Daily Zohar # 2294 – Toldot – The beloved
Song of Songs 7:
“הַדּוּדָאִים נָתְנוּ-רֵיחַ, וְעַל-פְּתָחֵינוּ כָּל-מְגָדִים–חֲדָשִׁים, גַּם-יְשָׁנִים; דּוֹדִי, צָפַנְתִּי לָךְ.”
“The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all precious fruits, Both new and old, Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.”
Rabbi Yitzhak in the Zohar says that we need to read the word הַדּוּדָאִים ‘mandrakes’ without the letter א as דודים, which means ‘beloved’. The ‘beloved’ are the body and soul because they are related and close to each other.
From Webster dictionary: The Mandrake is a Mediterranean herb (Mandragora officinarum) of the nightshade family with large ovate leaves, greenish-yellow or purple flowers, and a large usually forked root resembling a human in form and formerly credited with magical properties b : the root of a mandrake formerly used especially to promote conception, as a cathartic, or as a narcotic and soporific.
The Zohar reveals that as the Mandrake gives birth to love in the world, so does the body and soul. The fragrance is the aspect of the quality of their actions in revealing Light.
‘And over our doors’ are the gates of heavens that open to bring down souls to the lifeless bodies.
‘all precious fruits’ are the souls.
‘new and old’ are the soul that passed away after long life and souls that passed away after short life. Those who lived short life earned by their action the merit to enter the world to come. In the future they will come down at once to enter bodies that will be ready for them.
The body and soul are partners in doing the spiritual work in this world. They should be in love with each other and serve one another. The soul can not do work without the body and the body needs the soul to initiate positive actions to purify it.