Daily Zohar 3246
Holy Zohar text. Daily Zohar -3246


Hebrew translation:

72. וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי ה’. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה פָּתַח, קַמְתִּי אֲנִי לִפְתֹּחַ לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי חָמַק עָבָר וְגוֹ’. קַמְתִּי אֲנִי לִפְתֹּחַ לְדוֹדִי – זֶה קוֹל. בֹּא רְאֵה, כְּנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל, כְּשֶׁהִיא בַּגָּלוּת, קוֹל מִסְתַּלֵּק מִמֶּנָּה, וְהַדִּבּוּר נִשְׁתַּתֵּק מִמֶּנָּה, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר נֶאֱלַמְתִּי דוּמִיָּה. וְאִם מִתְעוֹרֵר דָּבָר, מַה כָּתוּב? וְדוֹדִי חָמַק עָבָר, שֶׁהֲרֵי קוֹל הִסְתַּלֵּק מִמֶּנָּה וְנִפְסַק הַדִּבּוּר, וְעַל זֶה וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל מֹשֶׁה. הִתְחִילָה לְדַבֵּר, וְהִפְסִיקָה וְשָׁתְקָה. אַחַר כָּךְ הִשְׁלִים הַקּוֹל וְאָמַר וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי ה’.
73. וָאֵרָא אֶל אַבְרָהָם אֶל יִצְחָק וְאֶל יַעֲקֹב. בְּיַעֲקֹב תּוֹסֶפֶת וָא”ו, שֶׁהוּא בְּחִיר הָאָבוֹת, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק וֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב. בְּיַעֲקֹב תּוֹסֶפת וָא”ו. אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹסֵי, אִם כָּךְ, הֲרֵי כָּתוּב אֲנִי ה’ אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אָבִיךָ וֵאלֹהֵי יִצְחָק. הֲרֵי בְּיִצְחָק תּוֹסֶפֶת וָא”ו?


Zohar Vaera

Exodus 6:2,3
“וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי יְהוָה.”
“וָאֵרָא אֶל אַבְרָהָם אֶל יִצְחָק וְאֶל יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי וּשְׁמִי יְהוָה לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם.”
“Then God spoke to Moses, telling him, “I am YHVH
“I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name YHVH I did not make myself known to them.”

The first verse has two parts “And God (אלהים) spoke to Moses” then “and He told him, ‘I am YHVH’”.
The name ‘אלהים’ that is usually translated as ‘God’ is the aspect of Left column and Gevurah. Binah is at the top of the left column and the holy name that represents Binah is  , YHVH with the Nikud of ‘אלהים’ ‘ELHYM’.

The name ‘אֵל שַׁדָּי’ is the holy name for the sefira of Yessod. It is translated here as ‘God Almighty’. ‘אל’ is the

Holy name for Chessed and ‘שַׁדָּי’ is for Yessod. Since Yessod includes all the sefirot above it we also use ‘אֵל שַׁדָּי’ for Yessod.

The Zohar explains that the first part of the verse “And God (אלהים) spoke to Moses” is expressed from the Shechina but couldn’t complete the verse because she is in exile and disconnected from YHVH. The voice that is Zeir Anpin continued to tell Moses ‘I am YHVH’.

Exodus 6:3
“וָאֵרָא אֶל אַבְרָהָם אֶל יִצְחָק וְאֶל יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי וּשְׁמִי יְהוָה לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם.”
“and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty (אֵל שַׁדָּי), but by My name, YHVH, I did not make Myself known to them.”

YHVH is telling Moses that he appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the level of Yessod and now he appears to him as Zeir Anpin
The letter Vav ‘ו’ translates to ‘and’ and the verse uses ‘and Jacob’ tell us that Jacob represents the Center column, Tiferet. It is the complete state of the Right, Abraham, and Left, Isaac. For that reason, Jacob is considered to be the most significant of the patriarchs.

The entire existence is expressions of the Light of the Endless. The highest level is beyond name and praises because when we praise something we describe different aspects of it and words have limitations. In Psalms 65:2 we read “לְךָ דֻמִיָּה תְהִלָּה”, “Silence is praise for you”. King David knew that no words can be qualified to praise the highest level of what appears to us in the lower levels as names of God.
Each of the names of God is a vessel that expresses different aspects of the endless light. Our individual names have the same aspects. A spark from the endless light is the soul in us. Because the soul is ‘dressed’ with a corporeal body the expression of the light within us is limited and strongly affected by the material existence.
The studies of the Torah increase the strength of the soul to ‘fight’ against the limiting forces of the material world.