Daily Zohar # 3003 – Shemini – No drinking limits
“הָגוֹ סִיגִים מִכָּסֶף וַיֵּצֵא לַצֹּרֵף כֶּלִי”
“הָגוֹ רָשָׁע לִפְנֵי מֶלֶךְ וְיִכּוֹן בַּצֶּדֶק כִּסְאוֹ.”
“Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith;”
“Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.”
When the wickedness grows in the world, the King’s Holy Throne becomes a throne of judgments. Flames of fire come out of it and burn the world. After the wicked are removed from the world, the throne will be established with Chassadim.
It means that the lower world, Malchut depends on the upper world and the upper world, Zeir Anpin that responds to the lower according to the ways of the lower world. If we want to have a throne of Chessed in Malchut, we should do it with Chessed that is the aspect of water that squelches fire. We avoid ‘wine’ that is an aspect of the Left, Gevurah.
The priest enters the Holy Temple with Chessed, water and not wine, Gevurah. The priest meditates about water and wine, where wine is the Light of Chokmah. When the priest brings them together, the water, Chassadim, remove judgments/wicked from the world.
After the Left is conquered, the priest meditates and use only Chassadim, water, without wine.
Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi Yitzhak kissed the head of Rabbi Yessa that delivered this study. Since that day they were studying together. In their study room, Rabbi Yehuda was standing for Rabbi Yessa and say “I learned from him and he should be respected.” The friends call Rabbi Yessa, head of the hammer that breaks rocks and brings out flames to all directions. The ‘hammer’ is the aspect of the dedicated study of the Torah secrets that is needed to be ‘hammered’ to reveal the sparks of light from it.
Rabbi Elazar say about him (Jeremiah 1:5) “בְּטֶרֶם אצורך [אֶצָּרְךָ] בַבֶּטֶן יְדַעְתִּיךָ”. This verse from Jeremiah tells that God chose his people before they are born. Rabbi Elazar quotes this verse to tell that Rabbi Yessa has a unique soul, a gift from God.
The connection to water is an important one. Water always seeks balance and wash away ‘dirt.’ Our body is mostly water and balancing the water in the body is crucial on a spiritual and physical level.
The priest needed to immerse his body in a Mikveh before proceeding with the services. Frequently he had to wash his hands and feet to remove any negative energy he touched or stepped on.
We should do the same, especially when we are about to start something significant. Long showers are alternatives to Mikveh. A washing cup is good to use in the morning and before meals. After bathroom and other needs, the use of a washing cup is, but we can wash the hands under running water.
It’s excellent to start the morning with a cup of pure water. Distilled is okay but best is water with balanced Ph. It starts the body with the energy of balance. Breakfast can be a little later.
Water is Chessed but can absorb negativity easily. We don’t leave water in an open vessel overnight.
The wine has strong energy, and usually, it’s a preferred drink for women. Women have the aspect of the left and should not drink to get drunk. Most drunk women get more ‘judgmental.’ Drunken men as an aspect of Zeir Anpin, lose control of some of their emotions.
When there’s ‘fire’ around you try and bring ‘’water.’ We can never put out a fire with stronger fire, but water can easily squelch it. That means that we don’t raise our voices to win argumentsץ
Last but not least is the Torah that is the aspect of water. when we want Chassadim we go to the Torah and ‘drink’ from her until we get ‘drunk’ from Chassadim.