91. בֹּא רְאֵה, כְּשֶׁאוֹתָהּ הָרוּחַ צְרִיכָה סִיּוּעַ – כְּמוֹ שֶׁהוּא אוֹתוֹ הָאָדָם וּכְמוֹ שֶׁאוֹתוֹ הַגּוּף נִתְקָן, כָּךְ גַּם מְתַקְּנִים לוֹ אֶת אוֹתָהּ הָרוּחַ וּמוֹסִיפִים לוֹ רוּחַ לְהִתְתַּקֵּן, וְזֶה הוּא יֹצֵר רוּחַ אָדָם בְּקִרְבּוֹ.
92. וּבֹא רְאֵה, כֵּיוָן שֶׁאָבַד יוֹסֵף מֵאָבִיו, יַעֲקֹב אִבֵּד אוֹתָהּ תּוֹסֶפֶת הָרוּחַ שֶׁהָיְתָה בּוֹ, וְהִסְתַּלְּקָה מִמֶּנּוּ הַשְּׁכִינָה. אַחַר כָּךְ מַה כָּתוּב? (בראשית מה) וַתְּחִי רוּחַ יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם. וְכִי עַד עַכְשָׁו הָיָה מֵת? אֶלָּא אוֹתָהּ תּוֹסֶפֶת הָרוּחַ הִסְתַּלְּקָה מִמֶּנּוּ הַשְּׁכִינָה וְלֹא הָיְתָה בְתוֹכוֹ, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהָעֶצֶב שֶׁהָיָה בּוֹ גָּרַם לוֹ, [וְאִם גָּרְמָה לוֹ לָזֶה] שֶׁלֹּא הָיְתָה רוּחַ בְּקִיּוּמָהּ, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ וַתְּחִי רוּחַ יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם.
“מַשָּׂא דְבַר יְהוָה עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל נְאֻם יְהוָה נֹטֶה שָׁמַיִם וְיֹסֵד אָרֶץ וְיֹצֵר רוּחַ אָדָם בְּקִרְבּוֹ.”
“The burden of the word of YHVH concerning Israel. Thus declares YHVH who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him,”
The Holy One Blessed be He “forms the spirit of man” to support its growth inside.
The baby cannot have the whole spirit inside of him at his early development stages. As he grows, he gets support and receives the expansion of the soul required for his growth. When the child (bar/ bat Mitzvah) is able to add merits to himself by following the precepts and positive actions, he gets extra levels from the upper levels and the soul grows and expands in all directions.
Jacob lost his extra soul level of Ruach from the upper three Sefirot when he learned that he lost Joseph. Because of that, the Shechina left him. Later when he was told that Joseph is alive it said “the spirit of their father Jacob revived”
“וַיְדַבְּרוּ אֵלָיו אֵת כָּל דִּבְרֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר אֲלֵהֶם וַיַּרְא אֶת הָעֲגָלוֹת אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח יוֹסֵף לָשֵׂאת אֹתוֹ וַתְּחִי רוּחַ יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם.”
“When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.”
The word ‘revived’ means that there was a state of ‘death’. For Jacob, when the extra soul from the upper three sefirot left him, was a state of ‘death’ that was ‘revived’ when he receives the good news and the extra soul with the Shechina came back to him.
When Joseph’s brothers came back home from Egypt, they didn’t want to shock their father by telling him directly that Joseph is alive and in Egypt. They sent ahead Jacob’s granddaughter, Serach, to deliver the message in a smart way. She had a beautiful voice and through a song, she revealed to Jacob that Joseph is alive and he is a king in Egypt.
When Jacob saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, he accepted the truth and his soul was revived with the extra soul that returned to him. At that time he blessed Serach to live forever.
Serach was a prophetess (according to Ba’al Haturim) and one of the few people that entered alive into the Garden of Eden.
Another lesson for us is to avoid losing hope or direction in life. Depression, desperation, worries and all types of feeling that put us down, take away a significant part of our souls. When you find yourself in such a low situation, connect immediately to the Zohar and Torah studies to support your soul. We work hard to achieve higher spiritual levels and losing it for anger and depression doesn’t worth it. The path to the Light may not be easy but it always the bright side.