Daily Zohar # 2345 – Bo – The Leviathan
I copied here the previous two for easier study
Repeated from DZ 2343
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, בֹּא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה: כִּי-אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת-לִבּוֹ, וְאֶת-לֵב עֲבָדָיו, לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה, בְּקִרְבּוֹ.”
“Then YHVH said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may perform these signs of Mine among them,”
When God told Moses to came to Pharaoh he let him enter deeper levels in the world of Pharaoh. Moses saw a great monster (‘תַּנִּים’ ‘Tanim’) with deep spiritual roots in higher levels and he feared it.
“דַּבֵּר וְאָמַרְתָּ כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנְנִי עָלֶיךָ פַּרְעֹה מֶלֶךְ-מִצְרַיִם, הַתַּנִּים הַגָּדוֹל, הָרֹבֵץ בְּתוֹךְ יְאֹרָיו: אֲשֶׁר אָמַר לִי יְאֹרִי, וַאֲנִי עֲשִׂיתִנִי”
“”Speak and say, ‘Thus says YHVH GOD, “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, The great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, That has said, ‘My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.’”
Because of Moses’s fear, God released his power to make war with Pharaoh.
Repeated from DZ 2344
“וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֶת-הַתַּנִּינִם הַגְּדֹלִים; וְאֵת כָּל-נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיָּה הָרֹמֶשֶׂת אֲשֶׁר שָׁרְצוּ הַמַּיִם לְמִינֵהֶם, וְאֵת כָּל-עוֹף כָּנָף לְמִינֵהוּ, וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים, כִּי-טוֹב”
“God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.”
On the fifth day, God created the creatures of the sea, including the sea monsters.
The word for ‘mosters’ ‘תַּנִּינִם’ is missing the letter י Yod that makes it proper plural form. The Zohar explains that this is the secret of the Leviathan and his female but because of their great powers, God killed the woman and castrated the male so they won’t corrupt the spiritual balance in the world. God preserved that energy for the Tzadikim in the world to come.
The Zohar reveals that the great monster that we discussed above is the male Leviathan that was left without a female to reproduce.
This Leviathan controls nine rivers that are the aspects of the nine sefirot. Another river that has calm waters is Keter. It connects to the Right, Left and Central columns. The Leviathan swims back to the river of Keter, swallows and assimilate lower levels. The other nine rivers comes to the river of Keter to receive their flow of water and spread in heavens. Another river brings blessings from the Right and it is the most important one.
This Zohar is long and enigmatic and I hope to understand and explain it by the end of this week.
Later I will explain from the Zohar and sages why the male leviathan left alone and why God promised to feed the Righteous from the meat of leviathan after the final redemption.