Daily Zohar 3284
81. שָׂמַח רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, אָמַר, נֵשֵׁב, בְּוַדַּאי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא שָׁלַח אוֹתְךָ אֵלֵינוּ. אָמַר לוֹ, חַיֶּיךָ שֶׁנִּשְׁמַע דָּבָר מִפִּיךָ, מֵאֵלּוּ הַדְּבָרִים הַחֲדָשִׁים עַתִּיקִים שֶׁנְּטַעְתֶּם שָׁם בַּמִּדְבָּר מֵחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי הַזֶּה, וּמַדּוּעַ נִפְרַדְתֶּם עַתָּה מֵהַמִּדְבָּר לָבֹא לְיִשּׁוּב? אָמַר לוֹ אוֹתוֹ הַזָּקֵן, בִּשְׁאֵלָה זוֹ יָדַעְתִּי שֶׁחָכְמָה אֶצְלְךָ וּדְבָרֶיךָ מַגִּיעִים לִרְקִיעֵי הַחָכְמָה (נוֹטִים לִתְקִיעַת הַחָכְמָה).
Rabbi Shimon and his son, Rabbi Elazar were walking with Rabbi Aba and Rabbi Yossi. On their way, they saw an old person holding a child in his hand.
After seeing this elder, Rabbi Shimon told Rabbi Aba, it is certain that we can learn new things from this elder.
When Rabbi Shimon came closer to this man, he told him, “I see that you carry weight on your back, who are you?”, “I am Jewish” replied the elder.
Rabbi Shimon continued asking him to the place he comes from and the elder replied that he used to live with people that retired to the desert and study Torah with them. Now he came to the city to be closer to the Holy One Blessed be He during the days of the seventh month.
Rabbi Shimon was happy and asked the elder to sit with them and share words of Torah because he is certain that the Holy One Blessed be He sent him to them.
Rabbi Shimon asked the elder to tell about the wisdom they revealed in the desert on the seventh month and why he chose to leave the desert and come to the city.
The elder said that from the questions he can tell that Rabbi Shimon’s wisdom is from the highest level.
The elder’s teachings continue in the following studies and from these Zohar paragraphs, we can learn a few important things.
Rabbi Ashlag explains that the elder is the aspect of inner Light and the child is the vessel that reveals that light.
Rabbi Shimon saw that an asked “Who are you”, the elder answered that he is Jewish. It’s not a common answer to such a question but the elder understood that Rabbi Shimon wanted to get to know his soul and that is why he answered shortly “I am Jewish” to tell that his soul is connected to the Torah.
The desert is the place of the other side and the ‘weight’ that the elder was carrying is the aspect of negativity that can be cleared on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that is on the seventh month.
Being alone is the aspect of dwelling in the desert where the negative side can have a stronger influence on us. When we are with other people connected to the Torah, we create a stronger force against the other-side, especially when praying together on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.