Daily Zohar # 1722 – Zohar Bo – Good is not enough
2. אוֹתָם שֶׁעוֹשִׂים מִצְווֹת הַתּוֹרָה וְהוֹלְכִים בְּדֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה בְּיִרְאַת אֲדוֹנָם, כַּמָּה סָנֵגוֹרִים שֶׁעוֹמְדִים עֲלֵיהֶם לְמַעְלָה, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (איוב לג) אִם יֵשׁ עָלָיו מַלְאָךְ מֵלִיץ אֶחָד מִנִּי אָלֶף וְגוֹ’. וְכָתוּב וַיְחֻנֶּנּוּ וַיֹּאמֶר פְּדָעֵהוּ מֵרֶדֶת שַׁחַת מָצָאתִי כֹפֶר. מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אַשְׁרֵי מִי שֶׁשּׁוֹמֵר מִצְווֹת הַתּוֹרָה.
3. אָמַר לוֹ רַבִּי חִיָּיא, אִם כָּךְ, לָמָּה צָרִיךְ כָּאן מַלְאָךְ שֶׁיִּהְיֶה סָנֵגוֹר עַל הָאָדָם, וַהֲרֵי כָּתוּב (משלי ג) כִּי ה’ יִהְיֶה בְּכִסְלֶךָ וְשָׁמַר רַגְלְךָ מִלָּכֶד, וְכָתוּב (תהלים קכא) ה’ יִשְׁמָרְךָ מִכָּל רָע. שֶׁהֲרֵי רוֹאֶה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא כָּל מַה שֶּׁאָדָם עוֹשֶׂה בָּעוֹלָם, הֵן לְטוֹב וְהֵן לְרַע. וְכֵן הוּא אוֹמֵר, (ירמיה כג) אִם יִסָּתֵר אִישׁ בַּמִּסְתָּרִים וַאֲנִי לֹא אֶרְאֶנּוּ נְאֻם ה’.
“ אַשְׁרֵי הָעָם, יֹדְעֵי תְרוּעָה; יְהוָה, בְּאוֹר-פָּנֶיךָ יְהַלֵּכוּן”
“How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.”
The Zohar quotes this verse telling us that knowing the ways of God and following them gives us the merit for the world to come and protection from those who wish to harm us.
Those who follow the Torah with awe to God, earn advocates and angels to protect them.
It is important to emphasize here that the Zohar doesn’t say ‘follow your rabbi’, or ‘follow Rabbi Shimon’ or any other righteous people. It’s about our individual connection with the Torah and the way we follow it.
Many people think that it’s enough to be a ‘good’ person. They are polite, respectful and never harm other people. This is not enough to merit the protection of God and the angels. It may help to avoid negativity but they are still slave to the environment. A driver that follows the laws of the road won’t get stopped by the police but he won’t get a reward from the city. A person must go out of his routine doing for others by helping and sharing. These actions create angels with power that is equal to the benefit that the other or others received. Doing for the family is part of obligations and that doesn’t give special merits. Some good actions help to remove negativity created previously, including past lives. Helping unknown person on the street could be only an opportunity given to us to cleanse some impurity that was attached to us for some reason.
There is no limit on doing good because we can never know how much we need to cleanse negativity we carry from previous lives.
The best and highest level of revealing Light is by studying the Zohar. The Light revealed affects our environment and the entire world. It helps us as individuals to cleanse all kind of impurities, giving us greater merits and protection of angels.
The world is in chaos and if we don’t do enough revelation of Light we may experience greater chaos all over the world. The only protection we can trust is of the angels we ‘earned’ by our good, sharing and giving actions.