145. וּבְיוֹם הַבִּכּוּרִים בְּהַקְרִיבְכֶם מִנְחָה חֲדָשָׁה לַה’ בְּשָׁבֻעֹתֵיכֶם מִקְרָא קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם וְגוֹ’ (במדבר כח). רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן פָּתַח, (דברי הימים-א טז) אָז יְרַנְּנוּ עֲצֵי הַיָּעַר מִלִּפְנֵי ה’ כִּי בָא לִשְׁפּוֹט אֶת הָאָרֶץ. אַשְׁרֵי חֶלְקָם שֶׁל אוֹתָם הַמִּשְׁתַּדְּלִים בַּתּוֹרָה יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה, שֶׁיּוֹדְעִים אֶת דַּרְכֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא וְנֶאֱחָזִים בִּשְׁמוֹ (כָּל יוֹם). אוֹי לְאוֹתָם שֶׁלֹּא מִשְׁתַּדְּלִים בַּתּוֹרָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵין לָהֶם חֵלֶק בַּשֵּׁם הַקָּדוֹשׁ, וְלֹא נֶאֱחָזִים בּוֹ, לֹא בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְלֹא בָּעוֹלָם הַבָּא. מִי שֶׁזּוֹכֶה בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, זוֹכֶה בָּעוֹלָם הַבָּא. שֶׁכָּךְ שָׁנִינוּ, (שיר ז) דּוֹבֵב שִׂפְתֵי יְשֵׁנִים, אַף עַל גַּב שֶׁהֵם בְּאוֹתוֹ עוֹלָם, שִׂפְתוֹתֵיהֶם מְרַחֲשׁוֹת שָׁם תּוֹרָה.
“הַשִּׁיר יִהְיֶה לָכֶם כְּלֵיל הִתְקַדֶּשׁ חָג וְשִׂמְחַת לֵבָב כַּהוֹלֵךְ בֶּחָלִיל לָבוֹא בְהַר יְהוָה אֶל צוּר יִשְׂרָאֵל.”
“You shall have a song As in the night when a holy festival is kept, And gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, To come into the mountain of YHVH, To the Mighty One of Israel.”
Rabbi Yitzchak said that in the future Israel will sing and rejoice with praises to the Holy One Blessed be He as the praises they do on the night of Pesach when the Congregation of Israel connects to the holiness of the King with the great unification on the level of Father and Mother, Chokmah and Binah.
“וּבְיוֹם הַבִּכּוּרִים בְּהַקְרִיבְכֶם מִנְחָה חֲדָשָׁה לַיהוָה בְּשָׁבֻעֹתֵיכֶם מִקְרָא קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם כָּל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ.”
“‘Also on the day of the first fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to YHVH at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.”
The ‘day of the first fruits’ is the day of Shavuot when we connect to the gift of the Torah.
1 Chronicle 16:33
“אָז יְרַנְּנוּ עֲצֵי הַיָּעַר מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה כִּי בָא לִשְׁפּוֹט אֶת הָאָרֶץ.”
“Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before YHVH, For He is coming to judge the earth.”
Rabbi Shimon opens and quotes this verse praising those who know the ways of the Holy One Blessed be He, study the Torah day and night, and unite with the Holy Name. Woe to those who avoid the Torah, and the Holy Name. They don’t have a share in his Name, not in this world and not in the world to come.
He who has merits to study the Torah in this world have merits to be with the Torah in the world to come as we learned from the verse in Songs 7:10
“וְחִכֵּךְ כְּיֵין הַטּוֹב הוֹלֵךְ לְדוֹדִי לְמֵישָׁרִים דּוֹבֵב שִׂפְתֵי יְשֵׁנִים.”
“And the roof of your mouth is like the best wine. The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved, Moving gently the lips of sleepers.”
When those who connect to the Torah and the Holy Name die and are buried they are considered sleepers, because they would rise up at the time of the resurrection.
Even though they are in the heavens, their lips are still moving with the words of the Torah.
The Torah is Light and Life that is carried with the soul after death. Our Torah studies and good deeds in this world weave a spiritual garment in the heavens. It is called ‘חלוקא דרבנן’ ‘Chaluka Derabanan’ ‘Garment of the wise’. Even after death, there is a connection between the soul and its resting place in this world, and the words of the Torah we studied ‘echo’ from above to below.
The righteous that their teachings are taught in this world are considered as living in this world because their Torah is alive and continues to spread life to those who study it in this world.
King David is considered ‘חי וקיים’ ‘Alive and well’ because his praises to Hashem are included in all prayers, and people all over the world read Psalms every moment of the day.
Each time we read and study Zohar, we add more beautiful threads to our personal spiritual garment that would be given to us when we leave this world.