Daily Zohar # 2289 – Toldot – Let him go first so you can lead
“וַיִּתְרֹצְצוּ הַבָּנִים, בְּקִרְבָּהּ, וַתֹּאמֶר אִם-כֵּן, לָמָּה זֶּה אָנֹכִי; וַתֵּלֶךְ, לִדְרֹשׁ אֶת-יְהוָה”
“But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of YHVH.”
Rebecca was carrying twins, one was bad and one was good. The Zohar tells us that Esau was from the side of the Snake and Jacob from the side of the Holy throne. Their fight in the womb was the fight about the control of good or evil.
Jacob was the aspect of Zeir Anpin. Esau was the aspect of the lower world of Malchut with control of the other side. Jacob held Esau on his heel to control him with the holy Light.
The Zohar reveals that because Esau was from the other side Jacob separated himself from his brother so Esau wouldn’t t have a share with him of the Light in this world and in the world to come. Jacob used the method of the Snake to create separation between him and his negative brother. He held his heel as the Snake would if he wanted to control a man. Genesis 3:15 “He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”.
The prophet Hosea praised Jacob for his action before his birth that allowed him to overcome the angel of the negative side.
“בַּבֶּטֶן, עָקַב אֶת-אָחִיו; וּבְאוֹנוֹ, שָׂרָה אֶת-אֱלֹהִים”
“In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.”
“וַיָּשַׂר אֶל-מַלְאָךְ וַיֻּכָל, בָּכָה וַיִּתְחַנֶּן-לוֹ; בֵּית-אֵל, יִמְצָאֶנּוּ, וְשָׁם, יְדַבֵּר עִמָּנוּ”
“Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel And there He spoke with us,”
The lesson from this Zohar paragraph is that we can use the ‘tricks’ of the Snake to disconnect from the negative side and overcome it.