Daily Zohar # 1508 – Behar – Slavery or Freedom
“ זָכַרְנוּ, אֶת-הַדָּגָה, אֲשֶׁר-נֹאכַל בְּמִצְרַיִם, חִנָּם; אֵת הַקִּשֻּׁאִים, וְאֵת הָאֲבַטִּחִים, וְאֶת-הֶחָצִיר וְאֶת-הַבְּצָלִים, וְאֶת-הַשּׁוּמִים”
“”We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,”
The Zohar quotes this verse from the Torah when the Israelites complained to Moses that they have the Mana that they need to collect (earn) every day. The people remembered the food in Egypt that they received without the process of earning. Free as the Zohar describes is enjoying from this world without giving thanks to God and make blessings over the food. Slavery is the aspect of connecting to the limitation of the material world.
After the receiving of the Torah the people needed to work and earn their food.
“ עִבְדוּ אֶת-יְהוָה בְּיִרְאָה; וְגִילוּ, בִּרְעָדָה.”
“Serve YHVH with fear (Awe), and rejoice with trembling.”
The ‘service’ is the connection to the Light of YHVH. It takes us higher to a revelation (וְגִילוּ, rejoice) that affects our entire being (trembling).
Enjoying this world for free, means a state of slavery without spiritual connection. It is a bondage to the material world that is temporary and has end.
Using the laws of Torah to make connection to YHVH gives us the true freedom by going above the limitation of this material world. This lesson reminds me the Movie ‘The Matrix’. On one side, we see the people who live in an organized world where the ‘agents’ control and manage everything. The people are not aware of a state where they can go above all limitations (Neo).
Most people prefer to have their desires fulfilled, like Cypher, submitting their bodies to the Machines (Slavery) while enjoying a temporary ‘bliss’ that ends when their bodies stop producing energy for the machines.
The material world is controlled by the Klipah. It gives us the freedom to choose. Numerical value of Klipah קליפה= Choice = בחירה = 225. When we choose material existence, the Klipah controls us until the end when it takes everything from us and our soul is lost forever.
“בִּפְרֹחַ רְשָׁעִים, כְּמוֹ עֵשֶׂב, וַיָּצִיצוּ, כָּל-פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן: לְהִשָּׁמְדָם עֲדֵי-עַד”
“that though the wicked sprout like grass and all workers of iniquity flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;”
This verse reveals to us that at the end all ‘workers of iniquity’ are doomed to destruction. They will not see the Final Redemption and enjoy true freedom and immortality.
Those who have much wealth are given the difficult Tikkun of choosing the right thing to do with their money. They are given great power and their choice is either to fall into the Klipah and think that God blessed them to enjoy this life or they understand the responsibility of having this power to do greater good in the world.
From the Matrix, Cypher’s choice for slavery