Daily Zohar # 1694 – Miketz – Don’t forget! Remember!
“ וְלֹא-זָכַר שַׂר-הַמַּשְׁקִים אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיִּשְׁכָּחֵהוּ.”
“Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, and he forgot him”
Rabbi Shimon explains that ‘the End’ is a place where there is no ‘remembrance’, ’זכירה’. The root of this word is ‘זכר’, ‘male’. It represents the connection to the Light and Zeir Anpin, who is the ‘son’ of the Father (Chokmah) and the Mother (Binah).
Joseph made a mistake when he asked the Pharaoh’s butler to ‘remember’ him. He saw in the butler’s dream three branches of vine and he assumed that the energy of the dream already transferred to the physical level so he relied on the butler to connect him to Pharaoh. That brought ‘forgetfulness’ that is from the side of the Klipah. This Klipah is like a black color that swallows the light that comes to it and create the aspect of ‘forgetfulness’.
Rabbi Shimon reveals that Joseph’s mistake gave the control to the Klipah. Joseph and Pharaoh had to wait two years to restore the ‘remembrance’, bring the light back into the process and continue with God’s plan.
Each time we see a word in the Torah with the root ‘זכר’, ‘male’, we should remember that it is related to the light of Zeir Anpin. The famous remembrance is from the ten Commandments, ‘Remember the Shabbat’. After six days of work we have opportunity to ‘connect’ to the light of Shabbat.