Daily Zohar # 2007 – Vayechi – In the heart of the ‘belly’…
“וַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְּחֵנִי, כִּי עָלָה הַשָּׁחַר; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֲשַׁלֵּחֲךָ, כִּי אִם-בֵּרַכְתָּנִי”
“Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
The above verse comes from the portion of Vayishlach. Jacob had a fight with the minister of the other side and took control over him. When the light of the day appeared and the other side had to disappear (because they can’t have control when the light is around), the angel asked Jacob to release him. Jacob asked for a blessing before he would let him go.
The Zohar reveals that the blessings given to Jacob were that the exile that the children of Israel would go through was temporary, and the Redemption would come after that.
The name Jacob represents the exile and the name Israel represents the Redemption. The Zohar connects God’s promise of the Final Redemption with the letter Vav that we find in Leviticus 11:42
“כֹּל הוֹלֵךְ עַל-גָּחוֹן וְכֹל הוֹלֵךְ עַל-אַרְבַּע, עַד כָּל-מַרְבֵּה רַגְלַיִם, לְכָל-הַשֶּׁרֶץ, הַשֹּׁרֵץ עַל-הָאָרֶץ–לֹא תֹאכְלוּם, כִּי-שֶׁקֶץ הֵם”
“This includes all animals that slither along on their bellies, as well as those with four legs and those with many feet. All such animals that scurry along the ground are detestable, and you must never eat them.”
The letter Vav is the aspect of Zeir Anpin and Central Column, which are both represented by Jacob and Israel. The Light of the Final Redemption will come through the central column. Moses will open (may have already opened) the ‘gate’ of Da’at for Mashiach and will usher him along the line of truth (Vav, Jacob, Israel, Truth to Jacob (Micha 7:20)) to the gate of Yessod, which will be opened (it may be already opened) by Mashiach ben Joseph. Then establish the kingdom of Mashiach ben David in Malchut, which literally means ‘kingdom’.
There’s a lot to study about all the aspects of the letter Vav but in this study the Zohar points to the Vav, numerically 6, as to the number of generations (6 sefirot Chessed to Yessod) until the coming of Mashiach. Each Sefira is counted as 1000 years and this year 5776 brings us closer to the end of the process. We are in the millennia of Yessod and there is no wonder that the Zohar was revealed at around the year 5060, which is the beginning of the millennium of Yessod.
At the end of the process of Yessod we will see Mashiach. Yessod is about righteousness and spiritual connections. The Zohar is the tool that Rabbi Shimon prepared for us to be used during this millenia. We should focus on walking on the righteous path with stronger connection to the Zohar. Only then we can hasten the coming of Mashaich to this world.
As we are getting closer to the end of the 6000 year we see rise is religious extremism. The only way to balance and diffuse it is by using the Zohar and spreading its Light around the world.
Kabbalah organizations have some very good teaching but unfortunately not enough direct study of the Zohar. Because of their need to satisfy the masses and draw more people, money and support they avoid using the Hebrew language in their teachings. It’s hard for most people. Some subscribers to the Daily Zohar unsubscribe because they see too much Hebrew but I’m about revealing Light not making a few people happier. The Hebrew letters and the Zohar are tools that reveal Light in the world.
It’s not enough to study how to be a good sharing person. Loving your fellow man is a basic requirement from every human being.
It’s not enough to save the world from negativity.
Edmund Burke said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”
If we claim to be good people then we have the responsibility to do something to remove evil from the world. This is done with the Zohar because only Light can remove darkness.
We must make spiritual connection to draw Light to the world and widen the channel of Yessod that is important for the coming of Mashiach.
I urge you all to ask your rabbis and teachers of your organizations to study directly from the Zohar. It’s not the time for having social gatherings. It’s time to reveal Light for the sake of the entire world.
If we don’t do that great darkness will fall upon us. The few people who are dedicated for that can’t do it for all. The great Tzadikim of the last generation left the world, leaving us with great responsibility.
We should activate the Light of the Zohar by reading and studying from it, not just keeping it on the shelf or hugging it tightly.
The letter Vav that is in the middle of the Torah is in a verse that instructs us to avoid eating ‘all animals that slither along on their bellies’. The letter Vav is in the word ‘גחון’, ‘belly’, which is related to the snake. As in many places in the Torah we find great Light planted inside negative environment for us to reveal.
It’s time for all good people of the Zohar and Kabbalah to walk toward the Light, which is the aspect of Yessod and connect to it because all other options lead to darkness.
Please correct me if I’m wrong.