Daily Zohar # 1698 – Vayigash – The letters of man
The Zohar reveals that when God created the world everything went as planned. When Friday arrived and He was about to create man, the Torah came and asked; why create man if he is going to upset you. Better not creating him if you don’t hold your anger.
God answered; there is a reason why the Torah calls me ארך אפיים, ‘Slow to anger’ (from the 13 attributes of God).
The lesson here is that the world was created for man. He is the only one with free choice and ability to go against God and corrupt the entire created system. At the same time God created a system of the 13 attributes to protect creation from complete destruction by man.
The Zohar brings this story also to tell us that the Torah existed before Creation and everything was planned ahead of time. We learned in another part of the Zohar that God created the world by looking at the Torah.
The Hebrew letters existed before the Torah. The Zohar tells us why the Torah begins with the letter ב Bet.
Before creation, all the letters appeared in front of God, wishing to be the first letter in the Torah.
The letter ת, the is the last letter of the 22 presented herself but God didn’t accept her because she represent death as the last letter in the word for ‘death’, ‘מוות’.
More letters coming in the next DZ study.