“שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת אֵלֶיךָ נָשָׂאתִי אֶת עֵינַי הַיֹּשְׁבִי בַּשָּׁמָיִם”
“A Song of Ascents. To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!”
“שִׁיר לַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי”
“A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?”
Rabbi Chizkiah explains the difference between the two verses. The first one ‘To you, I lift my eyes’ is the aspect of waiting and expecting the light to come down to Malchut form Zeir Anpin. It’s more like a ‘passive’ aspect.
‘I will lift up my eyes to the mountains’ is the aspect of looking up to the Zeir Anpin to draw blessings down to the Shechina that spreads them in Malchut.
The ‘mountains’ is the aspect of the Patriarchs that opened the channels of Chessed, Gevurah and Tiferet of Zeir Anpin for us. We initiate a connection to activate their channels and draw the light down to sustain us.
‘who are enthroned in the heavens’ in this verse is the aspect of the female, Nukva. Usually ‘heavens’ is the aspect of Zeir Anpin but since all the forces that sustains and keep the Nukva, Malchut, in existence come from Zeir Anpin, it is called here ‘heavens’. When Binah opens its springs of light that are her 50 gates of blessings. They fill up Zeir Anpin in heavens and then he nourishes the Shechina in Malchut using the ‘Tzadik’ that is Yessod.
The Torah for us is a connection to heavens, Zeir Anpin. When we ‘lift up our eyes to the mountains’, we make a connection and draw the blessings that Zeir Anpin receives from Binah.
The Torah verses for us are ‘gates’ of light. When we study them deeper, especially through the Zohar, we release a flow of blessings from Binah into our lives.
Our study of the Zohar follows the same method of tht Zohar. The Zohar brings a verse by referring to it in few words, then discuss its deeper meanings. We bring the entire verse in Hebrew and its translation. The Hebrew verse is aspect of Zeir Anpin and the commentary is the revelation of the light, this verse holds.
It’s important to have the Hebrew/Aramaic text in front of our eyes when we study. That is why we bring the Zohar text for all to read or scan. If a Torah or Zohar teacher doesn’t quotes Torah and or Zohar text, his teaching is mostly ‘entertainment’. We MUST connect to the spring (Torah verses/light of Zeir Anpin) in order to drink living water (light of Binah).
Psalms 121 that is mentioned above is the one we recite at the end of the Arvit prayer after Shabbat. It connects us to Zeir Anpin, the six days of the coming week and six aspects of protection.
Daily Zohar # 2912 – Vayigash – How to drink from the spring of life