Daily Zohar # 1973 – Vayetze – Where to find wells of life
“וַיֵּצֵא יַעֲקֹב, מִבְּאֵר שָׁבַע; וַיֵּלֶךְ, חָרָנָה”
“Jacob went out of Beersheba and went toward Haran.”
The word Beersheba in Hebrew has two words: בְּאֵר, which means ‘well’ (of water) and שָׁבַע, which means ‘seven’.
The Zohar explains that Beer, ‘well’, is the aspect of the oral Torah and quotes Deuteronomy 1:5 to support its explanation.
“ בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן, בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב, הוֹאִיל מֹשֶׁה, בֵּאֵר אֶת-הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת לֵאמֹר”
“Across the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to expound (בֵּאֵר ) this law (Torah), saying,”
The word ‘expound’ has the same letters as באר , ‘well’. We learn from that that as a ‘well’ brings out water to sustain life the study and explanation of the Torah draw energy of life from Binah of the Tree of Life.
The Zohar expounds the Torah with the support of Moses, the ‘Faithful Shepherd’, who is mentioned so many times in the Zohar.
The word ‘שָׁבַע’, ‘seven’ is a connection to Binah because the first Holy Temple, which was built in seven years, connects us to Binah.
1 Kings 6:38 “…So was he seven years in building it.”
When Jacob went out of Beersheba he was well connected to Binah, ready for his great challenges in Haran in the house of Laban.
The Zohar digs wells in the Torah and when we study it we drink from the well of life. It gives us the power to understand and overcome our challenges in life. As we will study in the next portion, the Light adds challenges to our lives so we can overcome them to elevate ourselves to higher levels..
The sages tell us that God created the evil inclination to give us ‘troubles’ but he also gave us the Torah to help us overcome them.
For digging wells of life we don’t need a special license, just the Zohar. Most students of Kabbalah already know that the study of Zohar helps them understand life and how to go through their Tikkun process. Without the Zohar they will lose the path and fall into chaos.