Daily Zohar # 2771 – Chukat – How to avoid fiery snakes
Today’s study is a little longer because I wanted to complete this Zohar study before moving to the next Zohar portion.
“וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי, וַתִּלְבַּשׁ אֶסְתֵּר מַלְכוּת”
“Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal (Malchut) apparel”
The scroll of Esther included in the Bible because it was said with the Holy spirit. On the third day of the fast, the body is very weak and that allowed Esther’s soul to wear the spiritual garments of the supernal Malchut. In such state of spiritual elevation, she had the holy spirit with her.
“אֵין אֶסְתֵּר, מַגֶּדֶת מוֹלַדְתָּהּ וְאֶת-עַמָּהּ, כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה עָלֶיהָ, מָרְדֳּכָי; וְאֶת-מַאֲמַר מָרְדֳּכַי אֶסְתֵּר עֹשָׂה, כַּאֲשֶׁר הָיְתָה בְאָמְנָה אִתּוֹ”
“Esther had not yet made known her kindred or her people, even as Mordecai had commanded her; for Esther did what Mordecai told her as she had done when under his care.”
Esther restricted her mouth from speaking. The Zohar reveals that because of that she merited to have the holy spirit with her.
Those who speak only when necessary and don’t speak negative earn merits to have the holy spirit with them. Negative speak is from the side of the lying evil Snake that is drawn to those who speak negative and evil.
The physical pleasures of this worlds, especially food, ground us, limiting our ability to make spiritual connections and elevate our souls. Great Tzadikim were known to fast almost every day from sunrise to sundown and even them eat small amount of food, just to keep their body stay alive. When we transform our source of life from material to spiritual we have the higher level of life force in our body. Our words is the aspect of Malchut, which is the manifestation of our thoughts and inner voice. Negative words bring us down and positive and sacred text elevate us high.
A continuous fast of 72 hours (three nights and days without water or food) is the ultimate spiritual cleanser. It will cleanse almost all impurities from our vessel. It’s important to keep this fast as a secret from others to avoid inflating the ego, a feeling that would corrupt the purity of the process.
To get into spiritual cleansing it would be good to do daily fast (from wake up to sundown) as frequent as possible. Erev Rosh Chodesh is a good day for fasting as a preparation of the vessel for the light of Rosh Chodesh. On that day we have all the Tzadikim in this world.
“וַיְדַבֵּר הָעָם, בֵּאלֹהִים וּבְמֹשֶׁה, לָמָה הֶעֱלִיתֻנוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם, לָמוּת בַּמִּדְבָּר: כִּי אֵין לֶחֶם, וְאֵין מַיִם, וְנַפְשֵׁנוּ קָצָה, בַּלֶּחֶם הַקְּלֹקֵל”
“The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.””
“וַיְשַׁלַּח יְהוָה בָּעָם אֵת הַנְּחָשִׁים הַשְּׂרָפִים וַיְנַשְּׁכוּ אֶת הָעָם וַיָּמָת עַם רָב מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל”
“YHVH sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.”
We read and learn from these verses about the connection between evil speech and the Snake.
The ‘nation’, which is reference to the Erev Rav (mixed multitude) spoke negatively on God and Moses at the same time, putting them on the same level. Because of that, God sent the fiery snakes.
Rabbi Chiya reveals that the snakes were coming with fire in their mouth, whispering spells, bite, spitting fire into the people and killing them.
“אִם יִשֹּׁךְ הַנָּחָשׁ בְּלוֹא לָחַשׁ וְאֵין יִתְרוֹן לְבַעַל הַלָּשׁוֹן”
“If the serpent bites before being spelled, there is no profit for the owner of the tongue.”
The snakes will not bite a person without being told to do so. The verse also tells us that those who speak negative have no gain from their words. Having the ‘tongue’ and teh ‘Snake’ in the same verse means that there’s a direct connection between the tongue/words and the snake, bite, which is aspect of death.
Evil speech brings aspect of death same as the Snake brought mortality on Adam and Eve. Negative words will never help the one saying them. They bring immediate aspect of death on them.
On Yom Kippur we put great focus on repentance and cleansing of all aspects of ‘blood shed’ that is for most people is the negative words they release into the world.