Daily Zohar # 2157 – Shelach Lecha – Faith is a matter of life and death
28. הָלְכוּ רַבִּי חִזְקִיָּה וְרַבִּי יֵיסָא. עַד שֶׁהָיוּ הוֹלְכִים פָּגְעוּ בְּאוֹתָם בְּנֵי אָדָם. שָׁאֲלוּ אֶת רַבִּי חִזְקִיָּה וְרַבִּי יֵיסָא עָלָיו. אָמְרוּ, מַה שְּׁמוֹ שֶׁל אוֹתוֹ אָדָם? אָמְרוּ, רַבִּי חַגַּי הוּא, וְחָבֵר בֵּין הַחֲבֵרִים הוּא, וּשְׁלָחוּהוּ הַחֲבֵרִים מִבָּבֶל לָדַעַת דְּבָרִים מֵרַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן יוֹחַאי וּשְׁאָר הַחֲבֵרִים. אָמַר רַבִּי יֵיסָא, וַדַּאי זֶהוּ רַבִּי חַגַּי, שֶׁכָּל יָמָיו לֹא רָצָה לְהַרְאוֹת עַצְמוֹ בְּמַה שֶּׁיָּדַע, וְעַל זֶה אָמַר לָנוּ שֶׁהֲרֵי בְּנוֹ זָכָה לוֹ בַּתּוֹרָה, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁאָמַר הַפָּסוּק, (שם) רָאִיתָ אִישׁ חָכָם בְּעֵינָיו תִּקְוָה לִכְסִיל מִמֶּנּוּ. וַדַּאי שָׁלִיחַ נֶאֱמָן הוּא, (וְאַשְׁרָיו הוּא שָׁלִיחַ נֶאֱמָן) וְאַשְׁרָיו מִי שֶׁשָּׁלַח דְּבָרָיו בִּידֵי שָׁלִיחַ נֶאֱמָן.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Rabbi Chiszkia and Rabbi Yessa met a person on the road and engaged in a discussion of Torah. That man was wise and they asked him to join and walk with them. He refused and told them that he may risk his life by joining them because he was sent on a mission to deliver a message.
He quoted King Solomon;
“מְקַצֶּה רַגְלַיִם, חָמָס שֹׁתֶה– שֹׁלֵחַ דְּבָרִים בְּיַד-כְּסִיל”
“He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.”
Rabbi Chiszkia and Rabbi Yessa enquired about that person and were told that he was on a mission from Babylonia to learn from Rabbi Shimon. He never wanted to show his knowledge, and because of that he merited to have a child with great connection to the Torah.
The Zohar explains that the spies Moses sent to tour the Land risked their lives in this world and the world to come for not having a complete faith in their mission.
The spies were heads of tribes, and Moses sent them to find a ‘tree’ in the Land. The roots of the Tree of Life are in the Holy Land, and the spies were on a mission to find and connect to them. They failed and brought death on themselves, and created a longer process for the Israelites to reach the Promised Land.
We are the Israelites on a mission to finish our correction with complete faith in the path of the Torah, and reach the ‘Promised Land’ that is a full connection to the Tree of Life. Unfortunately, there are some distractions on our path, mostly from leaders who suppose to know and lead according to the Torah.
There is a kabbalah student that came out with a statement that Jesus was a kabbalist (Initials JWAK). This is terribly wrong and holds people from following the path of the Torah. The Torah is truth and the roots of the Tree of Life. If it’s not in the Torah it’s not truth.
If you have faith in the Torah then you must follow it with full heart to have a unification with the Tree of Life. If you have faith in Rabbi Shimon and the Zohar as the great source of revealing the secrets and Light of the Torah then stay with the Zohar without incorporating distraction like JWAK. If you believe that God made a new covenant with Jesus, forgetting to use the Hebrew letters and or erase/cancel the Torah then stay with your faith without distraction.
Other faiths have different spiritual connections and may have merits in the Final Redemption. I won’t go into deep discussion about this issue not to be distracted from my mission.
I would say only that even though Jesus was not supposed to turn his followers into a new religion, God allowed it to become what it is. People needed to keep the faith in one God, until the coming of Mashiach and Final Redemption.
Read Matthew 5:17-20 for a testimony that Jesus never rejected the Torah, and in fact tells his followers that the Torah is truth. Matthew 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law (the Torah) until all is accomplished.”. Christians can keep the moral teaching from the gospel but its time to go back to the roots and follow the Torah.
Now that we are close to this time, many Israelites souls among Christians touched by the Light of the Zohar and are waking up, seeking their roots. Having a thought like JWAK’s is the aspect of cutting their feet, like we learn from the Zohar story and the verse above.
Our souls were sent down to this life on a mission to find the Light and study the YHVH name in all of its aspects. This can be done ONLY through following the Torah and the Zohar as the ultimate guide to understanding the Torah.