Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was contaminated by the inequities of his environment in Sodom and Gomorrah. His two daughters represent two forces in the body that bring out the evil inclination that is part of this world. In the future when the impurities would be cleansed, it will be called Laban. This name literally means ‘white’. The two daughters of Laban, Leah and Rachel represent purity and higher spiritual state.
“וּלְלָבָן שְׁתֵּי בָנוֹת שֵׁם הַגְּדֹלָה לֵאָה וְשֵׁם הַקְּטַנָּה רָחֵל”
“Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.”
Lot’s daughters described as ‘first-born’ and ‘young’. Laban’s daughters described as ‘older’ and ‘younger’. The name Leah לאה also means ‘weak’. The Zohar explains that Leah was weak to have ‘wickedness’ and Rachel was young without strength to become wicked. Both Lot’s daughters were strong with the negative-side behind them while Leah and Rachel were pure and disconnected from evil.
Negative environment increases the influence of the negative-side on us and we may fall easily to the traps of the Evil Inclination.
The Zohar (Shelach Lecha #210) teaches us that those who have small ego in this world are spiritually big and those who has big ego are spiritually small.
To stay out of troubles, distance yourself from negative places or situations. That includes information about negative events, TV news, fights, road accidents etc. The eyes are the window to the soul and seeing is connecting. We should protect the soul from contamination by avoiding images that may trigger negative desires, jealousy and all kind of ‘garbage’. It’s healthier for the body and the soul.
Daily Zohar # 2881 – Toldot – Leave Sodom and Gemorah behind