“אָדָם כִּי יִהְיֶה בְעוֹר בְּשָׂרוֹ שְׂאֵת אוֹ סַפַּחַת אוֹ בַהֶרֶת וְהָיָה בְעוֹר בְּשָׂרוֹ לְנֶגַע צָרָעַת וְהוּבָא אֶל אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן אוֹ אֶל אַחַד מִבָּנָיו ”
“When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling or a scab or a bright spot, and it becomes an infection of leprosy on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest or one of his sons the priests.”
The moon is the aspect of Malchut, and when it is in exile state that is far from the Light, she is in darkness. The Israelites desire the Light but she cannot deliver so she tells us;
“אַל-תִּרְאוּנִי שֶׁאֲנִי שְׁחַרְחֹרֶת, שֶׁשְּׁזָפַתְנִי הַשָּׁמֶשׁ; בְּנֵי אִמִּי נִחֲרוּ-בִי, שָׂמֻנִי נֹטֵרָה אֶת-הַכְּרָמִים–כַּרְמִי שֶׁלִּי, לֹא נָטָרְתִּי.”
”Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has tanned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.”
The Zohar asks why ‘swarthy’ when it should say ‘black’? And answers that there are two types of dark here; one that happens when the Sun that is the aspect of Zeir Anpin stops his light from shining on me and the other kind of dark is when the children of my Mother were angry and left me alone in the vineyard.
The Mother is Binah, and the children are the Children of Israel that don’t follow the Torah that is Zeir Anpin and the source of Light (sun) to the world. She is the Shechina that without our support and connections she is in a darkened state and alone in the vineyard that is the aspect of Malchut.
‘has tanned me (the Sun),’ ‘(שֶׁשְּׁזָפַתְנִי (הַשָּׁמֶשׁ’ is a work that constructed of two words, ‘שֶׁשְּׁ זָפַתְנִי’ that means ‘six tanned.’ The ‘six’ are the six sefirot of Zeir Anpin that deliver light to Malchut. They disappear from us when we ignore them and bring judgments on ourselves. When the Israelites went to exile because of their iniquities, they suffered as if their hands were tied behind their back and a heavy load put on their neck and couldn’t open their mouth to connect to the Shechina.
The Zohar started with a verse about leprosy and immediately jumped to the state of the Shechina in Malchut and our exile. The connection between the two is the outcome of what happens when we are far from the Light.
Our studies and prayer support the Shechina that in return shines the light back to us.
The skin is the aspect of Malchut and represents the manifestation of our actions.
The bone marrow is the aspect of Keter (concealed). The bones are Chokmah. The Sinews is Binah as a bridge between the bones (Chokmah) and the Flesh (Zeir Anpin). The Skin is the outside layer of the body and aspect of Malchut.
For example; vitamin D is related to the direct connection between the sun and our body. Lack of it affects our skin that becomes dry and looks without life.
The Torah tells us to take a person with ‘skin’ issues to the priest, which is the aspect of a higher level of connection to the Light. The priest examines the person and ‘lock’ him for seven days. Within this period there is a connection to Binah on Shabbat that can heal the person.
I am lucky to have the ‘D’ Daily Zohar study every day and connect to Binah and have a good ‘skin.’ I also take vitamin D (capsules) daily to maintain good physical health.
I highly recommend a medical check for vitamin D deficiency and take steps to balance it in the body, Research this subject online and study the benefits of vitamin D. Purchase a good brand because most supermarket brands don’t get absorbed well in the body.