Daily Zohar # 2911 – Vayigash – In special relationship
“וְלֹא יָכֹל יוֹסֵף לְהִתְאַפֵּק לְכֹל הַנִּצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיִּקְרָא הוֹצִיאוּ כָל אִישׁ מֵעָלָי וְלֹא עָמַד אִישׁ אִתּוֹ בְּהִתְוַדַּע יוֹסֵף אֶל אֶחָיו”
“Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.”
‘Then Joseph could not control himself’ is the point that Joseph, Yessod, couldn’t hold himself from pouring sustenance to his brothers.
‘no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers’. This describes the unification ‘Known/Knowledge, Da’at’ of Yessod and the Shechina that Joseph made for his brothers.
Another explanation to this verse is that when the Holy One Blessed be He comes to connect to the children of Israel, none of the other nations, stand close to him.
The other nations receive from the light that is revealed by the unification of the Holy and the Shechina but not directly from it. The Israelites have special merits and they receive the light directly from YHVH.
“בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם כָּל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ”
““On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly. You shall not do any ordinary work,”
When it says, ‘You shall have’ it means that the assembly if for the Israelites to be together with God alone.
“לְמַעַן אַחַי וְרֵעָי אֲדַבְּרָה נָּא שָׁלוֹם בָּךְ”
“For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.””
Rabbi Yesa says that at the time of the Redemption, the Holy One Blessed Be He, will come to raise the Shechina from the dust of Malchut. He will take revenge from the nations of idol worshiping.
“פּוּרָה דָּרַכְתִּי לְבַדִּי וּמֵעַמִּים אֵין אִישׁ אִתִּי וְאֶדְרְכֵם בְּאַפִּי וְאֶרְמְסֵם בַּחֲמָתִי וְיֵז נִצְחָם עַל בְּגָדַי וְכָל מַלְבּוּשַׁי אֶגְאָלְתִּי”
“I have trodden the wine trough alone, And from the nations there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger And trampled them in My wrath; And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, And I stained all My raiment”
‘there was no man with Me’ to tell us that God will be alone, without interference from the other-side. Then he will raise the Israelites higher to a place that no force in the world could harm them.
This is a situation like when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers so they can benefit from the unification of Yessod and Malchut.
“כִּי כָּל הָעַמִּים יֵלְכוּ אִישׁ בְּשֵׁם אֱלֹהָיו וַאֲנַחְנוּ נֵלֵךְ בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד”
“Though all the peoples walk Each in the name of his god, As for us, we will walk In the name of YHVH our God forever and ever.”
The Israelites, accepted the Torah and follow it. For that reason they have special relation with YHVH. He is with them forever and ever while the other nations of the world walk with their own God. The big difference is that we have ’YHVH’ and the aspect of ‘forever and ever’. The other nations are far and don;t have relationship with YHVH.
“ קָרוֹב יְהוָה, לְכָל-קֹרְאָיו– לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאֻהוּ בֶאֱמֶת.”
“YHVH is close unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.”
Truth is the Torah and to stay close to God, we need to study the Torah