“הֶחָכָם עֵינָיו בְּרֹאשׁוֹ, וְהַכְּסִיל בַּחֹשֶׁךְ הוֹלֵךְ; וְיָדַעְתִּי גַם-אָנִי, שֶׁמִּקְרֶה אֶחָד יִקְרֶה אֶת-כֻּלָּם”
“The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both.”
Everyone’s eyes are in their head and King Solomon (Ecclesiastes) didn’t write this to teach us body anatomy but to show the difference between the wise and the fool. The head is the highest body part in the body and it connects us to Chokmah (Wisdom). The wise looks up and find wisdom to see beyond the physical/ material realm. The fool looks down (Malchut) and walk in darkness where he experience obstacles on his path.
The Shechina is above our head to help us connect higher and for that reason spiritual people cover their head. It’s not about religious practice or religious identity. The body is used as spiritual tool and the covering of the head and body is important when we want to make proper spiritual connection. The High priest in the Holy Temple used to wear special clothing that the Torah describes in Details. He had 8 pieces of garments while a simple priest had only four. Because of their different duties they had different garments. Even their head covering was different. Their cloths were spiritual tool that helped connect draw and channel the Light from the upper levels.
Before the morning prayer we make special blessing before we cover ourselves with the Tzitzit and the prayer shawl. Some religious practice wear a hat on top of the yarmulke for additional vessel/elevation. During parts of the prayers we raise the prayer shawl above our head.
It’s good to have special clothes for Shabbat because the energy is elevated. We should always wear clothes covering most or our entire body before we pray or even holding the Zohar for study.
There’s a story found in the book ‘חמדת הימים’ about students of the Holy Ari, (Link to the book Wiki page in Hebrew). It tells about Rav Israel Nagara, Z”L, who was a great poet, writing spiritual songs inspired by the holy spirit. He was singing songs on Friday nights and camps of angels came to listen and be joyful with his singing. One time the Holy Ari saw that the angels were sent back because Rav Israel Nagara had short sleeves and singing without a hat. The Holy Ari sent a messenger to Rav Israel to tell him to wear properly and after he was proper the angels came back.
So you can not take Zohar book to the beach or to the pool, even if you are fully dressed, looking at our people with limited clothing takes away the entire connection. Disrespect to the sacred text may bring judgment and undesired outcome.
As you dress properly for a job interview expecting positive outcome, dress properly for spiritual connection to receive the Light.
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A copy of a page from the book of songs by Rav Israel Nagara.
First print (Venice 1599)
Daily Zohar # 2472 – Balak – Why wise man's eyes are in his head