Daily Zohar # 3045 – Behar – Burn your idols
As you may know, the Daily Zohar studies follow the Torah reading schedule in Israel that sometimes is different from the rest of the world. The next Torah portion to be read on Shabbat in Israel is Bechukotai. Since we finished with the study of Bechukotai last year, we continue with the study of Behar that is the next Shabbat Torah reading outside Israel. Good news is that by the end of this week we will complete with the study of Behar.
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Abraham dedicated his life to revealing the name of God in the world. He was ready to give his life for this purpose. King Nimrod argued with him about God, trying to change Abraham’s mind, but when he saw that Abraham was not giving up, he commanded to throw him into a furnace. The Zohar explains that Abraham stepped into the fire by himself to fulfill the precept of the Torah in Deuteronomy 7:25
“פְּסִילֵי אֱלֹהֵיהֶם תִּשְׂרְפוּן בָּאֵשׁ לֹא תַחְמֹד כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב עֲלֵיהֶם וְלָקַחְתָּ לָךְ פֶּן תִּוָּקֵשׁ בּוֹ כִּי תוֹעֲבַת יְהוָהאֱלֹהֶיךָ הוּא.”
“The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to YHVH your God.”
The Zohar explains that Abraham was the aspect of Silver (pure side) mixed with lead (refers to the heavy metal, lead, that represents the bad side from his parent, past life). By walking into the fire, he separated the lead from the silver and purified himself. The released energy of the ‘lead’ came out through Ishmael that was an idol worshipper.
For the reincarnation process of Adam, he needed to change his name, his place, and his actions. Abraham’s name was changed from Abram, אברם to אברהם. He also followed God’s order to leave his ‘roots’ and relocated to the land of Canaan where his descendants would complete the correction of the world.
“וַיְצַו יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים עַל הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל.”
“YHVH God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;”
Abraham corrected the aspect of Idol worshiping in the soul of Adam that was implied in the word ‘command’ that he disobeyed. Isaac came to correct the aspect of ‘bloodshed’ that implied from the words, ‘עַל הָאָדָם,’’ The man.’ The sin of ‘bloodshed’ related to the sexual relations that Adam had with a woman of the other side bringing negative souls to the world that we know as the Erev Rav. Isaac went through the binding and accepted death by slaughter on himself by the knife of his father. He corrected the sin and the negative energy of bloodshed released through Esau that was a killer. Jacob came from Isaac and was from the pure part of Adam.
Jacob came to correct the sin of incest that Adam made when he was with two female spirits of the other side after he separated himself from Eve. This sin implied in the word ‘לֵאמֹר’,’saying.’ Jacob was connected to Laban, the wicked father of Rachel and Leah. Jacob worked seven years for Leah and seven years for Rachel to correct the aspect of incest. Laban represented the Snake that was a lier and cunning.
For the correction process, the soul may split into different paths to complete its correction. Our parents, siblings, and everyone in our lives is part of our personal Tikkun. We should not ignore any aspect of the relationship because it is essential for our correction and purification of the soul. The sages tell us to see the world as it was created for us alone. We must walk the paths it dictates for us to achieve our personal and global redemption.