“מַשָּׂא דּוּמָה אֵלַי קֹרֵא מִשֵּׂעִיר שֹׁמֵר מַה מִלַּיְלָה שֹׁמֵר מַה מִלֵּיל”
“The oracle concerning
Edom. One keeps calling to me from Seir, “Watchman, how far gone is the
night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?”
This verse is related to the time of exile when the
Israelites were tired from the darkness of the exile ask the Holy One Blessed
be He, “Watchman, how far
gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?”.
“אָמַר שֹׁמֵר אָתָה בֹקֶר וְגַם לָיְלָה אִם תִּבְעָיוּן בְּעָיוּ שֻׁבוּ אֵתָיוּ”
“The watchman says,
“Morning comes but also night. If you would inquire, inquire; Come back
God answers and reminds them that he took them from
the ‘night/darkness’ of Egypt and brought them to the ‘morning/Light’ that is
the aspect of Torah and the laws that bring them closer to him. The Torah earns
them merits to immortality but they didn’t value it. Then they left the path
of Torah and exiled to Babylon and again they left the Torah and went into a
longer period of exile. The prophet
Isaiah delivers God’s suggestion;
“דִּרְשׁוּ מֵעַל סֵפֶר יְהוָה וּקְרָאוּ אַחַת מֵהֵנָּה לֹא נֶעְדָּרָה אִשָּׁה רְעוּתָהּ לֹא פָקָדוּ כִּי פִי הוּא צִוָּה וְרוּחוֹ הוּא קִבְּצָן”
“Seek from the book of YHVH (Torah),
and read: Not one of these will be missing; None will lack its mate. For His mouth
has commanded, And His Spirit has gathered them.”
The answers we are looking for are in the Torah. The exile would end when we make Teshuva and return to the path of Torah and follow the spiritual laws that we learn from it. Only then we come closer to YHVH and benefit from the blessings of the Torah.
This study is like a mirror of our lives. When we enjoy the gift of a good life, we quickly lose appreciation and shortly after, the ‘good’ leaves us. When we realize our mistakes, we make corrections to earn the back to the good. Then again, we lose the path and fall. We fight harder to go back and continue the cycle of good and bad. Only when we study and follow the ways of the spiritual system and laws of the Torah we come closer to YHVH and have a tiny taste of immortality.
The Zohar is our Torah teacher. It helps us understand the secrets behind the stories and the sacred text. This form of study brings us closer to YHVH because it’s on a higher spiritual level than studying the meaning of the simple stories.
Exile is the aspect of distance from YHVH. When we achieve complete and unshaken faith and certainty in YHVH, we go out of our personal exile. That feeling of freedom and being aware of God’s presence in our lives is the aspect of immortality. Even if we know that our lives in this world end one day, our souls know and accept the promise of the Final Redemption and the Resurrection to immortality. That promise is found in Isaiah 25:8 ‘He will swallow up death forever!’.