The next Torah portion to be read in Israel is Bamidbar and outside Israel is Bechukotai.
We already finished the study of Zohar Bechukotai last year and we continue with Bamidbar. The good news is that we will complete teh study of Bamidbar by the end of this week.
I am working on compiling the Zohar portions that we completed their study into nicely formatted ebooks.
“לְדָוִד אֵלֶיךָ יְהוָה, נַפְשִׁי אֶשָּׂא.”
“אֱלֹהַי–בְּךָ בָטַחְתִּי, אַל-אֵבוֹשָׁה אַל-יַעַלְצוּ אוֹיְבַי לִי”
“A Psalm of David. To You, O YHVH, I lift up my soul”
“O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me”
Rabbi Shimon asks about why King David chose to arrange the verses of this Psalms according to the order of the Hebrew letters, but he skipped the letter Vav ו. The letter Vav represents Zeir Anpin and our connection to the Light. The letter Vav is missing so we can use this Psalms when we do personal confession and lowering our heads down.
The secret is that when the night falls, Malchut of the side of the judgment becomes the lower Tree with the aspect of death. This tree spreads its branches over everything, and darkness covers all over. The people of this world experience the ‘taste’ of death. We ‘deposit’ our souls into the hands of God for the duration of the night to be returned in the morning.
When the soul returned in the morning, we should bless the Holy One for faithfully restoring our souls.
After a person wakes up from sleep and prays the morning prayer, he covers himself with prayer shawl and wears Tefillin. He starts by purifying himself with reciting the process of the sacrifices in the Holy Temple. The sacrifices were made to purify the people from different sins, and by reading about them, we connect to the work of the priests in the Holy Temple, and it affects us spiritually.
The morning prayer includes chapters from Psalms written by King David. He is the aspect of Malchut, and with Psalms, we praise the Holy one and express ourselves as servants of God. This part of the prayer is done while sitting, which is the aspect of Malchut. When we stand during the prayer, we connect to Zeir Anpin.
Before we go to sleep, we do the prayer called Bed Shema, and the last words we say before closing our eyes are
“בְּיָדְךָ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי פָּדִיתָה אוֹתִי יְהוָה אֵל אֱמֶת.”
“Into Your hand, I entrust my soul; You have ransomed me, O YHVH, God of truth.”
When we wake up in the morning, we give thanks for the soul returned to us.
“אֱלֹהַי! נְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּתַתָּ בִּי טְהוֹרָה. אַתָּה בְרָאתָהּ, אַתָּה יְצַרְתָּהּ, אַתָּה נְפַחְתָּהּ בִּי, וְאַתָּה מְשַׁמְּרָהּ בְּקִרְבִּי, וְאַתָּה עֲתִיד לִטְּלָהּ מִמֶּנִּי, ולְהַחֲזִירָהּ בִּי לֶעָתִיד לָבוֹא.
כָּל זְמַן שֶׁהַנְּשָׁמָה בְּקִרְבִּי מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ יי אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי, רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי, הַמַּחֲזִיר נְשָׁמוֹת לִפְגָרִים מֵתִים.”
My God, the soul that you have given me, is pure, you have created it, you have formed it, you have breathed it into me, and you preserve it within me. You will eventually take it from me, and restore it within me; I give thanks to you, YHVH my God and the God of my fathers, master of all creation, master of all souls, Blessed are you, YHVH who restores souls into dead bodies.
This is the complete bedtime Shema prayer