Daily Zohar # 3602 – Tzav – Beating the willows
114. בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי שֶׁל הֶחָג, הוּא סִיּוּם הַדִּין שֶׁל הָעוֹלָם, וְהַפְּתָקִים יוֹצְאִים מִבֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ, וְהַגְּבוּרוֹת מִתְעוֹרְרוֹת וּמִסְתַּיְּמוֹת בַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה, וְעַרְבֵי נַחַל (תְּלוּיִים) בָּהֶם. וּצְרִיכִים לְעוֹרֵר גְּבוּרוֹת לַמַּיִם, וּלְהַקִּיף שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים כְּדֵי לְרַוּוֹת אֶת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ הַזֶּה מֵהַמַּיִם שֶׁל יִצְחָק, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהַבְּאֵר הַזּוֹ שֶׁל יִצְחָק מִתְמַלֵּאת מַיִם, וּכְשֶׁמִּתְמַלֵּאת, כָּל הָעוֹלָם מִתְבָּרֵךְ בְּמַיִם.
115. וּבַיּוֹם הַזֶּה צְרִיכִים גְּבוּרוֹת לַמַּיִם, וּלְסַיֵּם אוֹתָהּ אַחַר כָּךְ, שֶׁהֲרֵי בַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה מִסְתַּיֵּם הַדִּין, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ צְרִיכִים לַחְבֹּט אוֹתָם בַּקַּרְקַע שֶׁלֹּא יִמָּצְאוּ, שֶׁהֲרֵי זֶהוּ יוֹם שֶׁל הִתְעוֹרְרוּת וְסִיּוּם. וְלָכֵן הִתְעוֹרְרוּת וְסִיּוּם הוּא שֶׁעוֹשִׂים בְּעַרְבֵי נַחַל.
Continued from DZ 3315
The seven voices discussed previously connect to the seven Sefirot from Chessed to Malchut. They are expressed with words that come out of our mouths. During the seven days of Sukkot, these voices are expressed through deeds, not speech because the seven days of Sukkot are the source of blessings for the whole year.
The precepts that depend on speech, draw from the inner that is the aspect of Chassadim. In Sukkot, we correct the external that is the secret of drawing the Light of Chokmah from the Left by following precepts that depend on actions.
On the seventh day of Sukkot, which is Hoshanah Rabah, we come to the final step of the judgment process and the sentences go out from the King’s house. The Gevurot from the Left rise and end on that day. The willow branches connect to these Gevurot and draw them to water from the well of Isaac that represents the Light of Chokmah from the Left. These waters are awakened by making seven circles for the seven Sefirot, around the Altar that is Malchut. When the Left gets fulfilled from that, the whole world is blessed with the water.
On Hoshanah Rabah we need Gevurot and judgments to draw the Light of Chokmah and end them on the same day because when the upper court finishes with judgments, there is no need for the Light of Chokmah with the judgment. For that reason, we beat the willow branches on the ground to close the judgments.
The willow branches have the aspect of Netzach and Hod that reveal the Chokmah through judgments. When the willows hit the ground that is considered the last aspect of Malchut, judgments stop.
On Rosh Hashanah, three books are opened. One for complete righteous, one for complete wicked, and one for those in the middle.
The righteous are immediately registered in the book of life. Wickeds are registered immediately to die. The judgment of those in the middle stays open until Yom Kippur. If they repent they are written in the book of life because the Light of Chokmah is revealed when Malchut elevates to Binah on that day.
This process is not completed until Hoshanah Rabah because during the seven days of Sukkot Chokmah is dressed in Chassadim, a process that is completed on Hoshanah Rabah. The judgments that were decided on Yom Kippur are sealed on the seventh day of Sukkot. Those who repent by that day, benefit from the Light of Chokmah that gives them life.
Hoshanah Rabah is the day that the verdicts are given to the angels that execute them to life or death and the books are sealed.