Daily Zohar # 3230 – Vayigash – A greater desire for immortality
82. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ כָּתוּב אֶל נַפְשׁוֹ, וְלֹא כָתוּב אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ – זוֹ הַנְּקֵבָה. וְאִם תֹּאמַר וְאֶל הָאִשָּׁה אָמַר – הַכְּלָלוּת שֶׁל זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה כְּשֶׁהִיא בְּתוֹךְ הַזָּכָר, אָז וְאֶל הָאִשָּׁה אָמַר. אֶת הָאִשָּׁה – הַנְּקֵבָה לְבַדָּהּ, וְלֹא שֶׁל הַזָּכָר. כְּמוֹ זֶה אֶל נַפְשׁוֹ – הַזָּכָר לְבַדּוֹ. אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ – הַנְּקֵבָה לְבַדָּהּ וְלֹא הִתְכַּלְּלוּת שֶׁל זָכָר. וּמִשּׁוּם שֶׁהוּא מִצַּד הַזָּכָר יוֹתֵר מִכָּל בְּנֵי הָעוֹלָם, הִתְקַיֵּם בְּקִיּוּמוֹ יוֹתֵר, וְלֹא מֵת כִּשְׁאָר בְּנֵי הָעוֹלָם, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהַכֹּל הוּא מֵעֵץ הַחַיִּים, וְלֹא מִתּוֹךְ הֶעָפָר. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ הִסְתַּלֵּק לְמַעְלָה וְלֹא מֵת כְּדֶרֶךְ כָּל בְּנֵי הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁכָּתוּב (מלכים-ב ב) וַיַּעַל אֵלִיָּהוּ בַּסֳּעָרָה הַשָּׁמָיִם.
1 Kings 19:3
“וַיַּרְא וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלֶךְ אֶל נַפְשׁוֹ וַיָּבֹא בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע אֲשֶׁר לִיהוּדָה וַיַּנַּח אֶת נַעֲרוֹ שָׁם.”
“And he saw that and arose and ran to his soul and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.” (The translation of this verse is close to literal to make is close to the deeper meaning that is explained by the Zohar, Zion)
It is usually written ‘את נפשו’,’ his soul’ but here it is saying ‘אֶל נַפְשׁוֹ’, ‘to his soul’.
Rabbi Shimon says that all the souls come out from Yessod of Zeir Anpin and then to the female, Malchut. The female is impregnated from the male, with the desire of the male to the female and the female to the male.
When the desire of the male is strong then the life force of the soul is greater because the life force comes from the Tree of Life that is Zeir Anpin. Elijah came from the great desire of the male more than others and for that, he didn’t die.
For that reason, it is written ‘אֶל נַפְשׁוֹ’ ‘to his soul’ because ‘אֶל’ has the aspect of male. ‘את נפשו’ ‘his soul’ has ‘את’ that is the aspect of a female.
In Genesis 3:16 it says ”אֶל הָאִשָּׁה אָמַר”, “to the woman he said…” that may look conflicting with the explanation above but in this case, the reference is to the man and woman as a whole.
Elijah was from the purity of the Tree of Life and not from dust like other people. Because of that he didn’t die like other people but ascended to heaven with a chariot of fire.
2 Kings 2:11
“וַיְהִי הֵמָּה הֹלְכִים הָלוֹךְ וְדַבֵּר וְהִנֵּה רֶכֶב אֵשׁ וְסוּסֵי אֵשׁ וַיַּפְרִדוּ בֵּין שְׁנֵיהֶם וַיַּעַל אֵלִיָּהוּ בַּסְּעָרָה הַשָּׁמָיִם.”
“As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Elijah is Pinchas the priest that God promised him eternal priesthood (Numbers 25:13) because he saved the Israelites from certain death. He received the pure souls of Nadav and Avihue with the highest connection to the Tree of Life. Pinchas turned to be Elijah the prophet that didn’t die because of the pure soul he had in him.
A couple that wishes to have a child should prepare themselves properly by focusing on the process and not having a child by ‘accident’. The man should have a greater desire because it determines his connection to the Tree of Life, Zeir Anpin, where the souls are chosen to connect to the specific unification. The woman should also have a great desire to accept the Light from the man and manifest it in her vessel that was purified earlier on a physical and spiritual level in a mikveh.
Our desires for the studies of Torah and Zohar draw greater support for our souls from the Tree of Life. With that, we can earn the merit to be resurrected to immortality at the time of the Final Redemption.