Daily Zohar # 3019 – Metzora – Break your vessel before it's destroyed
Rabbi Elazar shares what he learned from his father. When unclean spirit dwells at home, the Holy One Blessed be He sends leprosy onto the walls to purify the house. Both negative spirits go against each other, and leprosy wins over and sends the unclean spirit out of the home. The complete purification comes after they cast the infected stones out of the city and replaced them.
Similarly, when the Holy One wants to remove the impure spirit, he brings strong judgments to remove the impure spirit from the world. The forces of judgments take dominance until they are destroyed together with the original place of impurity.
The Sages teach us that those who get into impure state, attract greater impurity because the new unclean spirit is more significant than the previous one and takes over it. This added judgment stays until the vessel breaks.
Impurity starts with a small negative action and tends to grow more prominent because the negative spirit wants to have full control over the person. Like a person who breaks a diet by taking a small bite from his favorite ‘forbidden’ food. The second bite comes quickly after together with loss of control. The judgment that comes after is visible and must be removed. We read in Leviticus 14:35-53 about the process of purifying the home/vessel from leprosy. The first step is to remove and replace the stones where the leprosy was seen. If the ‘repair’ didn’t work and leprosy came back, then the home is broken down to the ground, and all its parts are carried out of town into uncleaned place.
If we get into an impure situation, we should correct it immediately before judgment comes to cleanse it from the world.
The Israelites in Egypt got into 49 levels of an impurity, and before they submitted entirely to the other-side, God put them into a long period of slavery under Pharaoh. Pharaoh was the carrier of judgments that helped purify the Israelites from the impurity they absorb. Then to break Pharaoh’s judgment God brought on him ten plagues and destroyed Egypt that ‘housed’ the negative-side the source of judgment on teh Israelites.
The Holy Temple was destroyed twice because the people allowed impurities to come into it.
We learn here that the same process works the same on a personal and global level.
On a personal level, we can break our vessel to remove impurity and judgments. We do that by extended fasting and a broken heart. Fasting disconnects us from the desire for the self and lets our soul take over the body. A broken heart is a state when a person sincerely regrets his wrongs and commit to following the righteous path. The broken heart/vessel gives an opening for a light to flood his vessel and remove all impurities.
“זִבְחֵי אֱלֹהִים רוּחַ נִשְׁבָּרָה לֵב נִשְׁבָּר וְנִדְכֶּה אֱלֹהִים לֹא תִבְזֶה”
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
On a global level, the judgments that come from impurities created by governments and world leaders cause wars and death. The evil side and impure forces drive the people to confusion related to sex, identity and question their faith. This is the final and most powerful ‘play’ of the evil side. They seek to corrupt the level of Yessod, and it triggers great judgment. When Yessod is disconnected from Malchut, the light stops from flowing to the world. In this case, the world as a whole falls into the dominance of the evil side. The evil side then uses the people as a source of energy instead of Light (Matrix…). We are at the 49th gate of impurity, and we need to pray to the Holy One Blessed be He to remove all impurities from the world and restore peace and continuous flow of light from Yessod to Malchut.
We have hope because God promised us to do so;
“וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אַכְרִית אֶת שְׁמוֹת הָעֲצַבִּים מִן הָאָרֶץ וְלֹא יִזָּכְרוּ עוֹד וְגַם אֶת הַנְּבִיאִים וְאֶת רוּחַ הַטֻּמְאָה אַעֲבִיר מִן הָאָרֶץ”
”It will come about in that day,” declares YHVH of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered, and I will also remove the prophets and the impure spirit from the land.”
Until that day, we need to work individually to purify ourselves and connect to Yessod and draw light to ourselves and the world.