Daily Zohar # 3150 – Vaetchanan – The wise will inherit glory
160. וּכְסִילִים מֵרִים קָלוֹן, מַה הוּא? בֹּא וּרְאֵה, כְּשֶׁאָדָם הוֹלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וּמִשְׁתַּדֵּל בַּתּוֹרָה, הֲרֵי אוֹתוֹ כְּבוֹד ה’ הוּא יוֹרֵשׁ לְעַצְמוֹ, וְכַמָּה אֶפִּיטְרוֹפְּסִים וְסָנֵגוֹרִים נִמְצָאִים לְמַעְלָה עַל הָאָדָם, וְכֻלָּם מְלַמְּדִים עָלָיו זְכוּת לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ הַקָּדוֹשׁ. וְאִם אֵין הָאָדָם מִשְׁתַּדֵּל בַּתּוֹרָה וְלֹא הוֹלֵךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ רִבּוֹנוֹ, הוּא נַעֲשֶׂה עָלָיו קָטֵגוֹר. וְאוֹתוֹ קָטֵגוֹר מְשׁוֹטֵט בָּאֲוִיר (וְהוֹלֵךְ לוֹ), וְלֹא עוֹלֶה לְמַעְלָה, אוּלַי יָשׁוּב הָאָדָם מֵחֶטְאוֹ. כֵּיוָן שֶׁרוֹאֶה שֶׁאֵין הָאָדָם שָׁב וְלֹא רוֹצֶה לְהִשְׁתַּדֵּל בַּתּוֹרָה, אָז הוּא עוֹלֶה לְמַעְלָה וּמְלַמֵּד עָלָיו חוֹבָה. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב וּכְסִילִים מֵרִים קָלוֹן, וְעוֹלֶה לְמַעְלָה וְעוֹשֶׂה קִטְרוּג.
“כָּבוֹד חֲכָמִים יִנְחָלוּ וּכְסִילִים מֵרִים קָלוֹן.”
“The wise will inherit glory, but fools are held up to shame.”
Those who study the Torah ‘inherit glory’ in this world, Malchut, from the ‘glory’ of the supernal King that is Zeir Anpin.
Those who walk the righteous path and study Torah inherits the glory of YHVH together with many advocates that protect him and present his merits to the Holy One Blessed be He.
If a person doesn’t follow the path of his master, he raises a prosecutor to go against him. That person is given time to return to the correct path but if he doesn’t do Teshuva then as the verse says; ‘fools are held up to shame’. The prosecutor goes up and claims judgment on that person.
The word ‘כבוד’ is translated to ‘Honor’ and ‘Glory’.
‘The Glory’ of YHVH is the Light that comes down from the levels of Chokmah and Binah, יה YH through Zeir Anpin ו V and manifest in Malchut with the Shechina that shines this light on us.
In Exodus 33:18 Moses asks God to show him his ‘Glory’
In Isaiah 6:3 the angels call for God’s glory to appear. “And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is YHVH of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”
We use the same call during the morning and afternoon prayers. We stand like the angels and say “Kadosh (Holy), Kadosh, Kadosh” and “Blessed be the Glory of YHVH from his place (Malchut, the Shechina)”
During the travels in the wilderness, we had the “Clouds of Glory” with us by the merit of Aaron the high priest that made a connection every day to keep these clouds protecting the Israelites during the journeys.
Before the revelation of the Torah on Mount Sinai, we read in Exodus 24:16 “The glory of YHVH rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud”. Six days to create the ‘bridge’ of Zeir Anpin and on the seventh the connection established, and Moses could climb from Malchut to Binah and stay with God on the ‘mountain’ 40 days and nights to receive the Torah.