“מַיִם רַבִּים לֹא יוּכְלוּ לְכַבּוֹת אֶת הָאַהֲבָה וּנְהָרוֹת לֹא יִשְׁטְפוּהָ אִם יִתֵּן אִישׁ אֶת כָּל הוֹן בֵּיתוֹ בָּאַהֲבָה בּוֹז יָבוּזוּ לוֹ.”
“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers extinguish it; If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love, It would be utterly despised.”
‘Many waters’ is the aspect of the Right hand that we use to wrap the Tefillin on the Left hand as it says (Songs 2:6) ”וִימִינוֹ תְּחַבְּקֵנִי,” “and his right arm embraces me.”
Another explanation is that ‘many waters’ is the aspect of the supernal river that is the source for many rivers that come out of it to all directions, as it says in Psalms 93:4 “מִקֹּלוֹת, מַיִם רַבִּים–אַדִּירִים מִשְׁבְּרֵי-יָם; אַדִּיר בַּמָּרוֹם יְהוָה”, “More than the sounds of many waters, Than the mighty breakers of the sea, YHVH on high is mighty.”
“נָשְׂאוּ נְהָרוֹת, יְהוָה–נָשְׂאוּ נְהָרוֹת קוֹלָם יִשְׂאוּ נְהָרוֹת דָּכְיָם”
“The rivers have lifted up, O YHVH, The rivers have lifted up their voices, The waters lift up their pounding waves.”
The waters carry the Light from the supernal spring of Light that is Binah through the ‘rivers’ that are the sefirot of Zeir Anpin, ‘Voices,’ to Malchut.
‘If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,’ refers to the Holy One Blessed be He that gives his light for love to the Shechina and the congregation of Israel, Malchut.
The word ‘ביזה’ is translated here as ‘despise’ but it also means ‘Loot’ that is a reference to the lights of Chassadim that is revealed with this love of YHVH to Malchut and bring joy, light, and blessings to all the worlds and levels between Chokmah and Malchut.
The love and ‘Devekut’ to YHVH is a love that fills up the whole world. The Light that he sends back to us is the ‘loot’ that we are happy to collect.
The Zohar study is a form of engaging with love to YHVH and building ‘Devekut’. When we are open to it, we begin to feel this love deeply. It may take time for new students but when it grows, it can’t be extinguished.