Daily Zohar # 1821 – Bechukotai – ‘Treasures of wickedness’ vs Tzedaka
24. וְהַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, כְּשֶׁהַצְּדָקָה לִשְׁמָהּ, שֶׁהֲרֵי מְעוֹרֵר צְדָקָה לְצֶדֶק לְחַבְּרָם כְּאֶחָד, וְשֶׁיִּהְיֶה הַכֹּל שֵׁם קָדוֹשׁ כָּרָאוּי. שֶׁהֲרֵי צֶדֶק לֹא מִתְתַּקֵּן וְלֹא נִשְׁלָם אֶלָּא בִּצְדָקָה, שֶׁכָּתוּב (ישעיה נד) בִּצְדָקָה תִּכּוֹנָנִי. וְלִכְנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל נֶאֱמַר, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְגוֹ’.
Continued from previous DZ
The Zohar quotes these two verses and gives additional explanations on the importance of Tzedaka in making connections to the Tree of Life.
Read DZ 1819 and DZ 1820
“לֹא-יוֹעִילוּ, אוֹצְרוֹת רֶשַׁע; וּצְדָקָה, תַּצִּיל מִמָּוֶת.”
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; but righteousness (Tzedaka) delivereth from death.”
‘Treasures of wickedness’ is the aspect of accumulating material possessions for the self alone. They have no value because they are part of the material world and have temporary existence. Tzedaka, through the use of money or spiritual connection, provides life force energy that protects us from death in this world and in the world to come. Death is the aspect of losing the merit for the resurrection. A person who may die poor but with pure soul can have the merit to immortality. A rich person may die in old age in a bed of silk sheets, buried in a gold casket and fine Italian marble on his head, but his soul doesn’t have the aspect of Tzedaka and life energy. This man will not be resurrected.
It could be the other way around: a poor person without positive actions and connection to the Light loses twice, one in this world and one in the world to come. Some rich people do great charities, support the poor, and the revelation of Light in the world. They enjoy good material life in this world and earn the merit for the world to come and Immortality.
“בִּצְדָקָה, תִּכּוֹנָנִי; רַחֲקִי מֵעֹשֶׁק, כִּי-לֹא תִירָאִי, וּמִמְּחִתָּה, כִּי לֹא-תִקְרַב אֵלָיִךְ”
“”In righteousness (Tzedaka) you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you.”