Daily Zohar # 3049 – Behar – Rabbi Shimon, a servant and a beloved son
Daily Zohar 3049
Daily Zohar 3050
82. בָּעֲבוֹדָה שֶׁבֶּן אָדָם עוֹבֵד לַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא יֵשׁ עֲבוֹדָה שֶׁצָּרִיךְ אָדָם לְהִכָּלֵל בִּשְׁנֵיהֶם, לִהְיוֹת עֶבֶד וּבֵן, לְהִתְעַטֵּר בַּקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא. וּמַהוּ? זוֹ עֲבוֹדַת הַתְּפִלָּה, שֶׁצָּרִיךְ לִהְיוֹת בָּהּ עֶבֶד וּבֵן, לְהִכָּלֵל בַּדְּרָגוֹת הָעֶלְיוֹנוֹת הַלָּלוּ. לַעֲבֹד וּלְהַתְקִין תְּפִלָּה בְּסוֹד שֶׁל עֶבֶד, לַעֲבֹד אֶת הָעֲבוֹדָה שֶׁל תִּקּוּן הָעוֹלָמוֹת, וּלְהַדְבִּיק רְצוֹנוֹ בְּסוֹדוֹת הַחָכְמָה, לְהִתְדַּבֵּק בְּרַבּוֹ בִּגְנָזִים עֶלְיוֹנִים כָּרָאוּי.
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.
No one disobeys a ‘son’ that adhere to his father. A servant does his master’s work and corrects the worlds. Those with aspects of son and servant unify Malchut and Zeir Anpin and reveals the secret of ‘faith’ that is the connection of Malchut to the entire Tree of Life.
The Holy One Blessed be He let the armies of havens know that this person is a trustee of the King and the secrets of his master are known to him. He is blessed in this world and in the world to come.
From that announcement on, this person is registered and known on all the worlds. When he needs to make connections for corrections, the armies of God are ready to support him. The Holy One Blessed be He keeps this person close to him in a relation of one on one.
The secret of the servant and the son is found in one verse in Isaiah 49:3
“וַיֹּאמֶר לִי עַבְדִּי אָתָּה יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר בְּךָ אֶתְפָּאָר.”
“He said to Me, “You are My Servant, Israel, In Whom I will show My glory.”
‘My servant’ and ‘Israel’ as the son are together as one that reveals God’s glory.
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.
Finishing a study of a Zohar portion like we just did with Zohar Behar is the aspect of a servant completing a big work. It adds the aspect of ‘son’ and reveals for us the ‘Glory’ of God.