Daily Zohar # 3372 – Shelach – How to bend now and rise later
106. אָמְרוּ אוֹתָם שְׁנֵי עֲלָמִים, סִימָן יֵשׁ בָּכֶם? אָמְרוּ, הֵן. הוֹצִיאוּ שְׁנֵי שׁוֹשַׁנִּים וְהֵרִיחוּ בָהֶם. אָמְרוּ, שְׁבוּ עַד שֶׁתִּשְׁמְעוּ שְׁנֵי דְבָרִים בְּסוֹדוֹת עַתִּיקִים מִתּוֹךְ רָאשֵׁי הַיְשִׁיבָה, וְיִהְיוּ תָמִיד בְּסוֹד בְּתוֹכֲכֶם. אָמְרוּ, הֵן.
107. אָמַר רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, כָּל הַדְּבָרִים הַלָּלוּ וְכָל מַה שֶּׁרָאוּ, כָּתְבוּ. וּכְשֶׁהִגִּיעוּ לְכָאן, הָיָה כָּתוּב (תהלים לט) אֶשְׁמְרָה דְרָכַי מֵחֲטוֹא בִלְשׁוֹנִי. וַאֲנִי שָׁאַלְתִּי לַאֲבִי אַבָּא, כַּמָּה הָיוּ אוֹתָם שְׁנֵי דְבָרִים? וְאָמַר לִי, חַיֶּיךָ בְּנִי, אוֹתָם שְׁנֵי דְבָרִים בָּנוּ עוֹלָמוֹת וְהֶחֱרִיבוּ עוֹלָמוֹת מִי שֶׁהִשְׁתַּמֵּשׁ בָּהֶם.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
They heard a voice saying “Betzalel is the fourth for the supernal Lights, Joseph is the fourth in the lights from Adam. Whoever gazes and looks and looks, will be blind. Whoever doesn’t, his eyes will open to see. A tree of 18 when bends itself, will rise and stand. If not, a Snake would consume him. Wherever brings in two Cherubs, his wish will be fulfilled.
The two youths asked for a sign from the Rabbis and like before, they took out their roses and smelled them. Then the youths offered them to sit and study with them two deep secrets from the leaders of the Yeshiva but they should keep the secret with them forever. They agreed.
Rabbi Shimon said, everything they saw, they wrote, and when they came here, they kept the secrets as it says in Psalms 39:2 “אָמַרְתִּי אֶשְׁמְרָה דְרָכַי מֵחֲטוֹא בִלְשׁוֹנִי אֶשְׁמְרָה לְפִי מַחְסוֹם בְּעֹד רָשָׁע לְנֶגְדִּי.” “I said, “I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.””
He asked his father about the weight of the two secrets and was answered that these two have built worlds and destroyed worlds for whoever used them.
These Zohar paragraphs are hard to understand but the explanations come later in the Zohar from Paragraph 127 through #232. Every word and symbol has great and wide meanings. To make the study a little sweeter for you, I’ll ‘borough’ a little from the ‘future’ and explain that the fourth is the aspect of Yessod and Malchut. The fourth is the point where the Light is gathered from the three lines of the Tree of Life. Betzalel and Joseph had the level of the ‘fourth’.
We were created in the image of the Tree of Life. the human spine has 18 main links. When a person bends his back with humility to God, he gets the merits to stand at the time of the Resurrection.
The Torah conceals the secrets of Creation. Some deep secrets have the power to create and destroy. Rabbi Shimon, the Holy Ari, and many great kabbalists had the power to bend and control the forces in this world. We may not achieve their level but when we study the secret of the Torah from the Zohar we get closer to these powers and our lives become better. When we get resurrected, all negativity will be removed from the world and we will feel the power of the Torah in our lives. Destroying worlds would be out of our consciousness but we will be able to build worlds.