Daily Zohar # 3387 – Balak – Your two altars
221. פָּתַח כְּמִקֹּדֶם רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר וְאָמַר, גַּם צִפּוֹר מָצְאָה בַיִת – זֶה יִתְרוֹ. וּדְרוֹר קֵן לָהּ – זֶה בָּנָיו שֶׁהָיוּ בְּלִשְׁכַּת הַגָּזִית מְלַמְּדִים תּוֹרָה וְחוֹתְכִים דִּבְרֵי תוֹרָה בְּפִיהֶם. מַה זֶּה מָצְאָה בַיִת? אֶלָּא בַּהַתְחָלָה לָקְחוּ וְחָנוּ בַמִּדְבָּר, לָקְחוּ מֵעֹנֶג מִדְיָן וּמֵהַמְּתִיקוּת שֶׁשָּׁם וְחָנוּ בַמִּדְבָּר. כֵּיוָן שֶׁרָאָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא שֶׁכִּסּוּפָם הָיָה עַל הַתּוֹרָה, מָשַׁךְ אוֹתָם מִשָּׁם וְהִכְנִיסָם לְלִשְׁכַּת הַגָּזִית. וּדְרוֹר קֵן לָהּ – הַכֹּל אֶחָד. צִפּוֹר דְּרוֹר הַכֹּל הוּא אֶחָד. (שופטים ד) חֶבֶר הַקֵּינִי. (שמואל-א טו) וַיֹּאמֶר שָׁאוּל אֶל הַקֵּינִי וְגוֹ’.
“גַּם צִפּוֹר מָצְאָה בַיִת וּדְרוֹר קֵן לָהּ אֲשֶׁר שָׁתָה אֶפְרֹחֶיהָ אֶת מִזְבְּחוֹתֶיךָ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת מַלְכִּי וֵאלֹהָי.”
“Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young— Even Your altars, O YHVH of hosts, My King and my God.”
“Where she (the bird) may lay her young” is a reference to the righteous people that have children with holy souls connected to the written and oral Torah in this world. The study of writer and oral Torah is considered as ‘altars’ for the Holy King.
The merits of the children protect and elevate the parents in the Garden of Eden.
The ‘bird’, ‘sparrow’, and ‘swallow’ are a reference to the same thing, which is righteous souls.
Rabbi Elazar adds; “Even the sparrow has found a home” is an example of Jethro. “A swallow found a nest for herself” is Jethro’s descendants that studied Torah and merit to be in the Hall of Hewn Stones, ‘לשכת הגזית’ (pronounced ‘Lishkat haGazit’).
They moved out of a life of pleasures in Midian to be with the Israelites in the desert. Because of their desire for the Torah, the Holy One Blessed be He brought them into the Lishkat HaGazit.
The Daily Zohar brings the written Torah by quoting the full verses from the Torah and the Bible. The Oral Torah is the study from the Zohar and as the Zohar teaches us, it is like we serve the Holy King with two altars.
Jethro and his son converted from idol worshipping to follow the Torah and for that, they earned great honor and served in the court of the Holy Temple.
Many of the Daily Zohar students were not born in a Jewish home but their souls have the holy spark of the Israelites’ souls that brought them back to their true ‘nest’. They have the aspect of “Even the sparrow has found a home”.