89. כְּמוֹ זֶה יַעֲשֶׂה לְנַסּוֹת אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּגְּאֻלָּה הָאַחֲרוֹנָה, זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב (דניאל יב) יִתְבָּרְרוּ וְיִתְלַבְּנוּ וְיִצָּרְפוּ רַבִּים – שֶׁהֵם מִצַּד הַטּוֹב, וְעוֹמְדִים בַּנִּסָּיוֹן. וְהִרְשִׁיעוּ רְשָׁעִים – הֵם מִצַּד הָרָע, וְיִתְקַיֵּם בָּהֶם (יחזקאל יג) וְאֶל אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא יָבֹאוּ, וְהוֹרֵג אוֹתָם.
90. וְהַמַּשְׂכִּילִים יָבִינוּ – מִצַּד הַבִּינָה, שֶׁהוּא עֵץ הַחַיִּים, בִּגְלָלָם נֶאֱמַר (דניאל יב) וְהַמַּשְׂכִּלִים יַזְהִרוּ כְּזֹהַר הָרָקִיעַ, בְּחִבּוּר זֶה שֶׁלְּךָ, שֶׁהוּא סֵפֶר הַזֹּהַר, מִזֹּהַר הָאֵם הָעֶלְיוֹנָה תְּשׁוּבָה. בְּאֵלֶּה לֹא צָרִיךְ נִסָּיוֹן, וּמִשּׁוּם שֶׁעֲתִידִים יִשְׂרָאֵל לִטְעֹם מֵעֵץ הַחַיִּים, שֶׁהוּא סֵפֶר הַזֹּהַר הַזֶה, יֵצְאוּ בוֹ מֵהַגָּלוּת, וְיִתְקַיֵּם בָּהֶם (דברים לב) ה’ בָּדָד יַנְחֶנּוּ וְאֵין עִמּוֹ אֵל נֵכָר.
“וַיִּצְעַק אֶל יְהוָה וַיּוֹרֵהוּ יְהוָה עֵץ וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ אֶל הַמַּיִם וַיִּמְתְּקוּ הַמָּיִם שָׁם שָׂם לוֹ חֹק וּמִשְׁפָּט וְשָׁם נִסָּהוּ.”
“Then he cried out to YHVH, and YHVH showed him a tree, and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.”
The tree that was thrown into the water was bitter. It was like the test of the water that the priest gives to a woman that was suspected of being unfaithful to her husband. If the water turns bitter then it indicates that the woman lied to her husband and she becomes ill. If she was truthful then the water purifies her and she will give birth to a pure child.
It is similar to the tree that Moses threw into the water and they became sweet.
In the Final Redemption, the Israelites would go through a similar test as it says in Daniel 12:10 “יִתְבָּרֲרוּ וְיִתְלַבְּנוּ וְיִצָּרְפוּ רַבִּים וְהִרְשִׁיעוּ רְשָׁעִים וְלֹא יָבִינוּ כָּל רְשָׁעִים וְהַמַּשְׂכִּלִים יָבִינוּ.” “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.”
Those who will stay on the Right side will understand that they are being tested. If they accept the test and the cleansing process, they will become pure and will be saved.
The wicked that follow false leaders and messages from the other-side will fail the tests and lose the connection to the ‘Promised Land’.
“וְהָיְתָה יָדִי אֶל הַנְּבִיאִים הַחֹזִים שָׁוְא וְהַקֹּסְמִים כָּזָב בְּסוֹד עַמִּי לֹא יִהְיוּ וּבִכְתָב בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא יִכָּתֵבוּ וְאֶל אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא יָבֹאוּ וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי אֲנִי אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה.”
““My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am YHVH GOD.”
The word ‘Zohar’ means ‘Brightness’, and radiation of Light.
“וְהַמַּשְׂכִּלִים יַזְהִרוּ כְּזֹהַר הָרָקִיעַ וּמַצְדִּיקֵי הָרַבִּים כַּכּוֹכָבִים לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.”
“Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.”
The wise that is from the side of Binah, the Tree of Life, will shine like the brightness (Zohar) of the sky. This brightness would come to them from the study of the writings of Rabbi Shimon that is the book of the Zohar.
This Zohar, ‘Brightness’, comes from the supernal mother, Binah that is called Teshuva (repentance). The wise will not be tested because they have the ‘taste’ of the Tree of Life, that is the book of the Zohar. It will lead them out of exile.
Paragraph #90 is the most famous part of the Zohar because it is a declaration given to Rabbi Shimon by Moses.
Those who study the Zohar are the wise ones. They accept the tests of the days before the Final Redemption and are saved. Moses reveals that the Zohar has the connection/’Taste’ of the Tree of Life.
Proverbs 3:18 “She is (the Torah, study of the Zohar) a Tree of Life to those who lay hold of her; those who support her are called blessed.”
‘Those who support her’ are those who support channels of Light and go beyond the study and help in spreading its Light. They will have greater merit in the world to come. The secret of the words וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר,’those who support her are called blessed’ revealed when we rearrange the letters to ‘תומך מראש יה’. It means that the support comes from the upper levels of Chokmah (Wisdom), Binah(Understanding), and Da’at (Knowledge) and makes us ‘wise’.