Daily Zohar # 2862 – Lech Lecha – The beginning of Wisdom…Take your 'vitamins'
Zohar Lech Lecha
“כִּי אֶת כָּל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה רֹאֶה לְךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה וּלְזַרְעֲךָ עַד עוֹלָם”
“for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.”
When God told this to Abraham he understood that there is a work to go through in order to earn the future benefits. He needed to correct Malchut to receive the upper light.
Abraham had a soul Neshama of Neshamah that is the supreme level of the light of the soul level of Chaya. Sarah was the aspect of Neshama. Lot, Abraham’s nephew was the aspect of the Snake and the partner of Sam-el the angel of the other side. Isaac was the aspect of the holy aspect of Rush. Rebecca was the aspect of holy level of Nefesh.
The evil inclination is the aspect of animal level of Ruach as it said by King Solomon;
“מִי יוֹדֵעַ רוּחַ בְּנֵי הָאָדָם הָעֹלָה הִיא לְמָעְלָה וְרוּחַ הַבְּהֵמָה הַיֹּרֶדֶת הִיא לְמַטָּה לָאָרֶץ”
“Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?”
The animal soul level of Nefesh is from the evil side.
The level of Neshama of Neshama comes to a person when he is with awe and wisdom, that is a connection to the sefirah of Chokmah.
“רֵאשִׁית חָכְמָה יִרְאַת יְהוָה שֵׂכֶל טוֹב לְכָל עֹשֵׂיהֶם תְּהִלָּתוֹ עֹמֶדֶת לָעַד”
“The awe of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom (Chokmah); all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
The Neshama comes by repentance, Teshuvah that is called Binah. The level of Ruach is called ‘voice’ and Da’at. It comes to the person that his voice utter Torah. Ruach is also called the written Torah. The good deeds come from the positive aspect of the level of Nefesh.
The lights of the soul come from Chokmah, Binah and Da’at.
The patriarchs and matriarchs represent for us levels of light that we can draw and expand our soul. Just by studying the Torah through the Zohar we make spiritual connections to these levels that elevate our souls. The Zohar specifies the importance of the written Torah to achieve the level of Ruach.
Almost every paragraph of the Zohar refers to a Torah verse that reveals its inner light and deeper meaning. The Daily Zohar follows the study method of the Zohar and bring the complete Torah verse. It allow us to connect to the written Torah and draw the light of Ruach from the upper sefirot.
The Daily Zohar is not always easy to understand but it’s like spiritual vitamins that nourish us even if we don’t logically understand how it works.
Talmud, tractate Peah 1:1
“אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאֵין לָהֶם שִׁעוּר: הַפֵּאָה, וְהַבִּכּוּרִים, וְהָרְאָיוֹן, וּגְמִילוּת חֲסָדִים, וְתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה. אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶם בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, וְהַקֶּרֶן קַיֶּמֶת לוֹ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא: כִּבּוּד אָב וָאֵם, וּגְמִילוּת חֲסָדִים, וַהֲבָאַת שָׁלוֹם בֵּין אָדָם לַחֲבֵרוֹ; וְתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה כְּנֶגֶד כֻּלָּם”
“These are the things that have no measure: The Peah of the field, the first-fruits, the appearance [at the Temple in Jerusalem on Pilgrimage Festivals], acts of kindness, and the study of the Torah.
These are things the fruits of which a man enjoys in this world, while the principle remains for him in the World to Come: Honoring father and mother, acts of kindness, and bringing peace between a man and his fellow. But the study of Torah is equal to them all.”
The above paragraph is part of our morning prayer to remind us the importance of Torah study. The actions we do in this world affect our soul level of Nefesh but the study of Torah affects the level of Ruach and that is why the sages teach us that the study of Torah is equal to all of the positive actions in this world.
Just remember that when you study Torah you need to follow it and the Torah teaches us not to miss any opportunity to do good.