Daily Zohar # 3674 – Shelach Lecha – He walked faithfully with God
. וְעַל זֶה כָּתוּב אֶת הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלֶּךְ נֹחַ. וְכִי מִי יָכוֹל לָלֶכֶת עִמּוֹ? אֶלָּא כָּל מִי שֶׁשּׁוֹמֵר בְּרִית קֹדֶשׁ, מִזְדַּוֶּגֶת בּוֹ שְׁכִינָה וְשׁוֹרָה עָלָיו. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ, (דברים יח) תָּמִים תִּהְיֶה עִם ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ. תָּמִים תִּהְיֶה, וְאַחַר כָּךְ עִם ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ. בְּזִוּוּג אֶחָד. שֶׁכֵּיוָן שֶׁשּׁוֹמֵר בְּרִית זוֹ, עִם ה’ לִהְיוֹת, וְלֹא נִפְרָד מִמֶּנּוּ.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Abraham was called ‘תָמִים’, ‘complete/perfect’ but was not so perfect yet complete in everything else.
“אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו אֶת הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלֶּךְ נֹחַ.״
“This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, perfect (תמים) among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.”
Noach was called ‘a righteous man in his generations’ (Genesis). Both Abraham and Noach had the Holy Impression. The head of the Yeshiva said that wherever we read ‘Holy impression’ it means keeping the covenant. Because Noach kept the covenant he was called ‘righteous perfect in his generations’, while the others in his generation stumble themselves, choosing the negative path.
It says “he walked faithfully with God”. The Zohar asks, who can walk with God? and answers that those who keep the covenant gets united with the Shechina that stays with them.
תָּמִים תִּהְיֶה עִם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיך
“You shall be blameless (perfect) before YHVH your God”
It says ‘be blameless (תמים)’ then ‘before your God’ in one sentence to teach us that keeping the covenant bring us closer to God without separation.
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