128. אַשְׁרֵי חֶלְקְכֶם, חֲבֵרִים קְדוֹשִׁים, שֶׁזְּכִיתֶם לְכָל זֶה. שְׁתֵּי מְעָרוֹת אֵלֶּה אֲחֵרוֹת שֶׁלָּכֶם, שֶׁלֹּא תִמְצְאוּ כָּל זֶה שָׁם, שֶׁהֵם תּוֹךְ יְשִׁיבַת מֹשֶׁה יוֹשְׁבִים מֵרָחוֹק. וְעַל זֶה כָּתוּב בְּמֹשֶׁה, (במדבר יב) עָנָו מְאֹד מִכָּל הָאָדָם. וְנָבִיא עֶלְיוֹן קִבְּלָם לִישִׁיבָתוֹ מִיּוֹם שֶׁהֻתַּר לִרְאוֹת כָּל זֶה עַד אוֹתָהּ שָׁעָה שִׁבְעָה יָמִים. וַהֲרֵי לֹא הָיוּ מִסְתַּכְּלִים בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה כְּלוּם.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Rabbi Elai said that the generation of the wilderness prepared to be ‘תָּמִים’, ‘Blameless’ before YHVH. It said (Numbers 14:35) “In this wilderness, they shall be consumed (יִתַּמּוּ), and there they shall die.” The word ‘יִתַּמּוּ’ ‘consumed’ has the letters ‘תם’ that implies they will receive ‘תם’ as explained previously. The verse reflects negative and not positive action, and Rabbi Elai explains that the Children of Israel supposed to be ‘תָּמִים’ ‘blameless’ when they arrive the Holy Land where there is a presence of YHVH in Malchut.
‘And there they shall die’ tells the Israelites that as the old generation was dying in the wilderness every day.
After the spies’ sin, HaShem decreed that the old generation would die in the wilderness to correct the sin. They had to dig their own graves and lay in them during the night. In the morning, some died and were buried immediately in their graves.
Happy is your share, holy friends that you had merits to study that. You won’t see who comes to your two caves because they sit from afar in the Yeshiva of Moses. Therefore it says on Moses Numbers 12:3
“וְהָאִישׁ מֹשֶׁה ענו [עָנָיו] מְאֹד מִכֹּל הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר עַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה.”
“Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.”
The supreme prophet, Moses, accepted them to his Yeshiva. Seven days passed since the day these Tzadikim were allowed to see the secrets. They were disconnected from the material world and didn’t look at this world.
There was a special soul appointed to support the study of Rabbi Shimon and his friends. They could ascend spiritually and study from afar in the Yeshiva of Moses. If they were to join the Yeshiva, their soul would leave their body.
A pure and elevated soul can ascend spiritually and return to its body. Some Tzadikim had assistants staying next to them during their spiritual ascend to ensure that they don’t fall into a state of death if the soul ascends too high. They could feel the change in the body and make physical connections to ‘ground’ the soul back to the body in this world.