Daily Zohar # 3517 – Vayeshev – Blessed and cursed
110. בֹּא רְאֵה אֶת סוֹד הַדָּבָר, יֵשׁ רֹגֶז וְיֵשׁ רֹגֶז. יֵשׁ רֹגֶז שֶׁהוּא מְבֹרָךְ מִמַּעְלָה וּמִמַּטָּה, וְנִקְרָא בָּרוּךְ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנִּתְבָּאֵר שֶׁכָּתוּב (שם יד) בָּרוּךְ אַבְרָם לְאֵל עֶלְיוֹן קֹנֵה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ, וַהֲרֵי פֵּרְשׁוּהָ. וְיֵשׁ רֹגֶז מְקֻלָּל לְמַעְלָה וּמַטָּה, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנִּתְבָּאֵר, שֶׁנִּקְרָא אָרוּר, שֶׁכָּתוּב (שם ג) אָרוּר אַתָּה מִכָּל הַבְּהֵמָה וּמִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה. אָרוּר אַפָּם כִּי עָז.
111. וְעַל הַסּוֹד הַזֶּה יֵשׁ שְׁנֵי הָרִים, שֶׁכָּתוּב (דברים יא) וְנָתַתָּה אֶת הַבְּרָכָה עַל הַר גְּרִזִּים וְאֶת הַקְּלָלָה עַל הַר עֵיבָל, כְּנֶגֶד שְׁתֵּי הַדְּרָגוֹת הַלָּלוּ. וְעַל כֵּן זֶה נִקְרָא אָרוּר וְזֶה נִקְרָא בָּרוּךְ. וְשִׁמְעוֹן וְלֵוִי הֵם מִצַּד הַדִּין הַקָּשֶׁה, וּמִצַּד הַדִּין הַקָּשֶׁה הֶחָזָק יוֹצֵא רֹגֶז שֶׁמְּקֻלָּל.
“וַיֹּאמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶל אָחִיו הִנֵּה בַּעַל הַחֲלֹמוֹת הַלָּזֶה בָּא.”
“Then one said to his brother, “Look, this dreamer is coming!”
The two brothers were Shimon and Levi that were brothers in all aspects. They were from the Left that is harsh judgment and their anger was murderous anger as we read from the blessings Jacob gave them before he passed away.
“אָרוּר אַפָּם כִּי עָז וְעֶבְרָתָם כִּי קָשָׁתָה אֲחַלְּקֵם בְּיַעֲקֹב וַאֲפִיצֵם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל.”
“Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.”
There are different types of anger. There is an anger that is blessed above and below as it is said in Genesis 14:19
“וַיְבָרְכֵהוּ וַיֹּאמַר בָּרוּךְ אַבְרָם לְאֵל עֶלְיוֹן קֹנֵה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.”
“And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;”
Even though Abraham made wars and killed people, he did it for the sake of the heavens. There is an anger that is cursed as we read in Genesis 3:14 “you are cursed more than all animals”. This curse was made by God on the Snake because of his lies.
It was similar to Shimon and Levi when Jacob said “Cursed be their anger”.
A similar secret is about the two mountains that have two levels. One is blessed and the other is cursed.
“וְהָיָה כִּי יְבִיאֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה בָא שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ וְנָתַתָּה אֶת הַבְּרָכָה עַל הַר גְּרִזִים וְאֶת הַקְּלָלָה עַל הַר עֵיבָל.”
“Now it shall be when YHVH your God has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.”
Shimon and Levi were from the side of harsh judgment that from it comes the cursed anger that is called “accursed”.
Anger is from the Left. It generates fire that consumes the source and anything in its path. For that reason, anger is also considered as idol worship because it breaks the balance and moves the energy to the Left side that is judgments.
The anger that is blessed is the one that drives a person to turn to the Right and channel the anger into positive energy to do good. IN this case, the anger is blessed from above and causes a blessed outcome below.
Anger that drives similar types of anger is like adding oil to the fire. It grows and consumes, causing a ‘cursed’ situation that is all judgment.
When a person transforms anger of insult to silence, he receives a great light into his vessel because when one ‘nullifies’ his vessel, it becomes pure and filled with light.
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