101. מִקֹּדֶם לָכֵן נִטְמְאוּ בְּאֶרֶץ הָעַמִּים וְלֹא הָיוּ בְּדַרְכֵי הַתּוֹרָה כְּמוֹ שֶׁהָיוּ צְרִיכִים לָלֶכֶת, וְיָשְׁבוּ זְמַן רַב בֵּין נָכְרִים דּוֹר אַחֲרֵי דוֹר וְלָמְדוּ מִדַּרְכֵיהֶם. כְּשֶׁיָּשׁוּבוּ פְּנֵי הַשְּׁכִינָה לְאַרְצָם, בַּתְּחִלָּה לֹא יוּכְלוּ לִרְאוֹת פְּנֵי שְׁכִינָה עַד שֶׁיִּתֵּן הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא רוּחוֹ לָהֶם.
102. רַבִּי חִיָּיא פָּתַח, (יחזקאל לו) וְאֶת רוּחִי אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם. וְאַחַר כָּךְ, וְעָשִׂיתִי אֵת אֲשֶׁר בְּחֻקַּי תֵּלֵכוּ וּמִשְׁפָּטַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם. מֵאַחַר שֶׁיִּתֵּן רוּחוֹת בָּכֶם וְגַם קְדֻשָּׁה, בִּדְרָכַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְתִתְהַלְּכוּ.
“וְעֵינֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּבְדוּ מִזֹּקֶן לֹא יוּכַל לִרְאוֹת וַיַּגֵּשׁ אֹתָם אֵלָיו וַיִּשַּׁק לָהֶם וַיְחַבֵּק לָהֶם.”
“Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them closer to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.”
When Israel in Exile, they will get ‘old’ and won’t be able to see the Shechina until they receive a different spirit.
“וַיִּתְעָרְבוּ בַגּוֹיִם וַיִּלְמְדוּ מַעֲשֵׂיהֶם.”
“but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.”
When in exile among the other nations of the world, the Israelites follow their ways and not the ways of the Torah as they should. Because of that, they gain layers of impurity that dim their eyes from seeing the Light.
When they return to their land, they won’t be able to see the Shechina at the beginning, only after they receive a new soul level from the Holy One Blessed be He.
“וְאֶת רוּחִי אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וְעָשִׂיתִי אֵת אֲשֶׁר בְּחֻקַּי תֵּלֵכוּ וּמִשְׁפָּטַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם.”
“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
Rabbi Chiya explains that after the Holy One Blessed Be He put in us from his Holy Spirit, we will walk the ways of God in holiness.
For many generations the Israelites lived among the nations of the world, speaking their language and adopting their customs. Even if it socially acceptable and looks ‘normal’ on the surface, there are impurities that stick to souls without personal awareness.
When we study the Torah, especially through the Zohar, it leads us into ‘Our Land’. The studies open our eyes to see the Light, purify our souls, and remove blockages. It brings us closer to the Light. With purification and spiritual growth, we feel ‘sweetness’ and greater love that increase with more studies.
To step up to higher levels, it is important to learn to read the Hebrew letters, words and text. The letters have aspects of angels that carry the Light. Calling the names of the letters is like calling names of angels. With pure and proper consciousness this simple action draws Light to us.
A person that doesn’t know how to read the prayers can memorize the Hebrew letters, their shapes and names to have a strong alternative to prayers. The letters are the building blocks of the sacred text and they can form powerful prayers in our hearts.
Even proficient Hebrew readers need to open their eyes and see the letters and words clearly while reading. Such focus would open us to the guidance of God as the verse above says, “you will be careful to observe My ordinances”, which is the automated outcome of having the spirit of God inside of us.