Daily Zohar # 3529 – Vayigash – She laments without her husband
106. וְאַתָּה צֻוֵּיתָה זֹאת עָשׂוּ קְחוּ לָכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם וְגוֹ’. רַבִּי חִיָּיא פָּתַח, שִׂמְחוּ אֶת יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְגִילוּ בָהּ כָּל אֹהֲבֶיהָ שִׂישׂוּ אִתָּהּ מָשׂוֹשׂ וְגוֹ’. בֹּא רְאֵה, כְּשֶׁנֶּחֱרַב בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ וְגָרְמוּ הַחֲטָאִים וְגָלוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל מִן הָאָרֶץ, הִסְתַּלֵּק הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְמַעְלָה לְמַעְלָה, וְלֹא הִשְׁגִּיחַ עַל חֻרְבַּן בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ וְעַל עַמּוֹ שֶׁגָּלוּ, וְאָז הַשְּׁכִינָה גָּלְתָה עִמָּהֶם.
107. כְּשֶׁיָּרַד, הִשְׁגִּיחַ עַל בֵּיתוֹ שֶׁנִּשְׂרַף, הִסְתַּכֵּל עַל עַמּוֹ – וְהִנֵּה הָגְלָה. שָׁאַל עַל הַגְּבִירָה – וְהִיא גֹּרְשָׁה. אָז וַיִּקְרָא ה’ אֱלֹהִים צְבָאוֹת בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לִבְכִי וּלְמִסְפֵּד וּלְקָרְחָה וְלַחֲגֹר שַׂק. וְהִיא גַם הִיא מַה כָּתוּב בָּהּ? (יואל א) אֱלִי כִּבְתוּלָה חֲגֻרַת שַׂק עַל בַּעַל נְעוּרֶיהָ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר כִּי אֵינֶנּוּ, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהִסְתַּלֵּק מִמֶּנָּה וְנִמְצָא פֵרוּד.
When the Holy One Blessed be He comes to raise the voice ‘קֹל’ of the Nukva from the earth, He would connect it to the Vav ואו, and everything that they lost during the exile would return to them. They would enjoy the Lights from the highest levels as it is written; Isaiah 27:13
“וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִתָּקַע בְּשׁוֹפָר גָּדוֹל וּבָאוּ הָאֹבְדִים בְּאֶרֶץ אַשּׁוּר וְהַנִּדָּחִים בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם וְהִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לַיהוָה בְּהַר הַקֹּדֶשׁ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם.”
“And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship YHVH on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.”
“שִׂמְחוּ אֶת יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְגִילוּ בָהּ כָּל אֹהֲבֶיהָ שִׂישׂוּ אִתָּהּ מָשׂוֹשׂ כָּל הַמִּתְאַבְּלִים עָלֶיהָ.”
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, And be glad with her, all you who love her; Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her;”
Rabbi Chiya quotes the above verse and explains that when the children of Israel sinned, the Holy One Blessed be He removed himself from the Temple, and this state allowed the Temple to be burnt and destroyed. The people went to exile, and the Shechina joined her children in exile.
When the Holy One came back, he saw his house burnt, he looked at his people and they were in exile. He asked for the Shechina and she was also in exile. Then he called;
“וַיִּקְרָא אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה צְבָאוֹת בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לִבְכִי וּלְמִסְפֵּד וּלְקָרְחָה וְלַחֲגֹר שָׂק.”
“And in that day YHVH GOD of hosts Called for weeping and for mourning, For baldness and for girded with sackcloth.”
Now that the Shechina is without her husband she laments as it is written;
“אֱלִי כִּבְתוּלָה חֲגֻרַת שַׂק עַל בַּעַל נְעוּרֶיהָ.”
“Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth For the husband of her youth.”
“וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם.”
“And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in them.”
We are a small temple for the Holy One Blessed be He. The verse is a simple statement but also a Torah law. If we make ourselves as a temple, Hashem will dwell in us.
We sanctify ourselves by studying and following the ways of the Torah. Zohar’s studies give us a higher level of purity. If we sin, the holiness is removed from us and we get into a state of exile. The Shechina stays close to us to enable us to make connections when we want to rebuild our own temple.
The pure Light can not stay in an impure vessel. Without the Light, the vessel gets into a vulnerable state and it can easily break. When it breaks there is no hold for the impure side and the vessel is considered pure but empty. This is the state of exile that causes us pain because we are experiencing the loss of the Light that we had and enjoyed.
The distance that the vessel experiences depends on its size and level of purity. The more we study, the closer we feel to the Light.
The Holy One Blessed be He didn’t leave the Holy Temple because we sinned. He left because he can’t stay in an impure vessel. The good news is that we can always call him back.
“קָרוֹב יְהוָה לְכָל קֹרְאָיו לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאֻהוּ בֶאֱמֶת.”
“YHVH is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.”
‘truth’ ‘אֱמֶת’ represents the center column and the ‘seal’ of YHVH. Those who are away from the center are far from him.
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