Daily Zohar # 1872 – Matot – Two sides, one choice
Previously published as DZ 1566
In the Torah portion of Matot, and following God’s command, Moses sends representatives from all the tribes to avenge the negativity that the Midyanites brought on the Israelites.
They were victorious, burned their cities, killed all their kings, all males including Balaam. When they came back with the loot and all the women and children, Moses was very upset because they kept all the women alive. Moses reminded them that the women caused the death plague in the camp of Israel.
He ordered them to kill all the women and all the males but they could keep for themselves only the women that had never had sex with another man.
The Zohar explains that there are two sides to everything, right and left, Garden of Eden and Hell, this world and the world to come, Israel and the other nations.
In paragraph 4 the Zohar asks why the women of the negative side are forbidden for sex and explains that a woman is the aspect of judgment, as we studied in previous DZ. If she connects to mercy, meaning men from the Right side, then the right and mercy overcome the judgment in her vessel. If she had sex with a man of the other side, then they are both left and cling to each other. The vessel becomes controlled by strong judgment and mercy (right) cannot win over such a vessel.
Lesson: When we come to remove the negative side, we need to destroy its channels (males). If a vessel comes in contact with negativity then it is contaminated and we cannot use it.
We should be careful with our connections to energy sources. If it’s not from the right side then it will contaminate our vessel and we’ll have to work a long time to cleanse it.
Just imagine a cup of pure water stained with a drop of black paint. How much pure water would you have to add to the cup in order to bring the water in the cup back to a pure state.