Daily Zohar # 1898 – Re’eh – Seeing is connecting
546. פַּעַם אַחַת עָלוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל לָחֹג אֶת הֶחָג, וְהִתְעָרְבוּ עוֹבְדֵי עֲבוֹדַת כּוֹכָבִים וּמַזָּלוֹת עִמָּם, וְאוֹתָהּ שָׁנָה לֹא נִמְצְאָה בְּרָכָה בָּעוֹלָם. בָּאוּ וְשָׁאֲלוּ אֶת רַב הַמְנוּנָא סָבָא. אָמַר לָהֶם, רְאִיתֶם בַּתְּחִלָּה סִימָן לָזֶה? אָמְרוּ לוֹ, רָאִינוּ סִימָן, שֶׁכְּשֶׁשַּׁבְנוּ מִשָּׁם כָּל הַדְּרָכִים הָיוּ סְתוּמִים מִמַּיִם, וְעָנָן וַחֲשֵׁכָה נִמְצְאוּ, שֶׁלֹּא יָכְלוּ לָלֶכֶת כָּל אוֹתָם שֶׁעָלוּ לְשָׁם. וְעוֹד, בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁנִּכְנַסְנוּ לְהֵרָאוֹת, פְּנֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם נֶחְשְׁכוּ וְרָגְזוּ. (נֶחֱרַד וְרָאָה) אָמַר לָהֶם, וַדַּאי אוֹ שֶׁיֵּשׁ בָּכֶם אֲנָשִׁים לֹא נִמּוֹלִים, אוֹ עוֹבְדֵי עֲבוֹדַת כּוֹכָבִים וּמַזָּלוֹת עָלוּ עִמָּכֶם, שֶׁהֲרֵי לֹא הִתְבָּרְכוּ בְּאוֹתָה שָׁעָה, פְּרָט לְאוֹתָם יִשְׂרְאֵלִים שֶׁנִּמּוֹלוּ, וּבָאוֹת הַקְּדוֹשָׁה הַזּוֹ מִסְתַּכֵּל הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וּמְבָרֵךְ אוֹתָם.
Zohar Text from Mishpatim 545-546
Deuteronomy 16:16 (Portion of Re’eh)
“שָׁלוֹשׁ פְּעָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה יֵרָאֶה כָל-זְכוּרְךָ אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ,”
“Three times a year all your males shall appear before YHVH your God”
God asks us to appear in front of God and be seen at the Holy Temple. This precept appears in two more places in the Torah, Exodus 34:23 and Exodus 23:17. This fact gives it a great significance.
The action of going to see the Holy Temple is called ‘עליה’, pronounce “Aliyah” and it means ‘elevation’. Seeing the Holy is an act of elevation. “Aliyah” is the name of the action a person is making when he is called to the Torah. The Torah is usually placed on an elevated stage in the synagogue. It helps us to understand that the Torah brings us spiritual elevation.
Seeing the Holy is an important connection, and the precept asks us to come during the holidays of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot. These holidays represent the three columns of the Tree of Life and give us full connection to it.
Since we don’t have the Holy Temple in Jerusalem we can not even look at its place because it is occupied by two Mosques, one with silver dome and one with golden dome. The silver is aspect of right and the gold is the aspect of left. They block the right and left but we are left with the west wall that is the aspect of Yessod and the channel of the central column.
When the time comes the temple mount will split open and swallow the negativity above it, making pure room for the third Holy Temple.
Because we are close to this time, the negative side rises with its full strength to try and get as much as possible before they are swallowed forever. ISIS is black and gathers all the evil of the world to the final battle, where they will all be destroyed. It may take time and pain but it will happen.
Until the final victory we need to seek and see only Holiness. We have the Zohar in our hands and Shabbat service to see the Torah when it is elevated. Scanning the Zohar is a process of elevation and the more you do the better you cleanse and elevate yourself.
The most important is to be pure when we come to see the Holy. Physical and spiritual purity is important, otherwise the eye connection is flawed and benefits are close to none.
We study this from Isaiah 1:12
“כִּי תָבֹאוּ, לֵרָאוֹת פָּנָי–מִי-בִקֵּשׁ זֹאת מִיֶּדְכֶם, רְמֹס חֲצֵרָי.”
“When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?”
God tells us that it is better not come if we are not with good and sharing heart. (I suggest reading the entire chapter of Isaiah 1).