110. וְקָרָא לוֹ אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד. וְכִי לֹא בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד? אֶלָּא בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה אֹהֶל סְתָם, וְכָעֵת אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד. מַה זֶּה מוֹעֵד? רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר אָמַר לְטוֹב. רַבִּי אַבָּא אָמַר לְרַע. רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר אָמַר לְטוֹב – מַה מּוֹעֵד הוּא יוֹם שִׂמְחַת הַלְּבָנָה, שֶׁנּוֹסְפָה בּוֹ קְדֻשָּׁה, לֹא שׁוֹלֵט בָּהּ פְּגָם, אַף כָּאן קוֹרֵא לָהּ בַּשֵּׁם הַזֶּה, לְהַרְאוֹת שֶׁהֲרֵי הִתְרַחֵק מִבֵּינֵיהֶם וְלֹא נִפְגְּמָה, וְלָכֵן כָּתוּב וְקָרָא לוֹ אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד.
Zohar Ki Tisa
“וַיִּתְנַצְּלוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת עֶדְיָם מֵהַר חוֹרֵב”
“So the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by Mount Horeb.”
Israel received the protection of the holy name when they arrived at Mount Sinai. It was taken away from them after the sin. Moses knew that without the protection they had earlier, the Evil Snake would come to dwell among them, and bring impurity into the Holy Tabernacle. Therefore Moses immediately took the tent out of the camp.
“וּמֹשֶׁה יִקַּח אֶת הָאֹהֶל וְנָטָה לוֹ מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה הַרְחֵק מִן הַמַּחֲנֶה וְקָרָא לוֹ אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וְהָיָה כָּל מְבַקֵּשׁ יְהוָה יֵצֵא אֶל אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד אֲשֶׁר מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה.”
“Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought YHVH went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp.”
It says ‘Moses took the tent’ then he called it ‘Tabernacle (tent) of meeting’. In the beginning, it was a simple tent then it was described as a tent of meeting. The time of the meeting is a time of happiness, when the moon that is the aspect of Malchut, receives additional holiness without any blemish. Here Moses called the tent ‘Tabernacle (tent) of meeting’ to indicate that the tent that is the secret of Malchut distanced from the negative side and without blemish.
The negative side comes wherever they see ‘darkness’. We need to check our environment and if we see any type of negative, we should distance ourselves from that because sooner or later the ‘Snake’ can bite us and send us into darkness.
We should stay away from impure people! They have a snake in their shadow.
Because this is a very important spiritual rule, King David opens the first of 150 chapters of Psalms with;
(Read this often as a vaccine against infection by the Snake.)
1. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. 2. But his delight is in the Law (Torah) of YHVH, and on His law, he meditates day and night. 3. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. 4. Not so the wicked! For they are like chaff driven off by the wind. 5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6. For YHVH guards the path of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.