Zohar Ki Tisa
“Rabbi Shimon cried, and said, “Aaron, the Holy anointed of God. Even with your righteousness, you couldn’t protect yourself, and many from Israel died.”
Rabbi Shimon continues to explain what the wizards of the Erev Rav did. They waited for the midday when the sun in the middle of the sky and did not lean either to the east or to the west. Then took the gold they removed from their ears and handed it to Aaron.
The Zohar explains that those who want to make magic don’t bother by the cost. They knew that the timing was on their favor and immediately ripped the gold from their ears, ignoring the pain.
“כִּי לִי בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲבָדִים עֲבָדַי הֵם אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִי אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם.”
“’For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am YHVH your God.”
The people received the Torah on Mount Sinai and heard the words of the Torah with their ears. By tearing the gold from their ears, they made a flaw in the ears that listened to the commandment of “You shall have no other gods before me.”. Now they follow another god, disconnecting from the Holy and true God and the Holy children of Israel.
We were born in the ‘Image’ of God, meaning that our mortal body is parallel to our spiritual body. When we do negative actions using any part of our body, we make a flaw in the aspect of the spiritual body. That requires a matching correction.
If we listen to a lot of gossip and evil speech, we need to speak and listen to the sacred Torah and Zohar text to correct the flawed ‘ear’. If we took from others without proper pay/earning, we need to give back on the same spiritual level.
The study of Zohar and giving Tzedaka help in correcting almost all transgressions, because the high light revealed, ‘wash’ away and correct the ‘flaws’ as needed.
This is one of the aspects of “An eye for an eye”, “a tooth for a tooth”.