“יִרְאַת יְהוָה רֵאשִׁית דָּעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר אֱוִילִים בָּזוּ”
“The fear(Awe) of YHVH is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The Zohar quotes this verse to bring a point that ‘fear of YHVH’ that is aspect of ‘whole’ is mentioned as ‘beginning’ that is aspect of detail, Malchut. But in this case the explanation is that we begins with awe and fear of YHVH to ‘know’ him on the level/aspect of ‘details’.
‘Beginning’ implies time and process, aspects that exist in Malchut. We begin on the lower level of ‘details’ to achieve understanding of the ‘whole’ that is higher spiritual level that includes everything below.
‘and you shall know that I am YHVH your God’ (Exodus 6:7). This is said in a future form. Moses delivered this message at the beginning of the process of the redemption from Egypt that ended 40 years later just before they entered the Promised Land, an event that is the aspect of ‘detail’.
“כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגֹאֲלוֹ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֲנִי רִאשׁוֹן וַאֲנִי אַחֲרוֹן וּמִבַּלְעָדַי אֵין אֱלֹהִים”
“Thus says YHVH, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, YHVH of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.”
“I am the first and I am the last”, the first is ‘whole’ and last is ‘detail’. There’s a direct path and process between the ‘whole’ and ‘detail’.
When we ‘know’ (connect) the ‘whole’, we have light for the ‘details’. The 248 parts (‘details’) of body and soul nourish from the ‘whole’ (Light) through the 248 precepts of positive actions, “you shall do…”. These Mitzvot/precepts get to ‘know’ the ‘whole’ and draw light of healing and life from Chokmah to the ‘details’. The other 365 mitzvot that represent the 365 days of the year and year cycle in Malchut connect to the 248 and bring health to all body parts.
The body parts have the aspect of channels of abundance of Zeir Anpin that is in the secret of ‘whole’. Malchut doesn’t have light of it’s own and the Zohar asks how the days of the year bring healing to the body parts above in Zeir Anpin and below to man.
The body parts/channels of Zeir Anpin bestow abundance of blessings on the days of the year that is Malchut and aspect of ‘details’. Every Mitzvah, positive action that a person does in Malchut draws from one channel of Zeir Anpin to the days of the year that is the aspect of ‘detail’. Then healing and life comes from the ‘whole’ above to the year, the ‘details’ below.
Malchut is in a tikun process and have lack of light. The days of the year are vessels in Malchut that need ‘correction’, Light. They activate the channels of blessings of Zeir Anpin and because of that they considered as giving life and healing to the body parts on the upper level.
Our daily work that is according to the ways of the Torah, activates Zeir Anpin that is the Tree of Life and channels down to us ‘healing’ that is the light that corrects our vessels and ‘life’ that is light of continuation.
The reference to the days of the year above is to teach us that everyday is important and counted in our final judgment. The days of our years will be counted in the future to see if we revealed light everyday to cause flow of light to the world.
I study and share the Zohar everyday in addition to my regular prayers and studies. The Daily Zohar help us fulfill the mitzvah of study Torah everyday.
How’s your days so far?