Daily Zohar # 3080 – Chukat – Pull the water of life with fragrance
DZ 3080 Chukat
“וּמִשָּׁם בְּאֵרָה הִוא הַבְּאֵר אֲשֶׁר אָמַר יְהוָה לְמֹשֶׁה אֱסֹף אֶת הָעָם וְאֶתְּנָה לָהֶם מָיִם.”
“From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where YHVH said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.””
The name of the place ‘Beer’ is written in Hebrew as ‘בְּאֵרָה’. It means ‘where the well is’. The ‘well’ is a place where water is gathered, ready to be drawn out. The word for ‘well’ is ‘בְּאֵר’ and the added ה to make ‘בְּאֵרָה’ is to tell us that the well is in a state after the water filled it up and connected to Malchut.
Without the letter ה the word ‘בְּאֵר’ has the aspect of male, a channel of water that is Light to nourish and bring life into Malchut.
Rabbi Aba says that whenever we see in the Torah ‘הוא’ (him) and read it as ‘היא’ (She), it is like the example with the ‘well’ above. The letter (H)ה is female, Malchut, the letter ו (Vav) is for Zeir Anpin and the letter (Alef) א is for Binah that is the first letter and include everything it. Zeir Anpin and Malchut come out of Binah, the Mother that provides nourishment for all.
The Israelites are blessed because even though they are in the lower level of Malchut, they can connect to the supernal levels.
“דְּעוּ כִּי יְהוָה הוּא אֱלֹהִים הוּא עָשָׂנוּ ולא ]וְלוֹ[ אֲנַחְנוּ עַמּוֹ וְצֹאן מַרְעִיתוֹ”
“Know that YHVH Himself is God; It is He (הוּא) who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture”
This verse reveals the connection between ‘הוּא’, us, and YHVH.
Rabbi Shimon says that the spirit in the water is the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh). The spirit in Malchut is also called ‘Holy Spirit’.
“עוּרִי צָפוֹן וּבוֹאִי תֵימָן הָפִיחִי גַנִּי יִזְּלוּ בְשָׂמָיו יָבֹא דוֹדִי לְגַנּוֹ וְיֹאכַל פְּרִי מְגָדָיו.”
“”Awake, O north wind, And come, the wind of the south; Make my garden breathe/pour out (יִזְּלוּ) fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!””
King Solomon in Songs of Songs awakens the wind in the Garden that is Malchut to raise the fragrance (positive actions) and invite the beloved one (Zeir Anpin, Light).
After the ‘invitation’ is sent, the Light comes down as described in Psalms 147:18
“יִשְׁלַח דְּבָרוֹ וְיַמְסֵם יַשֵּׁב רוּחוֹ יִזְּלוּ מָיִם. ”
“He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters (Light) to flow (יִזְּלוּ).”
Only after the ‘invitation’, the Light comes.
When we make ‘fragrances’ in this world, God sends us his water to sustain and bring life into the Garden.
It’s on ourselves to make positive actions below in order to cause a positive reaction above. All we need is a fragrance, which is not necessarily a substance or hard work. Expressing desires to do good can be a good fragrance. Giving Tzedakah definitely a strong fragrance. Study Zohar and sharing is a strong fragrance too.
‘Well’ is where we draw water that is Light. Throughout the Torah, we see the close connection between ‘well’ and Light.
One significant place is when God commands Moses to write the Torah on the tablets.
“וְכָתַבְתָּ עַל הָאֲבָנִים אֶת כָּל דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת בַּאֵר הֵיטֵב”
“And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly (בַּאֵר).”. The true meaning in Hebrew for בַּאֵר in this verse is ‘explain clearly’. The explanation/ study is the Light that is revealed from the Torah. It’s like the water of life for us.