Daily Zohar # 3240 – Shemot – It is our responsibility
Daily Zohar 3240
66. וְעוֹד אָמַר לוֹ, בֹּא רְאֵה, מַפְתְּחוֹת שֶׁמְּאִירִים (שָׂרִים) עֲנָפִים יוֹשְׁבִים בְּמַסְעֵיהֶם (בְּצִלָם), מְמֻנִּים עַל שִׁבְעִים עַמִּים, יוֹצְאִים מִתְּרֵיסַר חֲקִיקוֹת וְקִשּׁוּרִים שֶׁמִּסְתּוֹבְבִים בְּמַסְעוֹתֵיהֶם בְּמִשְׁקָל לְאַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת הָעוֹלָם. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב (דברים לב) יַצֵּב גְּבֻלֹת עַמִּים לְמִסְפַּר בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. וְהַיְנוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב (זכריה ב) כִּי כְּאַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם פֵּרַשְׂתִּי אֶתְכֶם, לְהַרְאוֹת שֶׁהֵם עוֹמְדִים בִּשְׁבִיל יִשְׂרָאֵל. בְּאַרְבַּע לֹא נֶאֱמַר, אֶלָּא כְּאַרְבַּע. כְּמוֹ שֶׁאִי אֶפְשָׁר לָעוֹלָם בְּלִי אַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת, כָּךְ אִי אֶפְשָׁר לָעוֹלָם בְּלִי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
“וּבְנֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר יֻלַּד לוֹ בְמִצְרַיִם נֶפֶשׁ שְׁנָיִם כָּל הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה שִׁבְעִים.”
“And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the people of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.”
Rabbi Chiya was studying with Rabbi Shimon. He asked why the Torah found it necessary to count the children of Jacob in the beginning when they were 12 and in this verse it says that there were seventy souls. Why seventy and not more.
Rabbi Shimon answered that seventy is against the seventy nations of the world. The Israelites are one nation against the rest of the world.
“הוֹי הוֹי וְנֻסוּ מֵאֶרֶץ צָפוֹן נְאֻם יְהוָה כִּי כְּאַרְבַּע רוּחוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם פֵּרַשְׂתִּי אֶתְכֶם נְאֻם יְהוָה.”
“Get up! Get up! Flee from the land of the north,” declares YHVH, “for I have scattered you like the four winds of heaven,” declares YHVH.”
The four ‘winds’ are the four directions North, South, East, and West. The three lines of the Tree of Life send light to the four sefirot, Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet and Malchut. Four times three is twelve that represent the 12 Tribes of Israel and bring Light to Malchut. It gives them control over Malchut and the Seventy nations of the world as it says,
“בְּהַנְחֵל עֶלְיוֹן גּוֹיִם בְּהַפְרִידוֹ בְּנֵי אָדָם יַצֵּב גְּבֻלֹת עַמִּים לְמִסְפַּר בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.”
“When the Highest gave the nations their inheritance, When He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the people According to the number of the sons of Israel.”
The spiritual system is for the Israelites to bring the Light to the world. The world cannot exist without the four ‘winds’ and since the Israelites have control over the four, the world cannot exist without Israel.
The 12 tribes of Israel represent the forces of the Tree of Life that control Malchut. It is the duty of the Israelites to draw and provide Light for the whole world.
The existence of the children of Israel depends on the connection to the Tree of Life through the Torah.
The nations of the world depend on the Israelites for their light. When they feel a lack of Light there is a rise in antisemitism because we don’t do our connections.
The land of Israel is holy and the source of energy for the world. Recent elections in Israel reflect the division among the people. There is a strong movement of people against religion. They wish to transform Israel into a secular land without connection to God. This issue creates spiritual corruption and the little flow of light that comes down to Israel is disrupted. The outcome is greater chaos and the rise of antisemitism around the world.
Since the destruction of the Holy Temple that provided Light for all, we were scattered to the four ‘winds’ of the world to provide sustenance of Light to the nations where we live. We do that with our studies and the reading of the Torah on Shabbat.
The situation is critical and judgments rise everywhere. The only solution to mitigate this is to focus on the Light to draw more into our lives and our environments.
This study connects our souls to the Tree of Life where we all came from. If we read the Zohar text or listen to it twice or more, we activate greater movements of light above and bring more of it to this world. We must do more before judgments come closer to our homes.
Remember that your non-Israelite neighbor depends on you for the Light that would bring peace to his life and yours.
Until Mashiach comes to remove all negativity from the world and bring peace, it is our responsibility to push away the darkness with light.