Daily Zohar 3277
87. וְאָז הָעָם הַקָּדוֹשׁ רוֹצִים לְהִתְחַבֵּר וּלְהִכָּנֵס לְבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת, וְכָל מִי שֶׁמַּקְדִּים בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, מִתְחַבֵּר עִם הַשְּׁכִינָה בְּחִבּוּר אֶחָד. בֹּא וּרְאֵה, אוֹתוֹ רִאשׁוֹן שֶׁנִּמְצָא בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת (וּמַאֲרִיךְ בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת) – אַשְׁרֵי חֶלְקוֹ, שֶׁהוּא עוֹמֵד בְּדַרְגַּת צַדִּיק עִם הַשְּׁכִינָה. וְזֶהוּ סוֹד (משלי ח) וּמְשַׁחֲרַי יִמְצָאֻנְנִי. זֶה עוֹלֶה בְּמַעֲלָה עֶלְיוֹנָה. וְאִם תֹּאמַר, הֲרֵי שָׁנִינוּ, בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא בָּא לְבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת וְלֹא מוֹצֵא שָׁם עֲשָׂרָה, מִיָּד כּוֹעֵס. וְאַתָּה אָמַרְתָּ, שֶׁאוֹתוֹ אֶחָד שֶׁמַּקְדִּים, מִתְחַבֵּר בַּשְּׁכִינָה וְעוֹמֵד בְּדַרְגַּת צַדִּיק?!
Continued from previous DZ
The Israelites are blessed because the Holy One Blessed be He invites their morning prayers like a father inviting his children to come to him so he can bestow from his love and kindness upon them.
The first man that accepts the invitation to come to the synagogue and pray, connects strongly to the Shechina. He stands as a Tzadik in front of her as the verse below reveals this secret.
“אֲנִי אהביה [אֹהֲבַי] אֵהָב וּמְשַׁחֲרַי יִמְצָאֻנְנִי׃”
“I love those who love me, And those who seek me early will find me.”
The Zohar mentions Rabbi Yoḥanan in the Talmud that said: When the Holy One, Blessed be He, enters a synagogue and does not find ten people there, He immediately becomes angry, as it is stated: Isaiah 50:2
“מַדּוּעַ בָּאתִי וְאֵין אִישׁ קָרָאתִי וְאֵין עוֹנֶה”
“Why, when I came, was no one there, Why, when I called, would none respond? ”
It is like a king that invites the people of a city to come on a specific time and place to meet with him. One person came early to the meeting place. The king came and asked, where are the people of the city and that person replied that he is early and the rest are getting ready and will come soon as the king ordered.
The king was pleased with him and they had conversations together. They became closer with love to each other. In the meantime the other people came and the king was satisfied. He then sent them in peace.
If there was no one early to welcome the king, he would have become angry and that explains Rabbi Yohanan’s statement above.
Prayers are important spiritual communications between us and YHVH. He expects and welcomes our prayers that are like proper vessels for the Light that he is ready to give us. The morning prayers are the most important because the Light of this connection impacts the whole day.
Those who pray regularly know the best times for prayers.
It’s better to start the prayer before sunrise and plan to get to the silent prayer, Amida, exactly when the first ray of the sun appears in the Horizon. The Light of Chassadim of the morning is the best nourishment for our souls.
The afternoon prayer is also important and it was made to protect us from judgment forces that increase their presence after midday. Friday afternoon is different because, after midday, the light of Shabbat increases and the judgments are pushed away.
The night prayer is for protection from the night forces and unifies us with YHVH with the Shema Israel prayer. For those who are too busy or have difficulties to make the entire night prayer, they can do just the complete Shema Israel before going to sleep.
Link to study the Shema Israel prayer:
Link to download recordings of several sacred texts to add to after the morning prayers.