Daily Zohar # 3541 – Shemot – Shake yourself from the dust, arise
92. בְּגָלוּת אֱדוֹם רוֹצֶה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְהִתְכַּבֵּד בָּעוֹלָם וְלָבֹא הוּא לְהָקִים אֶת הַגְּבִירָה וּלְנַעֵר אוֹתָהּ מֵהֶעָפָר. אוֹי לְמִי שֶׁיִּמָּצֵא שָׁם לְפָנָיו בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁיֹּאמַר (ישעיה נב) הִתְנַעֲרִי מֵעָפָר קוּמִי שְׁבִי יְרוּשָׁלִָם הִתְפַּתְּחִי מוֹסְרֵי צַוָּארֵךְ. מִי הוּא הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהָעָם שֶׁיַּעֲמֹד לְפָנָיו?
93. וְנָעוּ אֱלִילֵי מִצְרַיִם מִפָּנָיו. אֱלִילֵי מִצְרַיִם, לֹא עַל עֵצִים וַאֲבָנִים נֶאֱמַר, אֶלָּא עַל כָּל אוֹתָם דְּרָגוֹת מְמֻנּוֹת הָעֶלְיוֹנוֹת, וְעַל אוֹתָם הָעֲבוֹדוֹת הַתַּחְתּוֹנוֹת שֶׁלָּהֶם. וּבְכָל מָקוֹם שֶׁגָּלוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מְבַקֵּשׁ עֲלֵיהֶם, וּמִתְרַעֵם וְנִפְרָע מֵאוֹתָם עַמִּים.
Rabbi Yeisa said if this was done for the queen in Egypt, then why it wasn’t done the same for the queen when she was with the people in the Babylon exile. He explained that in the exile of Babylon, the people married women from other nations. Because they connected their holy Yessod to vessels that were under different governance, they lost the miracles and wonders that they may have had if not for their impure actions.
During the exile in Egypt, the Israelites kept their purity and married within their tribes. They came to Egypt as the children of Israel, and they left as the children of Israel.
In the exile of Edom, the Holy One Blessed be He, wanted the world to recognize him when he came to raise the queen from the earth. No one can stand before the king, and woe to those who would be present before him when he say;
“הִתְנַעֲרִי מֵעָפָר קוּמִי שְּׁבִי יְרוּשָׁלִָם התפתחו [הִתְפַּתְּחִי] מוֹסְרֵי צַוָּארֵךְ שְׁבִיָּה בַּת צִיּוֹן.”
“Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!”
“The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence” (Isaiah 19:1). The ‘Idols of Egypt” are the upper levels that govern Egypt below. They are moved and punished. Anywhere Israel were in exile, the Holy One Blessed be He, seek them and punish the nations that kept them in exile.
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