Zohar Shelach Lecha
“וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ: זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם”
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
The Zohar reveals that God has three worlds that he concealed from us. The first one is Zeir Anpin of Atzilut (World of Emanation). It is the most concealed world and is ‘accessible’ only to those who are in this world.
“פִּתְחוּ-לִי שַׁעֲרֵי-צֶדֶק; אָבֹא-בָם, אוֹדֶה יָהּ.”
“Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the YH”
The second world is Malchut of Atzilut that serves as a gate to the first world.
The third world is Briah, Yetzirah and Asiyah (Creation, Formation and Action). This world has the aspect of separation in it.
“וְנָהָר יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן, לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת-הַגָּן; וּמִשָּׁם, יִפָּרֵד, וְהָיָה, לְאַרְבָּעָה רָאשִׁים.”
“Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.”
The Holy One Blessed be He comes down to the world of Briah, Yetzirah and Asiyah when we express the desire see and connect to him. This expression must be in holiness, Kedusha.
We have a special opportunity to make this higher connection on Shabbats and holidays. After the Torah reading and during the Musaf (Silent prayer, Amida), we recite the Kedusha together with the congregation. At this point of the prayer we are at the high level that allow us to use the words of the angels. We call קדוש קדוש קדוש, “Holy, Holy, Holy” and raise the question “Where is the place of his thrown?”
This question actually reveals the answer with the word ‘אַיֵּה’, which means ‘where’ but also has the letters of the world of Atzilut.
After that and like the angels we bless the presence of YHVH with “בָּרוּךְ כְּבוֹד-יְהוָה, מִמְּקוֹמוֹ” “Blessed be the glory of YHVH from His place’;”
These words are from Ezekiel 3:12 expressed by the angels.
Continued in the next DZ