Daily Zohar # 3260 – Beshalach – The most important wheel
106. וּבְאוֹתוֹ זְמַן הַשַּׁלִּיט שֶׁל מִצְרַיִם שָׁלַט עַל כָּל שְׁאָר הָעַמִּים. כֵּיוָן שֶׁהָעֳבַר כֹּחַ מִצְרַיִם, נִשְׁבַּר כֹּחַ שְׁאָר הָעַמִּים. מִנַּיִן לָנוּ? שֶׁכָּתוּב אָז נִבְהֲלוּ אַלּוּפֵי אֱדוֹם וְגוֹ’, וְכָתוּב שָׁמְעוּ עַמִּים יִרְגָּזוּן וְגוֹ’. מִשּׁוּם שֶׁכֻּלָּם הָיוּ אֲחוּזִים בַּפֻּלְחָן שֶׁל הַמִּצְרִים, וַאֲחוּזִים בְּמִצְרַיִם לַסִּיּוּעַ שֶׁלָּהֶם. וּבְאוֹתוֹ זְמַן כֻּלָּם בִּקְשׁוּ אֶת הַסִּיּוּעַ שֶׁל מִצְרַיִם לְהִתְחַזֵּק. וְעַל זֶה, כֵּיוָן שֶׁשָּׁמְעוּ אֶת הַגְּבוּרוֹת שֶׁעָשָׂה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא בְּמִצְרַיִם, רָפוּ יְדֵיהֶם וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לַעֲמֹד, וְכֻלָּם הִזְדַּעְזְעוּ וְנִשְׁבְּרוּ מִשִּׁלְטוֹנָם.
Rabbi Shimon explains that the supernal minister of the Egyptians was leading them in the chase after the Israelites. The verse below describes in a singular form that God removed the ‘wheel’ from his ‘chariot’ and it was difficult for him to ‘drive’.
“וַיָּסַר אֵת אֹפַן מַרְכְּבֹתָיו וַיְנַהֲגֵהוּ בִּכְבֵדֻת וַיֹּאמֶר מִצְרַיִם אָנוּסָה מִפְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי יְהוָה נִלְחָם לָהֶם בְּמִצְרָיִם.”
“And He took off his chariots wheel so that he drove with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for YHVH fights for them against Egypt.”
We learned previously that the ‘wheels’ are the forces that drive everything in this world. The minister of Egypt was the ‘chariot’ for the forces that drove the lower chariots of the Egyptians. When YHVH removed the first wheel from the control of their minister, the light stopped from flowing to the Egyptians and they couldn’t move. They realized that God is fighting for the Israelites and wanted to flee to safety. It was too late for them because they were already inside the sea and the walls of water from their right and left collapsed and they drowned.
“אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הִנְנִי פוֹקֵד אֶל אָמוֹן מִנֹּא וְעַל פַּרְעֹה וְעַל מִצְרַיִם וְעַל אֱלֹהֶיהָ וְעַל מְלָכֶיהָ וְעַל פַּרְעֹה וְעַל הַבֹּטְחִים בּוֹ.”
“The YHVH of hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I am going to punish Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh, and Egypt along with her gods and her kings, even Pharaoh and those who trust in him.”
God has full control over all the ministers of the nations of the world. We read below that all the levels below the ministers are affected as it says above “and Egypt, her kings, even Pharaoh and those who trust in him”. We notice that after ‘Egypt’ (the Minister of Egypt) it says ‘her kings’ (all rulers under Egypt), then ‘even Pharaoh (the ruler of the Egyptians in the lower level of Malchut).
“אָז נִבְהֲלוּ אַלּוּפֵי אֱדוֹם אֵילֵי מוֹאָב יֹאחֲזֵמוֹ רָעַד נָמֹגוּ כֹּל יֹשְׁבֵי כְנָעַן.”
“Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed; The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them; All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.”
At that time, Egypt, the kingdom, was in control of all the other nations. Since the force of Egypt, the Minister, was broken by the sea, the other nations of the world that were dependent on the support of Egypt, shook and fell from their control.
The Israelites don’t have a ‘minister’ because they are connected directly to YHVH as his children. (Deuteronomy 14:1) “You are the children of YHVH your God”. Because wheel number one is always running, all we need is to engage our own wheels with it to continue the ‘movement’ of Light from above to below. That ‘engagement’ gives us a power of protection and no other force can stop us, the Israelites.
Jacob, who is the father of the children of Israel was blessed (Genesis 27:29) “אֹרְרֶיךָ אָרוּר וּמְבָרֲכֶיךָ בָּרוּךְ.” “Cursed be those who curse you And blessed be those who bless you”.
Those who bless the Israelites make a connection to the wheel that is always running and brings out blessings. Those who go against the Israelites experience judgments from the darkness they put themselves into by disconnecting from the Light source.
Even though we are the children of the King we must not forget that our purpose is to bring Light to all nations of the world. We should also follow the essence of the Torah teaching, which is to love everyone as we love ourselves.