Daily Zohar # 2297 – Vayetze – Rise up!
The Zohar teaches us about two places where YHVH was asked to ‘rise up’. One time by Moses and once by King David.
“וַיְהִי בִּנְסֹעַ הָאָרֹן, וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה: קוּמָה יְהוָה, וְיָפֻצוּ אֹיְבֶיךָ, וְיָנֻסוּ מְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, מִפָּנֶיךָ.”
“And whenever the ark set out, Moses said, ‘Rise up, O YHVH! And let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.”
“קוּמָה יְהוָה, לִמְנוּחָתֶךָ: אַתָּה, וַאֲרוֹן עֻזֶּךָ”
“Arise, O YHVH, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength.”
The Zohar explains that Moses was a Chariot for Zeir Anpin and was the ‘husband’ of the Shechina. He was on a higher level and was able to command God to remove those who hate him.
King David ‘invited’ YHVH to a state of rest like a person inviting his master to his home. When he said ‘You and the Ark’, King David meant the Light and the Vessel, Zeir Anpin and the Shechina.
Moses’s command came when the Ark was moving/ We use this exact verse when we take the Torah out of the Ark for reading. The purpose of the Torah reading is to connect us to Zeir Anpin to draw the higher level Light to Malchut and remove negativity from us and our environment.
King David is the aspect of Malchut and he could only invite the Holy Ark to ‘rest’ with him. The ‘rest’ is what we ask many time on Shabbat.
When the Holy Ark in the wilderness or the Torah in our time, going back to their place Moses said “return YHVH…’.
“וּבְנֻחֹה, יֹאמַר: שׁוּבָה יְהוָה, רִבְבוֹת אַלְפֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל”
“When it came to rest, he said, “Return, O
YHVH, To the myriad thousands of Israel.”
After removing the enemies the Ark/Torah are brought back to their place.