109. הֲרֵי מְמֻנֶּה אַחֵר בָּא וְאָמַר לָהֶם, חֲבֵרִים, רַבִּי אִילָאִי שְׁלָחַנִי אֲלֵיכֶם, חַכּוּ לִי כָּאן עַל פִּי הַמְּעָרָה, וְהוּא יָבֹא וְיוֹדִיעַ לָכֶם דְּבָרִים עֶלְיוֹנִים שֶׁלֹּא יְדַעְתֶּם. שֶׁהוּא תָּבַע מִתּוֹךְ הַיְשִׁיבָה שֶׁיִּהְיֶה לוֹ רְשׁוּת לְגַלּוֹת לָכֶם דְּבָרִים. יָצְאוּ אִתּוֹ וְחִכּוּ עַל פִּי הַמְּעָרָה, וְהָיוּ מַחֲזִירִים דְּבָרִים זֶה לָזֶה מִכָּל מַה שֶּׁרָאוּ וְלָמְדוּ שָׁם.
110. בֵּין כָּךְ הֲרֵי רַבִּי אִילָאִי בָּא מֵאִיר כַּשֶּׁמֶשׁ. אָמַר לוֹ, תּוֹרָה חֲדָשָׁה שָׁמַעְתָּ? אָמַר לָהֶם, בְּוַדַּאי! וְנָתְנוּ לִי רְשׁוּת לוֹמַר לָכֶם דְּבָרִים. הִתְחַבְּרוּ כְאֶחָד עַל פִּי הַמְּעָרָה וְיָשְׁבוּ. אָמַר לָהֶם, צַדִּיקִים אַתֶּם, שֶׁרִבּוֹנְכֶם הֶרְאָה לָכֶם כְּמוֹ הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא, וַהֲרֵי אֵין לָכֶם פַּחַד וְאֵימָה. אָמְרוּ, וַדַּאי הֲרֵי נִשְׁכַּח מֵאִתָּנוּ דֶּרֶךְ בְּנֵי אָדָם, וּתְמִיהָה הִיא עַל כָּל מַה שֶּׁרָאִינוּ בָהָר הַזֶּה.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
After they heard the two secrets, the youths rushed them out saying that they have no permission to hear more. One of them took out an apple and gave them to smell before going out. They remembered every detail of what they saw.
Another ‘appointed’ came and told them that he was sent by Rabbi Ilai. He asked them to stay by the opening of the cave and wait for Rabbi Ilai to come and reveal secrets that they never knew. He asked permission from the supernal Yeshiva to reveal secrets to them.
While they were waiting they discussed what they just saw and learned.
Rabbi Ilai came and was shining bright like the sun. They asked him for new Torah studies and he said that he received permission to reveal that to them.
They sat by the cave and Rabbi Ilai praised them for being Tzadikim and that the Holy One Blessed be He shows them what is like the world, and they have no fear.
They said that they must have forgotten the ways of man on earth and everything they saw on this mountain wonders for them.
The rabbis of the Zohar could make elevations to higher spiritual levels. They could meet with righteous souls and enter Yeshivas where Torah scholars continue revealing secrets on higher levels.
We have the soul level of Nefesh that keeps us alive in this world. We can achieve the levels of Ruach and Neshamah as we grow spiritually. There are two more levels of Chaya and Yechida that are beyond this world
The Torah has many layers and even in the Garden of Eden, there are Yeshivas of great souls that continue teaching the Torah on levels beyond our ability to understand in this world, or while in the body.
Those who study the Zohar and have merits will be able to join these Yeshivas. The rewards described in this study as fragrances. The Rabbis had the roses with them when they ascended and could gain access to more secrets, then they had permission to enter a different Yeshiva with greater secrets and they could enjoy the scent of Apples.
Why the sense of smell?
God ‘pushed’ the soul of Adam into his body through his nostrils. (Genesis 2:7) “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”. The sense of smell was not part of the first sin and it is purer than the other senses. The Torah tells us many times that the scent of the sacrifices and Ketoret please YHVH.
Leviticus 1:9 “an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to YHVH”
It tells us that the ‘aroma’ is a higher connection to the spiritual levels.
When Mashiach comes he will evaluate the merits of people by their scent.
“וַהֲרִיחוֹ, בְּיִרְאַת יְהוָה; וְלֹא-לְמַרְאֵה עֵינָיו יִשְׁפּוֹט, וְלֹא-לְמִשְׁמַע אָזְנָיו יוֹכִיחַ”
“And He will smell the fear (Awe) of YHVH, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;”
Those who won’t have the special pure scent won’t have merits for the Resurrection and the immortal state at the time when Mashiach rules the world.