“אֵשֶׁת-חַיִל, מִי יִמְצָא; וְרָחֹק מִפְּנִינִים מִכְרָהּ”
“A woman of valour who can find? for her price is far above rubies.”
The woman of valor is the aspect of the Shechinah and the vessel that can draw and hold the great light from above.
The Zohar teaches us that the home is our vessel and the vessel should be treated with utmost value.
“לֹא-יַעַרְכֶנָּה זָהָב, וּזְכוֹכִית; וּתְמוּרָתָהּ כְּלִי-פָז”
“Gold and glass cannot equal it; neither shall the exchange of her vessels of fine gold.”
A good vessel holds great Light and reflects brightly but when the vessel is corrupted, it loses strength and breaks down.
“אֵשֶׁת-חַיִל, עֲטֶרֶת בַּעְלָהּ; וּכְרָקָב בְּעַצְמוֹתָיו מְבִישָׁה”
“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.”
To protect and strengthen our vessel is by connecting and supporting the Shechina. It is done by study and following the ways of the Torah.
The Zohar was made by rabbi Shimon to support the Shechina during the difficult generations before Mashiach. Without it we would’ve fallen into darkness and decay. The Zohar is a pure vessel that holds a great Light. When we connect to it we draw from its light into our vessels.