Daily Zohar 3231
84. וּבֹא וּרְאֵה מַה כָּתוּב, וַיִּשְׁאַל אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ. בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה וַיֵּלֶךְ אֶל נַפְשׁוֹ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנִּתְבָּאֵר בַּקִּיּוּם, וְכָאן אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ לָמוּת, הָעֵץ שֶׁבּוֹ שׁוֹרֶה הַמָּוֶת, וְשָׁם נִגְלָה עָלָיו הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, כַּכָּתוּב צֵא וְעָמַדְתָּ בָהָר. מַה כָּתוּב אַחֲרָיו? וְאַחַר הָרַעַשׁ אֵשׁ לֹא בָאֵשׁ ה’ וְאַחַר הָאֵשׁ קוֹל דְּמָמָה דַקָּה. זֶהוּ הַמָּקוֹם הַפְּנִימִי שֶׁל הַכֹּל, שֶׁמִּמֶּנּוּ יוֹצְאִים כָּל הָאוֹרוֹת.
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.”
When people die, the angel of death separates their soul from their body with a sword. Elijah’s soul was separated from his body by chariots of fire. This kind of separation transformed him into a holy angel of God. As a holy angel, Elijah could carry missions from the Holy One Blessed be He in this world and make miracles.
1 Kings 19:4
“וְהוּא הָלַךְ בַּמִּדְבָּר דֶּרֶךְ יוֹם וַיָּבֹא וַיֵּשֶׁב תַּחַת רֹתֶם אחת אֶחָד וַיִּשְׁאַל אֶת נַפְשׁוֹ לָמוּת וַיֹּאמֶר רַב עַתָּה יְהוָה קַח נַפְשִׁי כִּי לֹא טוֹב אָנֹכִי מֵאֲבֹתָי.”
“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he asked his soul that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O YHVH, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”
Previously we read that Elijah “ran to his soul” using “אל” that is a male aspect. Here Elijah asks ‘his soul’ using a female form with the word ‘את’. The Zohar tells us that this form connected Elijah to the Tree of Death that is in Malchut. At the same place, the Holy One Blessed be He revealed himself to Elijah, telling him,
1 Kings 19:11,12
“וַיֹּאמֶר צֵא וְעָמַדְתָּ בָהָר לִפְנֵי יְהוָה וְהִנֵּה יְהוָה עֹבֵר וְרוּחַ גְּדוֹלָה וְחָזָק מְפָרֵק הָרִים וּמְשַׁבֵּר סְלָעִים לִפְנֵי יְהוָה לֹא בָרוּחַ יְהוָה וְאַחַר הָרוּחַ רַעַשׁ לֹא בָרַעַשׁ יְהוָה.”
“וְאַחַר הָרַעַשׁ אֵשׁ לֹא בָאֵשׁ יְהוָה וְאַחַר הָאֵשׁ קוֹל דְּמָמָה דַקָּה.”
“So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before YHVH.” And behold, YHVH was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking into pieces the rocks before YHVH, but YHVH was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but YHVH was not in the earthquake.”
“After the earthquake, a fire, but YHVH was not in the fire, and after the fire a still silent voice.”
The last aspect of God’s revelation is “a still silent voice”, which is the most inner level where all lights come out.
Elijah killed Jezebel’s 450 prophets that worshipped the Ba’al, who is the God of the other-side. Jezebel was furious and swore to kill Elijah so he ran away, depressed and expecting the worst.
Even though he was on a low spiritual point, God revealed himself to him sending him on a mission to anoint a new king over Israel to replace the corrupted king Ahab and his idol worshipper queen, Jezebel.
The lesson is for us to know that even if we reach a low spiritual state, we can still connect to God on the highest level.
In 1 Kings 19:11,12 we read an interesting description of the revelation of God.
And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before YHVH;
but YHVH was not in the wind.
And after the wind, an earthquake,
but YHVH was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake, a fire,
but YHVH was not in the fire
and after the fire a still silent voice
The Bible doesn’t say after the fire “And YHVH found in the silence” because God’s presence is everywhere. We can always find a quiet place in our minds and communicate with God.