Daily Zohar # 3405 – Vaetchanan – Vengeance of the stars
181. אָמַר לָהֶם הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, הִזְדַּמְּנוּ לִנְקֹם אֶת נִקְמַת בָּנַי. שְׁתֵּי נְקָמוֹת אֲנִי עָתִיד לְהִפָּרַע מֵהֶם. נְקָמָה אַחַת שֶׁל שֵׁשׁ מֵאוֹת מֶרְכָּבוֹת שֶׁהִלְוָה לַשַּׂר הַגָּדוֹל שֶׁל הַמִּצְרִים כְּדֵי לְהִלָּחֵם בִּקְרָב עִם יִשְׂרָאֵל, שֶׁכָּתוּב (שמות יד) וַיִּקַּח שֵׁשׁ מֵאוֹת רֶכֶב בָּחוּר וְכֹל רֶכֶב מִצְרָיִם. וּנְקָמָה אַחַת שֶׁל הַבָּנִים שֶׁלִּי, שֶׁהֵצִיקוּ לָהֶם עַד עַכְשָׁו. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ נִדּוֹנוּ בִּשְׁנֵי דִינִים – אֶחָד בְּמַיִם וְאֶחָד בְּאֵשׁ. בְּמַיִם, שֶׁכָּתוּב (שופטים ה) נַחַל קִישׁוֹן גְּרָפָם. בְּאֵשׁ, שֶׁכָּתוּב הַכּוֹכָבִים מִמְּסִלּוֹתָם.
“מִן שָׁמַיִם נִלְחָמוּ הַכּוֹכָבִים מִמְּסִלּוֹתָם נִלְחֲמוּ עִם סִיסְרָא.”
“They fought from the heavens; The stars from their courses fought against Sisera.”
The people of Israel were ready to go to war and reveal the holy mark of circumcision in their flesh.
“וְהֵבֵאתִי עֲלֵיכֶם חֶרֶב נֹקֶמֶת נְקַם בְּרִית”
“And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;”
Then the sword of the covenant, which is Malchut gathers all her armies, weapons, and warriors to go to war with Sisera, and the stars are pouring fire from above. Rabbi Shimon says that every star has its own name as it says in (Psalms 147:4) “מוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר, לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם, שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָא” “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.”
The Holy One Blessed be He told the stars to prepare themselves to take revenge from Sisera the vengeance of his children. There are two acts of vengeance to take from them. One vengeance is for the six hundred chariots that he lent the minister of Egypt to fight in battle with Israel. We read that in Exodus 14:7
“וַיִּקַּח שֵׁשׁ מֵאוֹת רֶכֶב בָּחוּר וְכֹל רֶכֶב מִצְרָיִם וְשָׁלִשִׁם עַל כֻּלּוֹ.”
“Also, he took six hundred choice chariots and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.”
The second vengeance is for his children that were put in a state of distress until that moment. One vengeance with water and one with fire as we read (Judges 5:21) “נַחַל קִישׁוֹן גְּרָפָם נַחַל קְדוּמִים נַחַל קִישׁוֹן תִּדְרְכִי נַפְשִׁי עֹז.” “The torrent of Kishon swept them away, That ancient torrent, the torrent of Kishon. O my soul, march on in strength!”
The aspect of vengeance with fire is “The stars from their courses fought against Sisera”.
The covenant is the aspect of Yessod and circumcision is the mark that connects us to the covenant with Abraham and God’s promise to protect his children.
We read above that God takes vengeance for the six hundred chariots he gave Egypt. We learn from this story that every force in this world is given to us from God according to our desire.
All the gifts that we have in this world are given to us temporarily until we die. It is our responsibility to use the gifts we receive in a positive way, otherwise, we get ‘corrected’ sooner or later.