Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Shimon and Rabbi Yehuda kissed the Yenuka, praised him, saying that because of him, even the children at school are spiritually elevated. The mother came out asking them to look at her son only with good eye (opposite of evil eye). They praised the mother for being chosen by God out of all women to have such a special child.
The Yenuka said that he doesn’t fear evil eye because he’s a son of a great fish (Rav Hamnuna Saba, see previous DZ) and fish don’t afraid of evil eye as it is written (Genesis 48:16)
“הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל רָע יְבָרֵךְ אֶת הַנְּעָרִים וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ”
“The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; And may my name live on in them, And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.””
The sages explain that the secrets in the words “וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב” (the word for ‘fish’ is in these words) reveals that fish are covered by water, which is the aspect of Chassadim, from all directions. Their eyes have direct connection with the water around them and can’t give or receive evil eye. Those who have Chassadim around them are protected from evil eye.
The Zohar sages that are like great ‘fish’ replied to the mother and child saying that they don’t have evil eye and the Holy One Blessed Be He covers the child with his wings (the Shechina).
“רַבִּים מַכְאוֹבִים לָרָשָׁע וְהַבּוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה חֶסֶד יְסוֹבְבֶנּוּ”
“Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in YHVH, lovingkindness (Chassadim) shall surround him.”
The Torah is also considered as water. When we delve in it and study it we are protected and purified as if we go into the Mikveh.