This study is a little bit long because I wanted to complete the Zohar Section related to the Yenuka.
They went to Rabbi Shimon and told him about the revelations that the Yenuka revealed. He said that it is beautiful but the child won’t live long. Like a thin piece of wood that burns quick with large flame but quick to die.
Rabbi Shimon explained to them that the child is the son of Rav Hamnuna.
“גִּבּוֹר בָּאָרֶץ יִהְיֶה זַרְעוֹ דּוֹר יְשָׁרִים יְבֹרָךְ.”
“His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.”
‘mighty on earth’ is the one who is great in Torah studies and control his evil inclination. He is elevated and draw great light.
‘The generation of the upright will be blessed’ is for those who are ‘mighty on earth’ and merit to bring righteous souls like Rav Hamnuna Sava.
Rabbi Aba mentions that there are children that reveal great things and live long and become leaders of people. Rabbi Shimon answers that those children receive few gifts for their efforts in Torah studies. The Yenuka is different because he has full knowledge and consciousness of his revelations.
The Holy One Blessed be He loves such kind of ‘Apple’ and for that the child must leave the world, praised his share in the world to come.
2 Kings 19:30
“וְיָסְפָה פְּלֵיטַת בֵּית-יְהוּדָה, הַנִּשְׁאָרָה–שֹׁרֶשׁ לְמָטָּה; וְעָשָׂה פְרִי, לְמָעְלָה.”
“And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root below and bear fruit above.”
The righteous like Rav Hamnuna Sava have roots below that is the study halls in heavens. (Roots are always spiritual) The Yenuka connected to similar root like his father that passed away and continue to bring fruits. Fruits is the aspects of revealing light, in the higher levels of heaven.
Rabbi Shimon praised the roots and the fruits and said that if it wasn’t against the will of God that wants to smell the ‘apple’, he would have protected the child and let him live long life. He also wished that the mother won’t see pain. And so it happened like Rabbi Shimon predicted that the child passed away shortly after.
Rabbi Shimon use the word ‘Apple’ to describe the special child because the apple is a fruit that represent the three columns with its colors of white, red and green. It has special scent and the seeds for the next tree is already in it to guarantee continuation.
Malchut is called a ‘field’ and the righteous are called ‘Holy apples’ working in the field.
When special souls drawn down to the world by the merit of their parents, they have very little to correct in this world. To protect such souls God may take them while they are young and innocence before they grow with greater evil inclination that may make them to fail.
Daily Zohar # 2795 – Balak – The scent of a special apple.