Daily Zohar # 3676 – Balak – Your judgments are in the earth
“וְעַתָּה לְכָה נָּא אָרָה לִּי אֶת הָעָם הַזֶּה כִּי עָצוּם הוּא מִמֶּנִּי אוּלַי אוּכַל נַכֶּה בּוֹ וַאֲגָרְשֶׁנּוּ מִן הָאָרֶץ כִּי יָדַעְתִּי אֵת אֲשֶׁר תְּבָרֵךְ מְבֹרָךְ וַאֲשֶׁר תָּאֹר יוּאָר.”
“Therefore please come at once, curse these people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”
Rabbi Chizkiyah refers to the judgment that Balak asks Balaam to inflict on the Israelites. He quotes Isaiah 11:5
“וְהָיָה צֶדֶק אֵזוֹר מָתְנָיו וְהָאֱמוּנָה אֵזוֹר חֲלָצָיו.”
“Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faith the belt of His waist.”
He says that there is nothing new in this verse because both the belt of his loins (‘אמונה’) and the belt of the waist (‘צדק’) are the same.
He answers that ‘צדק’ ‘Righteousness’ (also means ‘justice’) is not like ‘אמונה’ ‘Faith,’ even though both are on the level of Malchut. When Malchut is under harsh judgment and receives from the Left, it is called ‘צדק’ ‘Justice.’
“נַפְשִׁי אִוִּיתִיךָ בַּלַּיְלָה אַף רוּחִי בְקִרְבִּי אֲשַׁחֲרֶךָּ כִּי כַּאֲשֶׁר מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לָאָרֶץ צֶדֶק לָמְדוּ יֹשְׁבֵי תֵבֵל.”
“With my soul, I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments (משפט, ‘court trial’) are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”
The level of ‘משפט’ that is a trial in court/judgment has an aspect of mercy that comes from Zeir Anpin. When the ‘trial’ meets ‘צדק’ ‘justice/judgment,’ the harsh judgment in Malchut is sweetened by the mercy that comes from Zeir Anpin, and the world can carry the judgment.
Judgments and Justice is in the world of Malchut, where we have free choice and cause and effect. The Zohar teaches us that there are harsh judgments, and we can’t avoid them, and there is an aspect of mercy that we can draw from Zeir Anpin to sweeten the judgments in Malchut. When we have a ‘court trial,’ we can present our good deeds and ‘extenuating circumstances.
The judgment צדק pronounced ‘Tzedek’ in Malchut is sweetened by connecting to Yessod that is called Tzadik, with spiritual connections and ‘צדקה’ ‘Tzedakah.’