Daily Zohar 3238
98. וְסוֹד אַחֵר – וַיִּשְׁאַל יַעֲקֹב וְגוֹ’, וַיֹּאמֶר לָמָּה זֶּה תִּשְׁאַל לִשְׁמִי וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתוֹ שָׁם. זֶה לֹא עָתִיד, אֶלָּא בִּזְכוּתוֹ שֶׁל זֶה לְבָרֵךְ אוֹתָם.
99. וְסוֹד גָּדוֹל שֵׁנִי בַּמָּקוֹם שֶׁל הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה, אֲבָל לֹא בָאתִי לְפָנֶיךָ אֶלָּא לְהַשְׁמִיעַ פָּסוּק זֶה שֶׁאָמַרְתִּי מִלִּפְנֵי שֶׁאָמַרְתִּי לְךָ שֶׁהַתּוֹרָה נִקְרֵאת זֶה. כָּתוּב (שופטים ה) זֶה סִינַי מִפְּנֵי ה’ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, כְּשֶׁנִּתְּנָה תּוֹרָה עַל יְדֵי מֹשֶׁה, (שמות לב) כִּי זֶה מֹשֶׁה הָאִישׁ, (שמות טו) זֶה אֵלִי וְאַנְוֵהוּ. הַתּוֹרָה הָיְתָה יוֹרֶדֶת מִלִּפְנֵי אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
“וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל אָבִיו בָּנַי הֵם אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לִי אֱלֹהִים בָּזֶה וַיֹּאמַר קָחֶם נָא אֵלַי וַאֲבָרֲכֵם.”
“Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me this (בָּזֶה).” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.”
After telling his father “These are my sons, whom God has given me,” Jacob told him, “Please bring them to me, that I may bless them.”. The sons of Joseph were connected to the Torah and Jacob could channel blessings to them.
The angel that fought with Jacob asked for his name and Jacob answered him.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו מַה שְּׁמֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב.”
“וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי שָׂרִיתָ עִם אֱלֹהִים וְעִם אֲנָשִׁים וַתּוּכָל.”
“וַיִּשְׁאַל יַעֲקֹב וַיֹּאמֶר הַגִּידָה נָּא שְׁמֶךָ וַיֹּאמֶר לָמָּה זֶּה תִּשְׁאַל לִשְׁמִי וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתוֹ שָׁם.”
“So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.””
“Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.””
“Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is (זה) it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there.”
A person’s name testifies to his spiritual level. Jacob is a name on a level that is lower than the name Israel given to him by the angel he fought and won. Immediately after, Jacob asked the angel for his name, looking to understand the angel’s mission. The angel replied with a question “why do you ask me”, using the word ‘זה’ that as we explained before it is a reference to the Torah. The angel didn’t give his name and blessed Jacob.
“הָרִים נָזְלוּ מִפְּנֵי יְהוָה זֶה סִינַי מִפְּנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.”
“The mountains quaked before YHVH, this (זֶה) Sinai before YHVH, the God of Israel.”
Sinai is where the Torah was given to Israel and it became part of the Torah. (תורה מסיני)
“וַיַּרְא הָעָם כִּי בֹשֵׁשׁ מֹשֶׁה לָרֶדֶת מִן הָהָר וַיִּקָּהֵל הָעָם עַל אַהֲרֹן וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו קוּם עֲשֵׂה לָנוּ אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר יֵלְכוּ לְפָנֵינוּ כִּי זֶה מֹשֶׁה הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלָנוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לֹא יָדַעְנוּ מֶה הָיָה לוֹ.”
“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this (זֶה) Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.””
Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. And his name is connected to the Torah. The people use the word זֶה to refer to Moses.
“זֶה אֵלִי וְאַנְוֵהוּ אֱלֹהֵי אָבִי וַאֲרֹמְמֶנְהוּ.”
“This (זֶה) is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him”
In the second verse of the Song that the Israelites sang after splitting and crossing the sea, they saw the Torah coming down and called it “This (זֶה) is my God”.
Jacob invited Joseph’s sons, Menashe and Ephraim to receive blessings from him only after he found out that they are connected to the Torah.
We should remember that the Light needs a vessel to receive the Light and be able to manifest it in our material world. It’s important that the people we pray for have consciousness and desire to receive the Light we pray for them.
This is an important principle to follow. Study Zohar and Psalms before expressing your wishes and desires before God. Give Tzedaka before a personal wish, even a few coins into a box/jar dedicated for this purpose. Reveal light before asking for it.
“וַיֹּאמֶר לִי עַבְדִּי אָתָּה יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר בְּךָ אֶתְפָּאָר.”
“And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
When the name Israel is mentioned instead of Jacob, it is to tell us that it is related to a higher level of Zeir Anpin.
Studying the Zohar is the aspect of “I will adorn him” because we study the secrets of the Torah and revealing greater light. Our place of study should be nice and clean to give honor and be able to say “זֶה אֵלִי וְאַנְוֵהוּ” “This (זֶה) is my God, I will adorn Him”.