Daily Zohar # 2631 – Vaera – Twelve precious stones
Continued from previous DZ
“וְנָהָרּ יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת הַגָּן וּמִשָּׁם יִפָּרֵד וְהָיָה לְאַרְבָּעָה רָאשִׁים”
“Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.”
The element of Earth with the force of the upper three bring out four rivers with precious stones. The river Pishon came out from the Fire element of the Earth.
11: “שֵׁם הָאֶחָד, פִּישׁוֹן–הוּא הַסֹּבֵב, אֵת כָּל-אֶרֶץ הַחֲוִילָה, אֲשֶׁר-שָׁם, הַזָּהָב”
“The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.”
12: “וּזְהַב הָאָרֶץ הַהִוא, טוֹב; שָׁם הַבְּדֹלַח, וְאֶבֶן הַשֹּׁהַם”
“The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there.”
There are twelve precious stones in the four rivers. Three to each of the four directions, North, South, East and West. They are related to the 12 tribes of Israel. Also linked to the twelve oxen holding the sea that King Solomon build in the Holy Temple. The ‘sea’ was a copper pool for water standing on top of twelve oxen. The water in this ‘sea’ used for the different services done in the Holy Temple.
1 Kings 7:25
“עֹמֵד עַל-שְׁנֵי עָשָׂר בָּקָר, שְׁלֹשָׁה פֹנִים צָפוֹנָה וּשְׁלֹשָׁה פֹנִים יָמָּה וּשְׁלֹשָׁה פֹּנִים נֶגְבָּה וּשְׁלֹשָׁה פֹּנִים מִזְרָחָה, וְהַיָּם עֲלֵיהֶם, מִלְמָעְלָה; וְכָל-אֲחֹרֵיהֶם, בָּיְתָה”
“It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east; and the sea was set on top of them, and all their rear parts turned inward.”
The twelve precious stones represent the Lights that come from the upper sefirot to Malchut.
The four elements / aspects make the foundation of the world but to maintain its existence the world needs the light of Ruach, that comes from Da’at that is the root of the Central Column.
“גַּם בְּלֹא-דַעַת נֶפֶשׁ לֹא-טוֹב; ”
”Without Knowledge (Da’at), Nefesh is not good”
The soul level of Nefesh is the light that holds the vessel together but without light of Ruach that comes from the Sefira of Da’at, the vessel/body cannot maintain its existence.