Daily Zohar # 2613 – Vayigash – How to avoid becoming a living dead
Daily Zohar 2613
Daily Zohar 2613
52. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אָמַר לֹא הַמֵּתִים יְהַלְלוּ יָהּ. לֹא הַמֵּתִים, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁצָּרִיךְ לְשַׁבֵּחַ חַי לְחַי. וּמֵת לְחַי לֹא כֵן, שֶׁכָּתוּב לֹא הַמֵּתִים יְהַלְלוּ יָהּ, וַאֲנַחְנוּ נְבָרֵךְ יָהּ, שֶׁהֲרֵי אָנוּ חַיִּים, וְאֵין לָנוּ חֵלֶק בְּצַד הַמָּוֶת כְּלָל. חִזְקִיָּהוּ אָמַר, (ישעיה לח) חַי חַי הוּא יוֹדֶךָ כָּמוֹנִי, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁחַי מִתְקָרֵב לְחַי. דָּוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ הוּא חַי, וְהַקִּרְבָה שֶׁלּוֹ לְחַי הָעוֹלָמִים, וּמִי שֶׁנִּקְרָב אֵלָיו הוּא חַי, שֶׁכָּתוּב וְאַתֶּם הַדְּבֵקִים בַּה’ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם חַיִּים כֻּלְּכֶם הַיּוֹם, וְכָתוּב וּבְנָיָהוּ בֶּן יְהוֹיָדָע בֶּן אִישׁ חַי רַב פְּעָלִים מִקַּבְצְאֵל.
Night time is the aspect of the Left, Gevurah and daytime is the aspect of the Right, Chessed. The Torah study at night is the aspect of Chokmah.
He who praise his master at night with the sound of Torah, gets strength from Gevurah during the day. The Chokmah received during the night from the Left is dressed during the day with Chessed of the Right. The Zohar describes it as a string of Chessed from the Right that connects and protects the one who studied Torah at night.
“לֹא הַמֵּתִים, יְהַלְלוּ-יָהּ; וְלֹא, כָּל-יֹרְדֵי דוּמָה”
“The dead do not praise YH, Nor do any who go down into Dumah (death);”
The angel appointed to the graves and keep the books about the dead is called ‘דומה’ ‘Dumah’.
The sages teach us that the wicked are called dead while living in this world because they do not connect to the Light that is life.
The verse now reads “the wicked don’t praise you YH, neither those who already dead and buried.”
The righteous think about the day they will leave the world. They prepare themselves by following the spiritual laws of the Torah to cleanse and grow their souls. When their souls come before the judge, they will be rewarded for all that they did right.
Only during this lifetime we can follow the Torah and earn merits for the world to come. The Torah tells us that holding to YHVH, which is done through the study of the Torah is the way to have the life that is our goal in the world to come.
“וְאַתֶּם הַדְּבֵקִים בַּיהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם חַיִּים כֻּלְּכֶם הַיּוֹם.”
“But you who held fast to YHVH your God are alive today, every one of you.”
“חַי חַי הוּא יוֹדֶךָ, כָּמוֹנִי הַיּוֹם; אָב לְבָנִים, יוֹדִיעַ אֶל-אֲמִתֶּךָ”
“It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.”
With the study of Zohar we connect to wells of life that the Zohar dig for us from the Torah. We should participate in the ‘digging’ and ask questions to learn and understand more, refining the light in our vessels.