Daily Zohar # 1996 – Vayigash – The righteous of the generation
20. נֶפֶשׁ – זוֹ נֶפֶשׁ דָּוִד, וְהִיא שֶׁעוֹמֶדֶת לְקַבֵּל הַנֶּפֶשׁ מֵאוֹתוֹ נָהָר שֶׁשּׁוֹפֵעַ וְיוֹצֵא. רוּחַ – זוֹ הָרוּחַ שֶׁעוֹמֶדֶת עַל הַנֶּפֶשׁ, וְאֵין קִיּוּם לַנֶּפֶשׁ אֶלָּא בָּרוּחַ, וְזוֹ הָרוּחַ שֶׁשּׁוֹרָה בֵּין הָאֵשׁ וְהַמַּיִם, וּמִכָּאן נִזּוֹנֵית הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַזּוֹ.
21. הָרוּחַ עוֹמֶדֶת בְּקִיּוּם שֶׁל דַּרְגָּה אַחֶרֶת עֶלְיוֹנָה שֶׁנִּקְרֵאת נְשָׁמָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי מִשָּׁם יוֹצְאוֹת נֶפֶשׁ וְרוּחַ, מִשָּׁם נִזּוֹנֵית הָרוּחַ. וּכְשֶׁנּוֹסַעַת הָרוּחַ, אָז נוֹסַעַת הַנֶּפֶשׁ, וְהַכֹּל אֶחָד. וּמִתְקָרְבִים זֶה לָזֶה. הַנֶּפֶשׁ נִקְרֶבֶת לָרוּחַ, וְהָרוּחַ נִקְרֶבֶת לַנְּשָׁמָה, וְהַכֹּל אֶחָד.
22. בֹּא רְאֵה, וַיִּגַּשׁ אֵלָיו, הִתְקָרְבוּת שֶׁל עוֹלָם עִם עוֹלָם, לְהֵאָחֵז זֶה עִם זֶה, שֶׁהַכֹּל יִהְיֶה אֶחָד. מִשּׁוּם שֶׁיְּהוּדָה הוּא מֶלֶךְ וְיוֹסֵף מֶלֶךְ, הִתְקָרְבוּ זֶה לָזֶה וְנֶאֶחְזוּ זֶה עִם זֶה.
Continues from DZ 1703
We studied previously that the righteous of the generation of the Flood were taken from the living because their existence would have protected the world from the judgment of the Flood.
The Zohar explains that the lights that appear in the soul are Nefesh, Ruach and Neshamah. Nefesh is the lower level (Malchut) and it is present in the blood of every living human. Ruach is a level above the Nefesh and it protects all that is below it. The level of Ruach receives force of existence from the level of Neshamah that supports and unifies all the levels below it.
The righteous have the soul level of Neshamah and their consciousness unifies the people.
With positive actions, according to the spiritual laws we learn from the Torah, one can elevate his soul to the level of Ruach. Because it’s not an item of physical existence one can not claim permanent ownership to it once it was paid or earned. The level of Ruach must be maintained with continuous work of drawing Light to the soul. It can be lost if the person acts against the spiritual laws.
The level of Neshama can be achieved by Tzadikim that selflessly dedicate their lives to drawing Light for all people and remove darkness from the world.
Coming closer to such Tzadikim (study and support) helps the person connecting to the soul of the Tzadik and possibly earn the level of Ruach.
Most of the great Tzadikim of our generation left the world and we experience greater level of judgment in the world. As people of the Zohar we have protection from judgment but the rest of the world is easily exposed to the forces of negativity.
Rabbi Shimon is our Tzadik and even though he left the world the presence and the expression of his soul in the Zohar. It gives us protection and as we spread it to more people we benefit from greater circle of Light around ourselves.