Zohar Acharei Mot
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Shimon continues ‘attacking’ the fools who don’t follow the Torah. He says that the Torah keeps calling them everyday saying Proverbs 1:22
“עַד-מָתַי, פְּתָיִם– תְּאֵהֲבוּ-פֶתִי:
וְלֵצִים–לָצוֹן, חָמְדוּ לָהֶם; וּכְסִילִים, יִשְׂנְאוּ-דָעַת”
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?”
And Proverbs 9:5
“לְכוּ, לַחֲמוּ בְלַחֲמִי; וּשְׁתוּ, בְּיַיִן מָסָכְתִּי”
“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.”
The ‘bread’ that God gives us is the written Torah and the wine is the aspect of the oral Torah that is Malchut. The Torah is our delicate food and the deeper study of its secrets is the ‘beverages’ that quenches our thirst. Even though the Torah calls everyday, there is no one to hear and no one to open his heart.
The Zohar tells us that the final generations will forget the Torah, the wise will leave the world and no one will be found to close and open the Torah. Woe to the generations until the coming of Mashiach when the knowledge will be awakened and everyone will see and know God.
How true it is. I visited synagogues in many places and very few of them have the spiritual level to understand all aspects of dealing with the Torah on Shabbat and holidays.
The Torah is like a bride and we are the groom. When we come to take the Torah out to reveal her beauty, engage and unify with her we need to be at our best. Clean body, pure mind and focus our love on her. We take her in our arms with tender love, embrace and carry her to her bed for unification. We remove her covers and raise her up for all to see her beauty and decorations. We bless her to release her seven voices. She lets us love her and pour life energy on us.
When people talk during the process of revealing the light of the Torah, they break the connection of everyone. If the reading is not done in complete silence then there is a great loss of the Light revealed through the unification with the Torah. Using amplified speaker system to hear the reader doesn’t overcome the spiritual disconnection. The sound of the Torah should vibrate naturally through with the voice of the reader and not synthesized by digital system. It’s not the same vibration and it’s not the same Torah energy.
The reader sees the words and when he utters them, he ‘broadcast’ the energy to the congregation. He should prepare himself before Shabbat for the reading, building a vessel to receive and channel the light of the Torah.
Ask the leader of your Shabbat Service to silence the people to have quality reading.
There’s no Kabbalah, ‘To Receive (the light)’ if one can not listen to the Torah reading properly.