97. אָמַר הַיְּהוּדִי הַהוּא, כְּמוֹ מַטְבֵּעַ בְּכִיס נִמְצָא בַּפָּסוּק הַזֶּה. אָמְרוּ לוֹ, מִנַּיִן לְךָ? אָמַר לָהֶם, שָׁמַעְתִּי מֵאַבָּא, וְלָמַדְתִּי כָּאן דָּבָר [טוֹב] בַּפָּסוּק הַזֶּה. פָּתַח וְאָמַר, הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה הוּא בִּשְׁנֵי גְוָנִים וּבִשְׁנֵי צְדָדִים. קוֹרְאִים בּוֹ דְּרָכִים וְקוֹרְאִים בּוֹ נְתִיבוֹת. קוֹרְאִים בּוֹ נֹעַם, וְקוֹרְאִים בּוֹ שָׁלוֹם. מִי הַדְּרָכִים וּמִי הַנְּתִיבוֹת? מִי הַנֹּעַם וּמִי הַשָּׁלוֹם?
“דְּרָכֶיהָ דַרְכֵי נֹעַם וְכָל נְתִיבוֹתֶיהָ שָׁלוֹם.”
“Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace.”
Rabbi Chizkiya quotes this verse and says that the ‘pleasant ways’ are the ways of the Torah and those who walk by it, the Holy One Blessed be He, bestows on him the pleasant presence of the Shechina to be with him forever.
All the Torah paths lead to peace. Those who follow the Torah benefit from peace in this world and in the world to come.
The Jew that joined them said that there is a deep secret in this study. They asked him how he knows it and he replied that he learned it from his father.
He explained that the verse mentions ‘ways’ and ‘paths’, and ‘pleasant’ and ‘Peace’. The question is what is ways, what is the path. What is pleasant and what is path.
Continued in the next study of Miketz.
Walking the ways of the Torah that is Zeir Anpin and a male aspect that brings the Light of Binah. The light comes to this world, female, Malchut through the process/sefirot of Zeir Anpin. Drawing the Light is always an aspect of males. Woman receives sparks of Light from a man to bring life to this world. Studies and prayers by men or women have the aspect of male. If a woman is single or her spouse is not well connected, then the woman can add and complement to the aspect of male that is important to draw light to the home.
When we address a mixed group of males and females, we use the plural form of the male because we want to connect to Light from the higher level and not Malchut that is most important for the process of manifesting the light in this world. A child is born with a Jewish/Israelite soul if the mother (vessel) is Jewish, even if the father is from a different religion. We learn that the vessel and the end results are what counts.
The Hebrew language and its grammar rules are important because it’s about spiritual connection and receiving light.
Women in the Torah and the Bible have great roles. Rabbi Akiva said that by the merit of righteous women, the Israelites redeemed from Egypt and by their merits, we will be redeemed in the future.
Studying the Torah, especially through the Zohar connects us to the pleasantness feeling of the Shechina.