99. חסר תרגום
100. אֵלֶּה מוֹעֲדֵי ה’ מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם בְּמוֹעֲדָם. רַבִּי יִצְחָק פָּתַח, (תהלים כז) לְךָ אָמַר לִבִּי בַּקְּשׁוּ פָנָי אֶת פָּנֶיךָ ה’ אֲבַקֵּשׁ. אֶת הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה בֵּאֲרוּ הַחֲבֵרִים בְּכַמָּה מְקוֹמוֹת, אֲבָל הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה כָּךְ נֶאֱמַר, לְךָ אָמַר לִבִּי, דָּוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ אָמַר אֶת זֶה בִּשְׁבִיל כְּנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל כְּנֶגֶד הַמֶּלֶךְ הַקָּדוֹשׁ. וּמָה אָמַר? לְךָ אָמַר לִבִּי, בִּשְׁבִילְךָ אָמַר לִבִּי לִבְנֵי הָעוֹלָם, וְהִזְהִיר אוֹתָם לִבִּי, שֶׁהוּא אָחוּז בּוֹ, שֶׁאֶת זֶה בִּשְׁבִיל הַמֶּלֶךְ הָעֶלְיוֹן הוּא אָמַר. בַּקְּשׁוּ פָנָי, אֵלּוּ עַטְרוֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ שֶׁהוּא אָחוּז בָּהֶן, וְהֵם בּוֹ. הֵם שְׁמוֹ, וְהוּא וּשְׁמוֹ דָּבָר אֶחָד הוּא. מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אָמַר דָּוִד, אֶת פָּנֶיךָ ה’ אֲבַקֵּשׁ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (שם קה) דִּרְשׁוּ ה’ וְעֻזּוֹ בַּקְּשׁוּ פָנָיו תָּמִיד.
Happy Lag B’Omer.
If you didn’t light a candle for Rabbi Shimon then do it before the end of the day (Tuesday, May 12th, 2020), and read Zohar for his honor.
Giving Tzedaka for the honor of Tzadikim especially on their day of Hilulah always support personal prayers.
2 Samuel 7:23
“וּמִי כְעַמְּךָ כְּיִשְׂרָאֵל גּוֹי אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר הָלְכוּ אֱלֹהִים לִפְדּוֹת לוֹ לְעָם וְלָשׂוּם לוֹ שֵׁם וְלַעֲשׂוֹת לָכֶם הַגְּדוּלָּה וְנֹרָאוֹת לְאַרְצֶךָ מִפְּנֵי עַמְּךָ אֲשֶׁר פָּדִיתָ לְּךָ מִמִּצְרַיִם גּוֹיִם וֵאלֹהָיו.”
“And who is like Your people, like Israel, the ONE nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?”
The Israelites are called ‘One Nation’ when they are connected to the Holy Land and the Holy City, Jerusalem. This is the same way Zeir Anpin is called one when in unification with Malchut.
Rabbi Ashlag refers us to the study in the Zohar portion of Vaera #198 – #206. Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Chiya were walking together, remembering a study by Rabbi Shimon that made them cry.
Sarah was barren and after she was menopause, she gave Abraham her maid, Hagar, to have a child from her. Ishmael was born and was circumcised.
Even though Sarah delivered a child from a holy seed and vessel, Ishmael earned merits for being a child of Abraham and for having a circumcision. It made him part of the covenant that God made with Abraham. Isaac was born after the covenant was made. For these merits, God gave Ishmael and his descendent a claim in the Holy Land until the Israelites return to their rightful place and establish a unification with the Land and Jerusalem.
“לְךָ אָמַר לִבִּי בַּקְּשׁוּ פָנָי אֶת פָּנֶיךָ יְהוָה אֲבַקֵּשׁ.”
“When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, YHVH, I will seek.””
King David expresses his desire to connect his ‘Heart’ that comes from Malchut ‘to You’, which is Zeir Anpin. He wanted to establish a ‘Face to Face’ unification to have a complete connection to YHVH.
Rabbi Chiyah and Rabbi Yossi cried because they saw that the return of the Israelites to the Holy Land and Jerusalem would be delayed because Sarah gave up on having a child. We cannot blame her for that because she was barren and in menopause. Because of her selfless action, Ishmael was born and caused a barrier between the Israelites and the Holy Land and Jerusalem.
The Zohar (Vaera #204) says that the children of Ishmael will cause wars in the world. The west will try to stop them and will have one war on land, one war on sea, and one near Jerusalem.
In the end, the force of Israel will prevail because God will come to remove evil from the entire world.
The practical lesson for us is to avoid actions and anything that would push us away from a pure connection to Zeir Anpin that is the Torah and the source of Light and blessings in our lives.
Today is Lag L’Omer*
We give honor and thanks to Rabbi Shimon for the Zohar that gives Light to the world. The Daily Zohar exists because of Rabbi Shimon and I am happy that so many thousands around the world can have free access to a daily study of the Zohar.
I am especially joyous today for the merit I was given to share with you my Zohar studies. The Daily Zohar started on Lag B’Omer night 11 years ago when I posted Daily Zohar #1 and now we are 3340 studies later. B”H, Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Ashlag of blessed memory, your participation, prayers, and support, we will continue until we finish the entire study of the Zohar.
In honor of this day, I published the Zohar portion of Behar with the Daily Zohar commentary. It’s only a draft copy and B”H we will edit and make it the best we can, and do the same for all Zohar portions.
Some recommend using “Lag L’Omer” and not “B’Omer” because in the actual counting of the Omer we use Lag L’Omer”, which means the 33rd day of the Omer.