“צַדִּיק הָרִאשׁוֹן בְּרִיבוֹ; יבא- (וּבָא-) רֵעֵהוּ, וַחֲקָרוֹ.”
“The first to plead his case is righteous, and his friend comes and examines him.”
The Zohar teaches us that a judge who listens to one side is following other gods.
We are the aspect of the ‘judge’, who always have ‘cases’ to deal with. If we listen to the negative side, it is like worshiping another god. We need to bring the ‘friend’, who is our good side, to examine the case and take the good from the bad.
The Zohar reveals that most people lose their share in the world to come because they follow the Evil Inclination without bringing the good side to challenge it.
“רַבּוֹת, רָעוֹת צַדִּיק; וּמִכֻּלָּם, יַצִּילֶנּוּ יְהוָה”
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but YHVH delivers him out of them all.”
The righteous people who live with awe and love to God are challenged with negativity more that other people. God saves them from all their troubles in this world and increases their share in the world to come. This world will be under the control of Mashiach, a time that we will experience fulfillment and immortality.
The hardship and suffering a righteous go through come to help him grow his vessel. The size of the vessel will determine the share in the fulfilment a 1000 years and beyond. After that we will be elevated from human beings to super beings with higher physical and spiritual state.
The people that follow easy choices enjoy short time fulfillment but only in this temporary world. They lose their part in the world of Mashiach.
The sages taught us that this world is a ‘corridor’ to the next world. If we suffer then we should trust that everything comes from God helping us to grow our vessel. We should work harder to push away the negative side and stay with the Light. If we enjoy easy life, we should ask ourselves if we are doing everything to be with the light and expand our vessels. The only thing we take with us after death is the level of purity and size of our souls. Money and honor in this world are temporary and have no value unless we use it to do good. Like the body itself, money is a tool for the soul to do good until the body and money expire. The basic positive use of money is giving tithe to remove the aspect of death (Malchut, the 10th) from the vessel. It keeps the purity of the vessel. Doing for other beyond our selves helps in expanding the vessel.