While Rabbi Aba and Rabbi Yosei were walking from Kapotkiah, they saw a man with special impression on his face. They say; wow to the wicked that die without repentance, teshuva, because this impression would not be removed from the face in this world or the next one.
“לָכֵן כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה אֶל בֵּית יַעֲקֹב אֲשֶׁר פָּדָה אֶת אַבְרָהָם לֹא עַתָּה יֵבוֹשׁ יַעֲקֹב וְלֹא עַתָּה פָּנָיו יֶחֱוָרוּ”
“Therefore, thus says YHVH, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale.”
A person who promise another something good and doesn’t make good on his promise, an impression of shame is marked on his face. Promises that come from God to bring benefits to his children would cause great shame in the upper levels, if the promises are not fulfilled.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הִנְנִי מַפְרְךָ וְהִרְבִּיתִךָ וּנְתַתִּיךָ לִקְהַל עַמִּים וְנָתַתִּי אֶת הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת לְזַרְעֲךָ אַחֲרֶיךָ אֲחֻזַּת עוֹלָם”
“and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’”
The Holy One Blessed be He promised and blessed Jacob and his offsprings to have the Land of Israel to be their everlasting possession. Now his children are in exile and the Holy Temple is not with them to draw the Light to the world. There is an aspect of shame present until the promises are kept.
When the end of the correction process comes to be with the kingdom of Mashiach, God’s promises will be fulfilled and there will be no more shame above or below. Before the final Tikun of the world, the promises couldn’t be fulfilled. After the coming of Mashiach, the earth and heavens would connect in equality and the flow of blessings would fulfil all promises and “Jacob shall no more be ashamed” (Isaiah 29:22).
God’s promises are available for fulfillment the moment they were made. The only condition is that we need to have the proper vessel to receive the light of fulfillment of that promise so it will manifest in this world. That is why God made a ‘backup’ plan to rescue us if we couldn’t complete the Tikun. He will send Mashiach to do final ‘cleanup’, remove all negativities left in the world and restore the flow of blessings promised to us from the beginning.
The promises to Jacob weren’t fulfilled because he couldn’t make the proper ‘vessel’ for the promises. Because the promises were made to Jacob, the shame is on his face exists in the upper levels. Now we can understand the verse saying; “Jacob shall no more be ashamed”
The lessons from this Zohar are very deep and important. The entire Zohar about the Torah portion of Vayechi is about life and death, above and below.
People who experience death and attended the heavenly court felt a great and painful feeling of shame for all the inequities they did. The Torah and the precepts gives us the light to correct and fulfill any lack that we may have in our soul. If we don’t make the corrections, our soul would stand ‘naked’ in the heavenly court after death and would feel great painful shame.
To avoid ‘shameful’ situations, we make efforts not to lose opportunities to study, do good, purify our vessels and correct our souls.