Daily Zohar # 3004 – Shemini – Depart from evil and do good
“וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל אַהֲרֹן לֵאמֹר אֲלֵהֶם”
“דַּבְּרוּ אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר זֹאת הַחַיָּה אֲשֶׁר תֹּאכְלוּ מִכָּל הַבְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר עַל הָאָרֶץ”
“And YHVH spoke again to Moses and Aaron, saying to them,”
“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘These are the creatures which you may eat from all the animals that are on the earth.”
Usually, YHVH speaks to Moses only, but here YHVH spoke to Moses and Aaron. It is different here because YHVH gives instructions related mostly to Aaron about which creatures are pure for eating and which are impure and forbidden.
Aaron is Chessed with the light of Chokmah, which is the secret of ‘חיה,’ ‘Creature.’ The difference between pure and impure creatures is that the pure creature is only on the side of Chessed. The impure creature holds to the Left column that is Chokmah without Chassadim that is darkness and draws judgments.
The pure one receives the Chokmah when it is included in the Right that brings holiness and blessings.
“מִי הָאִישׁ הֶחָפֵץ חַיִּים אֹהֵב יָמִים לִרְאוֹת טוֹב”
“נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ מֵרָע וּשְׂפָתֶיךָ מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה”
“סוּר מֵרָע וַעֲשֵׂה טוֹב בַּקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם וְרָדְפֵהוּ”
“Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good?”
“Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.”
“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”
‘Man who desires life’ relates to our desire for the world to come that is called life, which is Binah. Binah provides life force to the world. The world to come would have only the light of Binah, Life without death.
‘loves the length of days that he may see good.’
‘Days’ implies the six sefirot of Zeir Anpin, Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, and Yesod. Malchut, which is the seventh, ‘loves’ the supernal days, which means holding and receiving from them.
Those who wish to receive life from Binah, should love and hold to these days, keep his tongue from speaking evil and lips from speaking deceit.
Our mouse is the aspect of Malchut and used for ‘input’ and ‘output.’ The ‘output,’ which is our speech, should be pure as well as the ‘input,’ which is the food we eat. We should avoid food and drinks that is impure and contaminate the body with negativity and aspect of the Left side that draws judgments.
The connection to the Right allows us to reach the highest levels of Life, Binah. It is easy to do with the study of Torah and Zohar. It is also much easier to lose to the connection when we connect to the left with all kind of impure speech or food. Impure speech is most difficult to correct because it creates many negative angels that bring judgments on us. Impure food can be corrected with a series of fasting and continued studies. Non-Kosher food gives strength to the negative side and increases the selfish desires of a person. It also distracts and lowers the desire to study and share.
‘Depart from evil and do good’ is the fundamental rule to live by. It will lead us to spiritual growth and divine guidance to be on the righteous path.