Daily Zohar # 3330 – Acharei Mot – Don’t let two harlots rule over you
78. אֵין חֶשְׁבּוֹן לְאוֹתָם הַנֶּאֱחָזִים בְּשַׂעֲרוֹתֶיהָ, שְׁנֵי בָנִים יוֹנְקִים כָּל יוֹם, שֶׁנִּקְרָאִים מְרַגְּלֵי הָאָרֶץ, וְזֶהוּ סוֹד שֶׁל סִפְרָא דִצְנִיעוּתָא, שֶׁכָּתוּב (יהושע ב) וַיִּשְׁלַח יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן נוּן מִן הַשִּׁטִּים שְׁנַיִם אֲנָשִׁים מְרַגְּלִים חֶרֶשׁ לֵאמֹר. וְאֵלּוּ יוֹנְקִים מִתַּחַת צִדְדֵי אֵיבָרֶיהָ. שְׁתֵּי בָנוֹת תַּחַת רַגְלֶיהָ, (וְאֵלּוּ יוֹנְקִים מִצַּד אַבְרָהָם, שְׁתֵּי בָנוֹת בְּתַחְתֶּיהָ) וְעַל זֶה כָּתוּב (בראשית ו) וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם. וְאֵלּוּ נֶאֱחָזִים בַּעֲלֵי (בְּצִפָּרְנֵי) אוֹתָהּ מִטָּה, וְזֶהוּ שֶׁשָּׁנִינוּ, שֶׁכָּתוּב (מלכים-א ג) אָז תָּבֹאנָה שְׁתַּיִם נָשִׁים זֹנוֹת אֶל הַמֶּלֶךְ. אָז תָּבֹאנָה, וְלֹא מִקֹּדֶם לָכֵן. וּבִזְמַן שֶׁיִּשְׂרָאֵל לְמַטָּה, מַחֲזִירִים עֹרֶף מֵאַחַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, מַה כָּתוּב? (ישעיה ג) עַמִּי נֹגְשָׂיו מְעוֹלֵל וְנָשִׁים מָשְׁלוּ בוֹ. וַדַּאי.
79. בְּיַד שְׂמֹאל שִׁבְעִים עֲנָפִים שֶׁמְּגֻדָּלִים בֵּין דְּגֵי הַיָּם, כֻּלָּם אֲדֻמִּים כַּשּׁוֹשַׁנָּה, וּמֵעֲלֵיהֶם עָנָף אֶחָד יוֹתֵר אָדֹם, זֶה עוֹלֶה וְיוֹרֵד, וְכֻלָּם מִתְכַּסִּים בְּשַׂעֲרוֹתֶיהָ.
Zohar Acharei Mot
There are 1500 forces with shields by the side of the sixty mighty men. The angel Metat- holds four large keys In his hands. The four are the angels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. They are called large keys because they open and draw light from the upper levels to the lowers. The sea creatures move under the ship that is Malchut of the world of Beriah. This level is called the Big Sea, which is Binah. The ‘water’ from the ‘sea’ goes to four directions, south, north, east, and west. This is the secret of the sefirot of Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, and Malchut. The first three flow through the three columns to Malchut. They have the image of Lion, Ox, Eagle. Malchut that receives the three has the image of a human face.
Large face (מוחין דגדלות) is Light in its maturity that is complete presence in its vessel. Small face (מוחין דקטנות) is the Light in its minimal and limited state. They are included in Zeir Anpin and Malchut.
The Right and the Left lines connect to the upper sea that is Binah. With this connection, they prevent the other-side from drawing from the light of Chokmah that they bring down to the sea of the lower Malchut.
“וַיִּשְׁלַח יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בִּן נוּן מִן הַשִּׁטִּים שְׁנַיִם אֲנָשִׁים מְרַגְּלִים חֶרֶשׁ לֵאמֹר לְכוּ רְאוּ אֶת הָאָרֶץ וְאֶת יְרִיחוֹ וַיֵּלְכוּ וַיָּבֹאוּ בֵּית אִשָּׁה זוֹנָה וּשְׁמָהּ רָחָב וַיִּשְׁכְּבוּ שָׁמָּה.”
“Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.”
Two sons that are two spies suck the energy from under the two wings of Malchut. They represent Chessed and Gevurah of Malchut. Two daughters are two harlots found under the feet of Malchut. These are from the Holy side of Malchut and parallel to them, two sons and two daughters from the side of the Klipah that is behind Malchut.
When the Israelites turn behind the holiness, they connect to the Klipah as it says in Isaiah 3:12
“ עַמִּי נֹגְשָׂיו מְעוֹלֵל וְנָשִׁים מָשְׁלוּ בוֹ עַמִּי מְאַשְּׁרֶיךָ מַתְעִים וְדֶרֶךְ אֹרְחֹתֶיךָ בִּלֵּעוּ.”
“As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.”
From the Left hand that is the Left line of Malchut comes down 70 branches that are the 70 nations of the world. They represent levels of the Light of Chokmah on the Left. They are called fish in the sea of Malchut. They are red because they have judgments in them. Above them, there is a dark red branch that represents Sma-l. He is the minister of the other-side and brings with him harsh judgment. He is the one that ‘dressed’ himself as the Snake and seduced Adam to draw the Light of Chokmah down. This is the secret of the first sin that made the connection to the Tree of Knowledge Good and Bad. It brought judgments to Malchut and these judgments are called the hair of Malchut.
The ‘sons’ and other ’male’ symbols represent channels and light. Because we live under the control of the Tree of Knowledge Good and Bad, there are aspects of good and bad in everything that exists in this world. There are male channels from the Holy side and male channels form the negative side.
The ‘harlots’ are females that drain the energy from the channels and they have the negative/bad aspect.
The Zohar teaches us about many forms that the Light appears and or forms its presence in our world. The terms, analogies, parables, and different descriptions are confusing sometimes but just by reading and using the images as abstract symbols to show the way the Light is flowing down to this world we benefit greatly. It helps us a lot to understand that these kinds of studies open spiritual paths in our minds and expand our vessels even without full understanding.