Zohar Acharei Mot
“שְׁחוֹרָה אֲנִי וְנָאוָה בְּנוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִָם כְּאָהֳלֵי קֵדָר כִּירִיעוֹת שְׁלֹמֹה”
“”I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.”
These words said by the Shechina to the Holy One when she is in the state of exile.
‘I am black’ is the aspect of the state of Malchut that is dark and have no light of its own.
‘Lovely’ is the aspect of having the Torah that is the connection to the beauty and love of the Creator.
‘The tent of Kedar’ is the aspect of desert dwellers with dark face from the sun.
King Solomon was the king of peace and ‘the curtains of Solomon’ represented the heavens and the aspect of beauty and Light.
“אַל תִּרְאוּנִי שֶׁאֲנִי שְׁחַרְחֹרֶת שֶׁשֱּׁזָפַתְנִי הַשָּׁמֶשׁ בְּנֵי אִמִּי נִחֲרוּ בִי שָׂמֻנִי נֹטֵרָה אֶת הַכְּרָמִים כַּרְמִי שֶׁלִּי לֹא נָטָרְתִּי”
“Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.”
We cannot see the Shechina because as she says; ‘I am swarthy’. It is because she is not connected properly to Zeir Anpin, the sun.
Daily Zohar # 2718 – Acharei Mot – I am black but lovely