Daily Zohar # 3222 – Miketz – Holy Covenant
82. וּכְשֶׁיּוֹסֵף הַצַּדִּיק יָרַד לְמִצְרַיִם בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, הוּא מָשַׁךְ אַחַר כָּךְ עִמּוֹ אֶת הַשְּׁכִינָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵין שְׁכִינָה הוֹלֶכֶת אֶלָּא אַחַר הַצַּדִּיק, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ נִמְשַׁךְ יוֹסֵף לְמִצְרַיִם בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, וְנָטַל אֶת כָּל עֹשֶׁר הָעוֹלָם כָּרָאוּי, וְאַחַר כָּךְ יָרְדָה שְׁכִינָה לְמִצְרַיִם וְכָל הַשְּׁבָטִים עִמָּהּ.
83. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ יוֹסֵף, שֶׁשָּׁמַר אֶת הַבְּרִית, זָכָה לְהִתְעַטֵּר בִּמְקוֹמוֹ, וְזָכָה לַמַּלְכוּת שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה וְלַמַּלְכוּת שֶׁלְּמַטָּה. וְעַל כֵּן, כָּל מִי שֶׁשּׁוֹמֵר בְּרִית הַקֹּדֶשׁ כְּאִלּוּ קִיֵּם כָּל הַתּוֹרָה הַקְּדוֹשָׁה כֻּלָּהּ, שֶׁהֲרֵי הַבְּרִית שְׁקוּלָה כְּכָל הַתּוֹרָה.
The Holy One Blessed be He created the kingdom/Malchut on earth to be like the kingdom of heaven. They are parallel and everything on earth has a root in heavens. Anything that is done on earth was in front of the Holy One Blessed be He before it happened in this world.
The upper Three Sefirot are called the Kingdom of Heavens and our world is the ‘Kingdom’ that is nourished and controlled by the upper kingdom. To have united kingdoms with a complete connection between the upper and lower kingdoms, the Holy One Blessed be He, uses the Patriarchs as channels for the three lines; Abraham on the Right, Chessed, Isaac on the Left, Gevurah, and Jacob in the middle for Tiferet. They connect the Kingdom of heavens to Malchut that is the kingdom below.
When Joseph arrived in Egypt, he had the Shechina with him, because the Shechina follows the Tzadik wherever he goes. This connection allowed him to be in control of all the treasures and resources of Egypt that was in control of the entire world. Later he was joined with his brothers and their tribes.
The reproductive organs in males and females are aspects of Yessod. Yessod is the channel that connects the upper and lower to bring life into this world. The man is responsible to draw life force into the vessel of the woman that would accept it. A thought that drew light became a drop that is transformed through Yessod to into a new life. The male organ is called in the Torah ‘ברית’ ‘Covenant’ or ‘ברית קודש’ ‘Holy Covenant’, because of the covenant God made with Abraham and was marked by the circumcision. The circumcision ceremony is called ‘ברית’ (Pronounced “B’rit”) to connect us to the covenant with Abraham.
Joseph became a chariot for the Sefira of Yessod because he kept his ‘ברית קודש’, ‘Holy Covenant’. Keeping a pure channel of Yessod, allow the flow of pure light from the three columns to Malchut. Because of that he had the Shechina with him and was able to control the treasures of Egypt.
The Zohar tells us that those who keep the purity of the ‘Holy Covenant’ are considered as if they kept the entire Torah.
The Sefira of Yessod brings the energy of Life to this world. Yessod is the gate that controls the flow of sustenance and blessing to the world. Joseph earned the merits to be a chariot for Yessod and it gave him control over this critical gate of light. He controlled the sustenance of Egypt and the world.
Joseph was protected from the Evil Eye because he holds the Light of the upper Sefirot before releasing it to us in Malchut.
The Torah is Zeir Anpin and we connect to it with our daily studies and on Shabbat.
Giving Tzedakah connects us to Yessod because giving money creates a bridge from the material level to the spiritual level of Light.