Jacob was connected to the Tree of Life that has no aspect of death. It gives life to anyone who holds to it. For that reason, Jacob didn’t die.
“וַיְכַל יַעֲקֹב לְצַוֹּת אֶת בָּנָיו וַיֶּאֱסֹף רַגְלָיו אֶל הַמִּטָּה וַיִּגְוַע וַיֵּאָסֶף אֶל עַמָּיו”
“When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.”
The bed is the aspect of Malchut and the legs that go down is the aspect of connection to death.
“רַגְלֶיהָ, יֹרְדוֹת מָוֶת שְׁאוֹל, צְעָדֶיהָ יִתְמֹכוּ”
“Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol.”
Jacob pulled his feet up into the bed to have his entire body connected to Malchut. Then he stopped his breathing and was ‘gathered’ to his ‘people’ that are Isaac his father and Abraham, his grandfather. Jacob didn’t go through a regular process of death because he was the middle column and connected to Zeir Anpin where there is no death.
The Lifeforce of Zeir Anpin is received from Binah, which is the world of Creation. The angels that connect Binah to Zeir Anpin, the world of Formation, are called ‘Living’ ‘חיות’ or ‘living Creatures’ ‘חיות הקודש’. They support the three legs of the Holy Throne that is the three columns, established by Abraham for Chessed, Isaac for Gevurah and Jacob for Tiferet. The fourth leg is for Malchut, the world of Action. The angels that continue the energy from Zeir Anpin to Malchut are called ‘Holy wheels ‘, ‘אופני הקודש’.
The angels above Binah are called ‘שרפים’ ‘Seraphim’. The name comes from the root of ‘שרפ’ that means ‘burn’. These angels are so pure that they burn by the light of the Holy One Blessed be He, the Endless light. Below them the ‘living’ that deliver the force of Life that Binah uses to feed the upper three sefirot of Zeir Anpin. They ‘push’ the Life force from Binah to Zeir Anpin all the way to Malchut where the angels that are called ‘wheels’ animate the world of Action, which is Malchut, the corporeal world. In Malchut everything is in motion and when something stops, it loses its life force. The wheels are in everything around us and they hold the force that brings together complex forms of matter. When the wheels are forced to disconnect from the ‘matter’ the matter breaks down to its basic elements (Periodic table of elements) that are held by the force of the Creator from the moment of Creation.
Humans can achieve a level of purity that would keep the wheels active in the body even after death. This is the reason that righteous people keep their body far from decay even in their burial place. The patriarchs and other great Tzadikim are called ‘Sleepers in the dust’.
We die when the blood that holds the soul level of Nefesh, stops circulating in the body. Spiritually we need to keep drawing light and share in all aspects of our lives to create continuation and keep the ‘wheels’ running.
The song below is from our Shabbat prayers in the spiritual stage of the world of Creation. It’s called ‘El Adon’ and arranged in the order of the Alef-bet. It’s a praise to God and his creation. The last words mention the three levels of angels for the world of Creation (Beriah), Formation (Yetzirah) and Action (Asiyah).
Your ‘wheels’ will definitely enjoy it and add some ‘movement’ to your soul.
You may find many performances of this song, but this one is my favorite <3 <3 <3.
Daily Zohar # 2944 – Beshalach – Keep your 'wheels' running