Daily Zohar # 3385 – Balak – Give the bird a good home
215. וְיָמִים רְשׁוּמִים יֵשׁ בְּשָׁנָה, וְהֵם יְמֵי נִיסָן וִימֵי תִּשְׁרֵי, שֶׁאוֹתָן רוּחוֹת מְשׁוֹטְטוֹת וּפוֹקְדוֹת מָקוֹם שֶׁצָּרִיךְ. וְאַף עַל גַּב שֶׁפְּעָמִים רַבּוֹת מְשׁוֹטְטוֹת, אֲבָל יָמִים אֵלּוּ רְשׁוּמִים הֵם וְנִרְאִים עַל גַּבֵּי חוֹמוֹת הַגִּנָּה, כָּל אַחַת וְאַחַת כְּמַרְאֵה צִפֳּרִים מְצַפְצְפוֹת בְּכָל בֹּקֶר וּבֹקֶר.
216. וְאוֹתוֹ צִפְצוּף שֶׁבַח הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, וּתְפִלָּה עַל חַיֵּי בְּנֵי אָדָם שֶׁל הָעוֹלָם. מִשּׁוּם שֶׁאוֹתָם יָמִים כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל מִתְעַסְּקִים בְּמִצְווֹת, וּבְמִצְווֹת רִבּוֹן הָעוֹלָם. וְאָז בְּשִׂמְחָה נִרְאוֹת צִפֳּרִים מְצַפְצְפוֹת, וְעַל גַּבֵּי הַחוֹמוֹת שֶׁל גַּן עֵדֶן מְצַפְצְפוֹת מְשַׁבְּחוֹת וּמוֹדוֹת וּמִתְפַּלְלוֹת עַל חַיֵּי הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה.
There are three walls around the Garden of Eden. Between each wall, there are souls that don’t have the merits to go inside but they can wander around and enjoy the scent of the Tzadikim that comes from inside the walls.
The pleasures of the Tzadikim inside the Garden is described as ‘Nor has the eye seen any God besides You’.
“וּמֵעוֹלָם לֹא שָׁמְעוּ לֹא הֶאֱזִינוּ עַיִן לֹא רָאָתָה אֱלֹהִים זוּלָתְךָ יַעֲשֶׂה לִמְחַכֵּה לוֹ.”
“For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
There are designated days in the year, which are during the months of Nisan and Tishrei when the souls between the walls, can go up on the walls and chirp like birds every morning.
The birds chirping is a praise to the Holy One Blessed be He and pray for the people of this world that are busy with following the precepts of the holidays and the commands of their master. The birds chirp with happiness to praise and pray for the life of this world.
Nisan is the beginning of the year and starts six months with male aspects. In the month of Nisan, we celebrate the holiday of Pesach for 7 days. It’s a major holiday with a lot of preparation and has a significant spiritual impact. On the last day of the holiday we do ‘Yizkor’, literally means ‘Will remember’. It is a short special prayer that asks God to remember the souls of family members that passed away. We give Tzedakah on their behalf so the ‘remembrance’ will give their elevations in the many levels in the Garden of Eden.
In Tishrei, we start six months with female aspects. We celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot and on the last day of the holidays, we celebrate ‘Simchat Torah’ and also make the connection of ‘Yizkor’ for the souls.
Doing the Yizkor at the end of the holiday gives it significance because all the work that we did up to that point is standing as testimony to our good deeds and supporting the souls of loved ones that passed away. When we remember them, they remember us and pray for us.
We do Yizkor also on Yom Kippur and Shavuot.
How to give the bird stronger wings?
Our actions in this world have a great impact on the souls that passed away. When we remember them while doing positive actions they have elevations. On the other hand, if we do something bad, it can lower them because they are connected to our correction process.
People with money leave their material ‘energy’ in this world. It can be transformed into good actions in this world but they can not use it above. The value that can be carried to the next world is the outcome of how it was used. If this energy is wasted or used by the family for impure businesses and actions, the departed soul is ‘punished’ because they didn’t use it well. The wealth we receive is a gift from God and if it doesn’t continue to do good in this world, it is a waste of what we received as gifts.
It’s better to share the money with the family before leaving this world as business deals to disconnect from its use and or make a contract of its use in the future.
The first order in a will should be one that covers the expenses for proper burial process with a rabbi that can make a proper connection and help to remove the judgments that inflicted on the dead in the grave. The family should make sure someone to say Kadish for the first year. Leave money for Tzedakah to give every day during the first seven days, then monthly Tzedaka as much as possible. In general, it is better to write a will that leaves the money to support life and continuation of good action. For example, if one donates a Torah scroll to a synagogue, each time they read from the Torah, he earns rewards above. Donating study books of Torah and Zohar with dedication is another good idea for long time benefits. Anything that benefits others for a long time is good for souls. Doing for the souls of family members that passed away help them and those who do the actions for them.