Daily Zohar # 1564 – Matot – She has the power to build and destroy
“דָּרְשָׁה, צֶמֶר וּפִשְׁתִּים; וַתַּעַשׂ, בְּחֵפֶץ כַּפֶּיהָ.”
“She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.”
The Zohar quotes a verse from the last chapter of Proverbs. The last 22 verses in this chapter follow the sequence of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. The sages made it part of our Shabbat connection, and we sing it on Friday nights before the Kiddush of the first meal. It is known as the song “Woman of Valor.” The 22 verses reveal the qualities and attributes of Malchut and the Shechina. On Friday night, we connect Malchut to Binah, which is the aspect of Light (Binah) and Vessel (Malchut).
Wool is the aspect of Right, Chessed, and mercy. It comes from pure animals. Flax threads is the aspect of the left column that comes from vegetation. A ‘Woman of Valor’ takes wool, Right column and Flax, Left Column, and brings them together to sweeten judgments in Malchut.
Woman, אשה, in Hebrew, has the letters of אש which mean ‘fire’ and ה for Binah and mercy. Fire has the power of transformation, and women have the ability to do so on the level of Malchut.
Women have the power to transform everything on the material level, but we must remember that a woman can build when her vessel ה connects to Binah, and a woman can burn and destroy if her vessel ה desire is locked on the level of Malchut and the material world.
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