“וַיְהִי יִצְחָק בֶּן אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה בְּקַחְתּוֹ אֶת רִבְקָה בַּת בְּתוּאֵל הָאֲרַמִּי מִפַּדַּן אֲרָם אֲחוֹת לָבָן הָאֲרַמִּי לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה”
“and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.”
‘Bethuel’, ‘בַּת בְּתוּ אֵל’, means ‘daughter of Bethuel’ and can be literally translated to ‘daughter of the daughter of God (אל)’. The name Bethuel translated to daughter of אל ‘god’. This implies daughter of Malchut.
Rabbi Hunah doesn’t agree and tell his friends that on his travels he came to a place where he heard that the bone in the spine that never rot or change itself even in the grave is called ‘Bethuel, the cheater’, ‘dishonest’. They told him that the shape of this special bone is like the head of the Snake that is dishonest and liar. The bone is illusive more than any bone in the body.
Rabbi Shimon asks why this bone stays the same more than any other bone in teh body and explains that this bone ‘cheats’. It avoids the judgment of Malchut by not feeding from the regular food of this world. For that reason, the bone is strong and will be the seed that the body will be built from at the time of the Resurrection. The new body would be the aspect of the ‘daughter of Bethuel’.
The bone is like the head of the Snake because it cheats. ‘daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram’, reveals two ‘cheaters’. The letters of ‘Aramean’,’ארמי’ spell ‘רמאי’, that means ‘cheater’. ‘Aram’ is similar and reveal the second cheater. These are the two aspects of Malchut, one from the judgment side and one from Binah, mercy. By avoiding both sides, this bone disconnects from the process of this world and stays as initially created, forever.
Daily Zohar # 2880 – Toldot – The daughter of the cheater.