Daily Zohar # 1812 – Behar – 49 plus one to freedom
Continued from previous DZ
“וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם, אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה, וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ, לְכָל-יֹשְׁבֶיהָ; יוֹבֵל הִוא, תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם, וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל-אֲחֻזָּתוֹ, וְאִישׁ אֶל-מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ”
“And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan”
The 42 letters of the Ana B’Koach is divided to seven words and each word has six letters. The 42 letters with the seven words are counted as 49 (7×7). This is also one of the reasons, the Ana B’Koach is part of the Omer counting and on the fiftieth day we receive the Torah that connects us to the Tree of Life.
The Zohar explains that the fiftieth year is the supernal mother, which is Binah. When we reach Binah level and receive its energy we can have freedom and be able to return to our roots in the Tree of Life.
The 42 letters concealed in the first 42 letters of the Torah and they represent the force that created the world. Every word represents one Sefira and the six letters of each represent a process. The word itself (ex. אבגיתץ) is revealed after the process of six is completed. That is why the six letters together and the whole are counted as seven.
When the process of 7 x 7 is completed we achieve a completion, so the 49 becomes 50. When we reach the fiftieth level we have a complete vessel that can reveal the light of Binah that is the source of life.
“שְׂרָפִים עֹמְדִים מִמַּעַל לוֹ, שֵׁשׁ כְּנָפַיִם שֵׁשׁ כְּנָפַיִם לְאֶחָד: בִּשְׁתַּיִם יְכַסֶּה פָנָיו, וּבִשְׁתַּיִם יְכַסֶּה רַגְלָיו–וּבִשְׁתַּיִם יְעוֹפֵף”
“Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.”
Seraphim are the highest level of angels. Isaiah sees the angels in his visions and described them as having 3 pairs of wings. The Zohar quotes this verse to teach us that the specific format of 6 letters plus the word, the Ana B’Koach, creates angles of a higher level.
Each word of the 42 letters (or line of the Ana B’Koach) forms a vessel to draw light from each of the seven Sefirot.
The Zohar adds that during the service in the Holy Temple, the high priest would continue the counting. From 49, that complete the seven Sefirot, he counted one for Keter than one and one for Chokmah and Binah. This special connection to all levels of the Tree of Life could be done only in the Holy Temple and during the Yom Kippur service by the High Priest.