Daily Zohar 3279
91. כְּשֶׁבָּא הַבֹּקֶר וְהַצִּבּוּר נִמְצָאִים בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת, צְרִיכִים לְהִמָּצֵא בְּשִׁירוֹת וְתִשְׁבָּחוֹת שֶׁל דָּוִד. וַהֲרֵי בֵּאַרְנוּ, שֶׁסִּדּוּר הוּא לְעוֹרֵר אַהֲבָה לְמַעְלָה וּלְמַטָּה, לְתַקֵּן תִּקּוּנִים וּלְעוֹרֵר שִׂמְחָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי בִּשְׁבִיל זֶה הַלְוִיִּם מִתְעוֹרְרִים לְעוֹרֵר אַהֲבָה וְשִׂמְחָה לְמַעְלָה בְּאוֹתָם שִׁירוֹת וְתִשְׁבָּחוֹת.
92. וּמִי שֶׁמְּדַבֵּר בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת בְּדִבְרֵי חֹל – אוֹי לוֹ! שֶׁמַּרְאֶה פֵרוּד. אוֹי לוֹ! שֶׁגּוֹרֵעַ אֶת הָאֱמוּנָה. אוֹי לוֹ! שֶׁאֵין חֵלֶק בֵּאלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. שֶׁמַּרְאֶה שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵין (לוֹ) אֱלוֹהַּ וְאֵינוֹ נִמְצָא שָׁם (וְאֵין לוֹ חֵלֶק בּוֹ) וְלֹא פוֹחֵד מִמֶּנּוּ, וּמַנְהִיג קָלוֹן בַּתִּקּוּן (בַּחֹזֶק) הָעֶלְיוֹן שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה.
“מִי בָכֶם יְרֵא יְהוָה שֹׁמֵעַ בְּקוֹל עַבְדּוֹ אֲשֶׁר הָלַךְ חֲשֵׁכִים וְאֵין נֹגַהּ לוֹ יִבְטַח בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה וְיִשָּׁעֵן בֵּאלֹהָיו.”
“Who among you fears YHVH? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of YHVH And rely upon his God.”
‘His servant’ is the angel Metat- that calls us every day to make our prayers, so he can elevate us through the spiritual levels.
The Holy One Blessed be He asks; who among the people with awe to him, obey the voice of His angel, Metat-, and come to the house of prayers. Those who obey and come first elevate to the level of Tzadik.
When the morning comes, the congregation starts their prayers by praising God from the songs of David, Psalms.
The prayers were arranged to start with praises to awaken the love above and below and establish corrections and foundations to be able to climb the spiritual levels that follow in the prayer process.
For the same reasons, the Levites were singing in the Holy Temple to activate love and happiness in the upper levels.
The congregation’s house of prayers is made to be a place that accepts the Light form Binah by connecting to the Shechina. Those who speak mundane words during the prayers show disrespect and lack of faith. They ignore the presence of Holy One Blessed be He and create separation between the upper and lower.
There is no direct command in the Torah that commands us to pray, except for studying the Torah and wearing Tzitzit and Tefillin as the Torah commanded. The verse below implies service and prayers but not specifically.
“ וַעֲבַדְתֶּם, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, וּבֵרַךְ אֶת-לַחְמְךָ, וְאֶת-מֵימֶיךָ; וַהֲסִרֹתִי מַחֲלָה, מִקִּרְבֶּךָ”
“So you shall serve YHVH your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
During the time of the Holy Temple, there were no books of prayers. The services of the priests making daily sacrifices and the Red Heifer were sufficient to purify the world and allow the continuation of light to the world.
After the destruction of the Holy Temple, we lost the direct connection to the Light through the work of the priests and we had to find a way to draw the Light. The prophets arranged the prayers according to the times of day as a replacement to the sacrifices that were done in the Holy Temple. We read that from the words of the prophet Hosea; “we will offer the sacrifices of our lips”.
“קְחוּ עִמָּכֶם דְּבָרִים וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל יְהוָה אִמְרוּ אֵלָיו כָּל תִּשָּׂא עָוֹן וְקַח טוֹב וּנְשַׁלְּמָה פָרִים שְׂפָתֵינוּ.”
“Take words with you, And return to YHVH. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.”