Daily Zohar # 2323 – Vayigash – The secret of Rabbi Shimon and the Holy anointing oil
Continued from previous DZ
The Zohar explains that all the Lights from above including Chokmah and Chessed comes through Yosef HaTzadik, who is Yessod. He brings the light to the world of Malchut that is nourished by him. The Zohar reveals another special light that comes through Yessod. It is called ‘שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת-קֹדֶשׁ’ ‘Holy Annointing Oil’ with the purpose of revealing light on earth.
God commanded Moses to make a special oil and incense mixtures to serve as a conduit for this special light in the world. See Exodus 30:22-33.
This oil was used to anoint the entire tent of the Holy Tabernacle, the Altar, all the sacred tools used in the service in the Tabernacle and the priests.
According to the sages the volume of this oil was the size of 72 eggs, which is about 4 liters or one gallon. This oil was made only once by Moses. The wonder is that this oil was sufficient to anoint the Holy Tabernacle with the tools and priest and still left for the future as we read in Exodus 30:31
“וְאֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, תְּדַבֵּר לֵאמֹר: שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת-קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה זֶה, לִי–לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם”
“You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations”
The focus on the words; ‘This’ and ‘throughout your generations’. It is amazing to know that this oil is still in existence somewhere. We know that the kings of Israel were also anointed by the same oil. We understand that the light in this oil comes from the Endless and gives it ‘Endless’ aspect.
Before the Israelites exiled during the destruction of the first Holy Temple, King Yoshiyahu ordered to conceal special items that were in use during the services in the Holy Temple. It was the Holy Ark, Aaron’s staff (It was connected to special miracles, Exodus 9:10, Numbers 17:33), the jar of Manna and the Holy anointing oil.
On Friday nights we sing the song “Bar Yochai”. The first line of the song reads;
“בַּר יוֹחָאַי, שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת קֹדֶשׁ, נִמְשַׁחְתָּ מִמִּדַּת הַקֹּדֶשׁ, נָשָׂאתָ צִיץ נֵזֶר הַקֹּדֶשׁ, חָבוּשׁ עַל רֹאשְׁךָ פְּאֵרֶךָ:”
“Bar Yochai, Holy anointed oil, you were anointed from the holy measure (Endless), you wore the holy crown (like Aaron the priest) bound on your head with splendor.”
Moses helped Rabbi Shimon in revealing the light of the Endless and for us the Zohar is the aspect of the Holy anointing oil.