93. וְלָמַדְנוּ, כָּל אוֹתָם הָעוֹסְקִים בַּתּוֹרָה בַּלָּיְלָה, הַדְּיוֹקָן שֶׁלָּהֶם נֶחְקָק לְמַעְלָה לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִשְׁתַּעֲשֵׁעַ בָּהֶם כָּל הַיּוֹם וּמִסְתַּכֵּל בָּהֶם, וְאוֹתוֹ קוֹל (שֶׁל כָּאן) עוֹלֶה וּבוֹקֵעַ אֶת כָּל אוֹתָם רְקִיעִים עַד שֶׁעוֹלֶה לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, וְאָז כָּתוּב, כִּי קוֹלֵךְ עָרֵב וּמַרְאֵיךְ נָאוֶה. וְעַכְשָׁו הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא חוֹקֵק אֶת דְּיוֹקְנוֹ שֶׁל רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן לְמַעְלָה, וְקוֹלוֹ לְמַעְלָה לְמַעְלָה עוֹלֶה, וּמִתְעַטֵּר בַּכֶּתֶר הַקָּדוֹשׁ, עַד שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִתְעַטֵּר בּוֹ בְּכָל הָעוֹלָמוֹת וּמִשְׁתַּבֵּחַ בּוֹ. עָלָיו כָּתוּב (ישעיה מט) וַיֹּאמֶר לִי עַבְדִּי אָתָּה יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר בְּךָ אֶתְפָּאָר.
Zohar Achare Mot
“יוֹנָתִי בְּחַגְוֵי הַסֶּלַע בְּסֵתֶר הַמַּדְרֵגָה הַרְאִינִי אֶת מַרְאַיִךְ הַשְׁמִיעִינִי אֶת קוֹלֵךְ כִּי קוֹלֵךְ עָרֵב וּמַרְאֵיךְ נָאוֶה.”
“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.”
Rabbi Yossi explains that the dove is the aspect of the Congregation of Israel that is Malchut. As a dove never leaves her mate, so the Congregation of Israel never leaves the Holy One Blessed be He.
The Torah scholars that never rest in this world hide in “the clefts of the rock” from their enemies. The modest Torah scholars are pious. They have fear of the Holy One Blessed be He, and the Shechina never leaves them. They hide “In the secret places of the cliff”, meaning that they hide their spiritual level from the people.
The Holy One Blessed be He demands from the Congregation of Israel for these scholars. He says “Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely”. The voice that can be heard in the upper levels is the voice of those who study the Torah.
We learned that the image of those who study the Torah at night is carved above in front of the Holy One Blessed be He, and he enjoys their presence all day.
The voice from Malchut goes up and pierces through all skies until it comes before the Holy One Blessed be He. Then it is written, “For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely”.
Now the Holy One Blessed be He carved the image of Rabbi Shimon above and his voice rises higher and higher and is crowned with the Holy Crown until the Holy One Blessed be He crowns and praises him in all worlds. It is written about him; Isaiah 49:3 “וַיֹּאמֶר לִי עַבְדִּי אָתָּה יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר בְּךָ אֶתְפָּאָר.” “And He said to me, ‘You are My servant, O Israel, In whom I will be glorified.’”
Studying Zohar after midnight has great spiritual value.
The Zohar of Rabbi Shimon wears the Holy Crown, and when we study the Zohar, we wear the same crown.