Daily Zohar # 2996 – Tzav – The cleansing fire of Isaac
“יֹּאמֶר יִצְחָק אֶל אַבְרָהָם אָבִיו וַיֹּאמֶר אָבִי וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֶּנִּי בְנִי וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה הָאֵשׁ וְהָעֵצִים וְאַיֵּה הַשֶּׂה לְעֹלָה”
“Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire, and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Rabbi Chiya said ‘and the fire must be kept burning on the altar’ is the fire of Isaac that was set by Abraham on the altar when he took his son to Mount Moriah as commanded by God.
‘the fire and the wood’ is the aspect of judgments that come from the Left before getting included in the Right.
‘kept burning on the altar all night’ is the state in Malchut that receives light of Chassadim from Zeir Anpin. The wood for the altar represents Chessed from the Right, Abraham.
“הָאֵשׁ עַל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ תּוּקַד-בּוֹ לֹא תִכְבֶּה, וּבִעֵר עָלֶיהָ הַכֹּהֵן עֵצִים בַּבֹּקֶר בַּבֹּקֶר; וְעָרַךְ עָלֶיהָ הָעֹלָה, וְהִקְטִיר עָלֶיהָ חֶלְבֵי הַשְּׁלָמִים.”
“The fire on the altar shall be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add wood to the fire, arrange the burnt offering on it, and burn the fat portions of the peace offerings on it.”
The priest is from the Right of Chessed, the morning is the time of Chessed and the wood is also from the Right, Abraham.
The fire of Isaac that is a judgment from the Left of Zeir Anpin, comes down to the altar in Malchut. Burning coals comes out to four sides of the altar. One to the East side, one to the west side, one to the North, and one to the South. They represent the aspects of Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, and Malchut. The priest moves them to the corners of the altar. By doing so, the priest connects all the sides to himself, which is Chessed, and unify them in the center column.
The altar has one ramp that the priests step on when performing the services on the altar. This ramp has seven steps for the seven sefirot from Chessed to Malchut. The level of Malchut connects to Binah of the Klipa. In this level, there’s a small puncture that leads to the supernal abyss. When the burning coals reach the corners of the altar, a spark of fire goes down the hole to the abyss and give the Klipa power to punish the wicked.
The work done by the priests in the Holy Temple was a high level of spiritual technology. Every little action represented moving energy from one level to another down to our levels in balance. When we read the Torah verses, we connect to that technology and benefit from it. This is why the Daily Zohar studies bring the whole verses from the Torah even when the Zohar makes just a short reference to it. The book of Leviticus may be a boring read but is full of instructions, mainly for the priests on how to perform their duties in the Holy Tabernacle to draw light for the people. There’s a lot of cleansing power in this book, and we should read the Torah portions as well as the related Zohar to get as much cleansing as we can.
The Torah verses in the DZ studies include concealed light that we reveal by the study of the Zohar. When we study about the fire that comes down to the altar and teh process that the priest goes through we connect to the Light of that action.
For these reasons, the sages teach us that the study of the Torah reveals more light than any other positive action.
The Holy Ari reveals to us that the soul Isaac was of a female soul and when he was bound on the altar and his father was about to strike him with the knife his soul transferred into the Ram that was brought to replace Isaac on the altar. Isaac received a new soul that defined him as a holy chariot for the sefira of Gevurah. The binding process was like a night and day process as described in the lesson of DZ 2994
Because the Ram was used for a holy purpose, none of it was wasted. The ashes were made as a foundation for the inner altar in the Holy Temple. The ligaments were made to cords in King David’s violin. Elijah the Prophet used the Ram’s skin. The two horns were made as Shofars. The left horn was made a Shofar that was blown when we received the Torah on Mount Sinai. The Right horn was bigger and will be used as the ‘Great Shofar’ that would be blown to announce the Final Redemption.
רבי חנינא בן דוסא אומר אותו האיל לא יצא ממנו דבר לבטלה, אפרו של איל הוא יסוד שעל גבי המזבח הפנימי וכו’, גידיו של איל הם עשרה כנגד עשרה נבלים של כנור שהיה דוד מנגן בהם, עורו של איל הוא אזור מתניו של אליהו וכו’, שתי קרניו של איל שופרות, בשל שמאל תקע בו הקב”ה על הר סיני וכו’, וקרן של ימין הוא גדול מן השמאל ועתיד לתקוע בו לעתיד לבוא בקיבוץ של גלויות וכו’.