Continued from previous DZ
“וְשַׁבֵּחַ אֲנִי אֶת הַמֵּתִים שֶׁכְּבָר מֵתוּ מִן הַחַיִּים אֲשֶׁר הֵמָּה חַיִּים עֲדֶנָה”
“So I congratulated the dead who are already dead than the living who are still living.”
The Zohar explains that those who walks in the ways of the Torah are called ‘living’ because they are connected to the Tree of Life. Those who are wicked and far from the Torah are called ‘dead’ because they are disconnected from the source of Life.
The question that is raised by the Zohar is how come King Solomon (Ecclesiastes) ‘congratulate’ the dead over the living. The Zohar explains that the verse doesn’t say ‘יותר’, ‘more’, meaning the ‘dead’ are given more praises than the living. It says ‘congratulate the dead who are already dead’ to indicate that those who experienced death and the process of reincarnation are in better state of correction. Those who went through more than one incarnation are even better because their correction process elevated them.
Those who are in this world for the first time don’t know if they have merits for the world to come until they go through death and correction.
Daily Zohar # 2470 – Chukat – Walk the ways of the 'living'