The Zohar praises the ‘sons’ of the Holy One Blessed Be He. The efforts they put into the study of the secrets of the Torah earn them merits to go into the secret rooms of their father’s household. Like an only child, the father gives his son control over his palace in heavens. None of the armies of heavens can protest the special entry that the ‘son’ has to the palace.
The work of a man for the Holy One Blessed Be He needs to include the aspects of ‘servant’ and ‘son’ as previously explained. The prayers should represent the two aspects. The actual prayer is the aspect of ‘servant,’ Malchut. The meditations and consciousness that comes with the prayer connected to the secrets of the upper levels, Zeir Anpin. It is the aspect of the ’son’ that creates unifications and corrections in all the worlds.
In the Idra Raba, Rabbi Shimon calls his study group ‘The harvesters of the field.’ The field is the aspect of Malchut where the work of the ‘servant’ is done. The ‘harvest’ is the aspect of the work that reveals the secrets.
Rabbi Shimon was a ‘son of the Holy One Blessed be He,’ and the Zohar is the ‘harvest’ that nourishes us.
Today is Lag B’Omer, and in honor of Rabbi Shimon, I’ll share a story about the power that the Holy One bestowed upon him to have control in his household.
Rabbi Shimon was helping people. One day a couple came to him and asked for advice. They were married for ten years and couldn’t have children. The couple didn’t want to get a divorce, but because of the precept on the man to bring children to the world, they come to consult with Rabbi Shimon.
After they told him the story, Rabbi Shimon confirmed that fulfilling the percept of being fruitful and multiply is essential and they should get a divorce, but before that, they should do a big divorce party as they did when they got married because both events are made to fulfill precepts from the Torah.
During the party, the husband told his wife that before she goes back to her parents’ home, she can take the most precious things in the home with her. The husband got drunk and fell asleep. The wife asked her servants to carry her husband to her parent’s house. When the husband woke up, he realized that he’s not in his home and asked his wife to explain. She told him that she chose him as the most precious thing to take back to her parent’s house.
They went back to Rabbi Shimon that saw their great bond and prayed for them to have children and so it came to be.
Light a candle for Rabbi Shimon, put some money for Tzedaka, open a Zohar book or online read/scan/listen and make your prayers, asking Rabbi Shimon to carry your prayers to God to be answered. DO NOT pray to Rabbi Shimon or any other Tzadik to fulfill your prayer. They are not God, but they can take your prayers and plea for you because you honor them with a candle, Tzedaka, and or study from their writings.