Daily Zohar # 2728 – Behar – Do that and they will be afraid of you
Improper sexual unification has the aspect of idol worshiping because its focus on the pleasures of the body. Actions that bring a person closer to the other side separates him from YHVH.
“עַל כֵּן קָרָא שְׁמָהּ בָּבֶל כִּי שָׁם בָּלַל יְהוָה שְׂפַת כָּל הָאָרֶץ וּמִשָּׁם הֱפִיצָם יְהוָה עַל פְּנֵי כָּל הָאָרֶץ”
“Therefore its name was called Babel, because there YHVH confused the language of the whole earth; and from there YHVH scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
The people of Babylon had the power of the Hebrew letters and could harness strong spiritual forces for their own purposes. They used it to draw Light from the upper levels to this world for selfish purposes. They went against the intended and positive purposes of the letters. God ‘mixed’ the language so they won’t be able to corrupt the pure spiritual system.
God gave us the Torah as a tool to connect to his name in proper and balanced ways.
“וַיֹּאמֶר עוֹד אֱלֹהִים אֶל מֹשֶׁה כֹּה תֹאמַר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֵיכֶם אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב שְׁלָחַנִי אֲלֵיכֶם זֶה שְּׁמִי לְעֹלָם וְזֶה זִכְרִי לְדֹר דֹּר”
“God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘YHVH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name (זֶה שְּׁמִי) forever, and this is My memorial-name (וְזֶה זִכְרִי) to all generations.”
The Zohar reveals that the first two letters, YH יה of the YHVH name with ‘my name, שמי’ has numerical value of 365 corresponds to the 365 precepts of the Torah of “You shall not do…”. ‘My memorial name, זִכְרִי’ with the the letters VH וה of the name have numerically value of 248, corresponding to the 248 precepts of positive actions.
The word for precept is מצוה. The last two letters are the וה VH of the YHVH name. The first two are מצ and when we follow the mitzvah we transform the letters to their אתבש atbash and we get יה YH and together we get יהוה YHVH. With every Mitzvah we make a ‘name’ for ourselves.
The precepts, ‘Mitzvah’ of the Torah are opportunities for us to make connection to the central column and the YHVH name and draw down blessings.
Mitzvah and Atbash אתבש table
In Atbash אתבש the first letter is replaced with the last letter, the second with the second to last letter and so on as we see below.
The first two letters of מצוה (precept) מ and צ have the numerical value of 130 which is 10 times ‘love’ אהבה (Numerically 13). It direct us to do the precept with love because the YHVH name, numerically 26 represents twice 13 = twice love. With that we make unification of upper and lower and enjoy flow of light to our world.
Our body have 248 parts and every precept connects our body to the name YHVH. The outcome of following the precepts described in Deuteronomy 28:10
“וְרָאוּ כָּל עַמֵּי הָאָרֶץ כִּי שֵׁם יְהוָה נִקְרָא עָלֶיךָ וְיָרְאוּ מִמֶּךָּ”
“So all the peoples of the earth will see that the name of YHVH can be read on you, and they will be afraid of you.”
The 365 precepts of avoiding doing negative is a daily work as the number of these precepts implies. We build the name with the 248 and preserve it by not following negative actions that may separate the name from us.