Daily Zohar # 2568 – Lech Lecha – Abraham, Moses and the 72 names
Zohar Lech Lecha
King David had to connect to the patriarchs in Hebron before taking the crown of the Kingdom. He stayed in Hebron for seven year and six month to achieve complete connection to Zeir Anpin and Binah that is the ‘power’ of the ‘crown’.
It was similar with Abraham that needed to connect to the Land of Israel for proper connection to the Holy One Blessed Be He.
“וַיַּעֲבֹר אַבְרָם, בָּאָרֶץ…”
“And Abram passed through the land ”
The Zohar explains that the word “and he passed” “וַיַּעֲבֹר” implies to the 72 names that ‘sealed’ the creation of the world. The word is constructed from עב that equals to 72 and ויר that equals to 216 as the number of letters in the 72 names.
Before God revealed himself to Moses he said;
“וַיֹּאמֶר, אֲנִי אַעֲבִיר כָּל-טוּבִי עַל-פָּנֶיךָ, וְקָרָאתִי בְשֵׁם יְהוָה, לְפָנֶיךָ; וְחַנֹּתִי אֶת-אֲשֶׁר אָחֹן, וְרִחַמְתִּי אֶת-אֲשֶׁר אֲרַחֵם.”
“And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of YHVH before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”
God told Moses that he will show him all his ‘goodness’. The literal translation is “I will pass before you all my goodness…”. The word used is “אעביר” with the same root as “וַיַּעֲבֹר” and same numerical value when adding the letter count.
The ‘goodness is the thirteen attributes of God and the Torah starts their revelation with the same word “וַיַּעֲבֹר” that represents the 72 names as described above.
Exodus 34:6 “And YHVH passed before him…” “וַיַּעֲבֹר יְהוָה עַל-פָּנָיו”
The goodness is the complete light of the Tree of Life that is revealed in the world of Malchut (Kingdom) when we go up and connect to Binah to open the upper gates.
The 72 names is a very powerful tool and shouldn’t be used improperly. Breaking out names is the aspect of idol worshipping, having Gods for this benefit or another.
There are some names that can be used individually but only mentioned by the Holy Ari, Rabbi Chaim Vital or other great kabbalists of the past.
I do not use individual names nor recommend doing so. In most cases it’s a waste of energy to the other side when the meditation doesn’t match the true essence of the name.
I do recommend scanning the entire 72 names chart and or read/scan or listen to the 72 names prayer as arranged by Rabbi Menachem Azariah of Pano. Read and watch video here:
Audio only: https://soundcloud.com/dailyzohar/72-names-prayer-fast-version