Daily Zohar # 3243 – Shemot – How to control your Donkeys
Daily Zohar 3243
73. מְשַׁלְּחֵי רֶגֶל הַשּׁוֹר וְהַחֲמוֹר, שֶׁאֵין לָהֶם בְּאוֹתוֹ צַד הָרַע כְּלוּם, וְשׁוֹלְחִים מֵהֶם כָּל הַחֲלָקִים הָרָעִים, וְנִדְבָּקִים בְּאוֹתוֹ הַצַּד הַטּוֹב שֶׁל כָּל הַקְּדֻשּׁוֹת הָעֶלְיוֹנוֹת. שׁוֹר וַחֲמוֹר כַּאֲשֶׁר הֵם מִזְדַּוְּגִים כְּאֶחָד, הֵם שְׁנֵי פְגָעִים רָעִים לָעוֹלָם. שׁוֹר הוּא צַד הַדִּין הַקָּשֶׁה, וְהוּא נִדְבָּק בְּצַד הַקְּדֻשָּׁה. הַחֲמוֹר, כְּשֶׁמִּזְדַּוֵּג עִמּוֹ, שֶׁהוּא מִצַּד הָאַחֵר, הֵם שְׁנֵי פְגָעִים רָעִים לָעוֹלָם.
74. וְעַל זֶה שִׁמְעוֹן הָיָה תֹּקֶף הַדִּין הַקָּשֶׁה, וּכְשֶׁמִּזְדַּוֵּג עִם לֵוִי כְּאֶחָד, לֹא יָכוֹל הָעוֹלָם לִסְבֹּל, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ (דברים כב) לֹא תַחֲרֹשׁ בְּשׁוֹר וּבַחֲמֹר יַחְדָּו. וְעַל זֶה שָׁלַח יַעֲקֹב לְעֵשָׂו דָּבָר זֶה, שֶׁכָּתוּב (בראשית לב) וַיְהִי לִי שׁוֹר וַחֲמוֹר. וְאִם יַעֲקֹב לֹא הִנְמִיךְ עַצְמוֹ, פַּחַד רַב הָיָה נוֹפֵל עַל עֵשָׂו.
“אַשְׁרֵיכֶם זֹרְעֵי עַל כָּל מָיִם מְשַׁלְּחֵי רֶגֶל הַשּׁוֹר וְהַחֲמוֹר.”
“How blessed will you be, you who sow
above all waters, Who let out freely the ox and the donkey.”
Ox and donkey have aspects of judgments. The Ox is from the Holy Side and the Donkey is from the side of the Klipot. When they join, they become a strong force of judgment that could cause destruction to the world.
The ox is a judgment from the holy side, which is the secret of the dot of Shuruk . It is the Left line before it is merged with the Right line. The judgment aspect of Ox is not because of a flaw but because of the lack of Chassadim. Without Chassadim the Light of Chokmah can’t come.
The Donkey is a judgment from the other-side and it comes from the dot of Chirik before it receives light from the upper levels.
Esau had plans to kill his brother Jacob. Before meeting his brother, Jacob sent him messengers telling him;
“וַיְהִי-לִי שׁוֹר וַחֲמוֹר, צֹאן וְעֶבֶד וְשִׁפְחָה; וָאֶשְׁלְחָה לְהַגִּיד לַאדֹנִי, לִמְצֹא-חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ”
“I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.”
Jacob mentioned that he had Oxen and Donkeys, so Esau can understand that he has control over the forces of the Left. If Jacob didn’t lower himself, Esau would have had a great fear knowing that Jacob has the ability to conquer these two levels of judgments.
“ לֹא-תַחֲרֹשׁ בְּשׁוֹר-וּבַחֲמֹר, יַחְדָּו”
“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”
The Torah teaches us not to harness ox and donkey because together they can bring to the world intolerable judgments from the other-side.
Shimon, the son of Jacob had the aspect of Ox with strong judgment. Joseph chose to lock him up and not any of the other brothers because neutralizing Shimon would subdue the Left of the Holy from being expressed and change his plans for his brothers.
The practical lesson is to sow seeds above all waters as we learned in previous studies and isolate ourselves from any judgment that comes our way.
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