Daily Zohar # 1538 – Shelach – The secret of all vanities
Zohar Shelach Lecha
“הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים אָמַר קֹהֶלֶת, הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים הַכֹּל הָבֶל”
“Vanity(1) of vanities(2), says the Preacher, vanity(1) of vanities(2)! All is vanity(2).”
A word in plural represents two. In this verse King Solomon ‘coded’ the seven Sefirot of this world. The word for ‘vanity’ is הבל and it means ‘vapor’ of the mouth, the seven Sefirot represented by the seven days of creation. God said and it happens.
Ecclesiastes teaches us that everything in this world follows the system of the Sefirot.
“כִּי מִקְרֶה בְנֵי-הָאָדָם וּמִקְרֶה הַבְּהֵמָה, וּמִקְרֶה אֶחָד לָהֶם–כְּמוֹת זֶה כֵּן מוֹת זֶה, וְרוּחַ אֶחָד לַכֹּל; וּמוֹתַר הָאָדָם מִן-הַבְּהֵמָה אָיִן, כִּי הַכֹּל הָבֶל”
“For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.”
The Zohar quotes this verse to teach us that everything in this world is governed by the same system but man has the advantage because his origin is from Chokmah. The word אין is translated as ‘no’ in English but Kabbalah explains that it represents the level of Chokmah.
“וְהַחָכְמָה, מֵאַיִן תִּמָּצֵא; וְאֵי זֶה, מְקוֹם בִּינָה”
“But where (אַיִן) shall wisdom (Chokmah) be found? And where is the place of understanding (Binah)?”
The only way to go above nature is to connect to the Sefirot of Chokma and Binah, which is available to us through spiritual connection, Zohar and Torah. Everything else we do has impact and stays only on the lower level.