother, really your brother.