Daily Zohar 2925
Rabbi Yehuda says that if people knew the great love that the Holy One Blessed be He loves the Israelites, they would roar like young lions and chase him.
When Jacob went down to Egypt, God called the angels and commanded them to go down to Egypt and he will join them. The Shechina is the aspect of King over all angels because they all are her extension. She made a point that the angels cannot go without her, their king. Then he told her “Come with me from Lebanon, my bride” (Songs 4:8), inviting her to come with him because she’s from Lebanon that is the pure place of Eden that is Chokmah.
‘Journey down from the head (ראש) of Amana’ (Songs 4:8)
The letters of ‘Amana’, ‘אֲמָנָה ’ also mean ‘faith’,’אמונה’. The ‘head’ of those with faith are Jacob and his sons. ‘From the summit of Senir and Hermon’ is the aspect of Mount Sinai from where they will receive the Torah to protect them in exile.
‘the dens of lions’, ‘the mountains of leopards’ is the aspect of idol worshipers that inflict pain and hard work on the Israelites as it says (Exodus 1:14) “And they made their lives bitter with hard work, in mortar and in brick”
The love of God is a huge subject but we’ll cover few important points. The bottom line is that when we love YHVH, our God we achieve affinity on a highest level that draws angels and protection to our side. Without this love, life is ‘bitter with hard work, in mortar and in brick’.
Loving God is a mitzvah and as such it is a process that brings us light.
God promised us his love. It’s a Mitzvah to love him in all our might.
“מֵרָחוֹק, יְהוָה נִרְאָה לִי; וְאַהֲבַת עוֹלָם אֲהַבְתִּיךְ, עַל-כֵּן מְשַׁכְתִּיךְ חָסֶד”
“Thus says the LORD, “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness– Israel, when it went to find its rest.””
“וְאָהַבְתָּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ, וּבְכָל-מְאֹדֶךָ”
“You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Our goal is to get to the point that we follow the ways of the Torah with love, not from fearing lose. The rewards are much higher when we reach love to God because if we love him, the ‘bridge’ to his love is open and we benefit from it greatly.