Daily Zohar # 3681 – Balak – Yet I will discipline you justly
After Joshuah conquered Jericho, the people sinned and brought about the anger of Hashem. They lost a battle, and Joshua asked Hashem for support by referring to the connection of Israel to the letter H ה of the Holy Name.
“וְיִשְׁמְעוּ הַכְּנַעֲנִי וְכֹל יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ וְנָסַבּוּ עָלֵינוּ וְהִכְרִיתוּ אֶת שְׁמֵנוּ מִן הָאָרֶץ וּמַה תַּעֲשֵׂה לְשִׁמְךָ הַגָּדוֹל.”
“For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?”
Joshua asks, “what will You do for Your great name?” referring to the YHVH name and its connection to Israel.
Even though Hashem didn’t tell him, Moses knew the connection of Israel to the Letter Hה of Malchut. When the people sin, it causes a disconnection of Israel from the Holy name.
Isaiah 43:5 “כי אתך אני,” “Fear not, for I am with you.” This statement by Hashem indicates that Israel is connected to the name.
“כִּי אִתְּךָ אֲנִי נְאֻם יְהוָה לְהוֹשִׁיעֶךָ כִּי אֶעֱשֶׂה כָלָה בְּכָל הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הֲפִצוֹתִיךָ שָּׁם אַךְ אֹתְךָ לֹא אֶעֱשֶׂה כָלָה וְיִסַּרְתִּיךָ לַמִּשְׁפָּט וְנַקֵּה לֹא אֲנַקֶּךָּ.”
“For I am with you to save you, declares YHVH. Though I will completely destroy all the nations to which I have scattered you, I will not completely destroy you. Yet I will discipline you justly and will by no means leave you unpunished.”
Israel is protected and will never be destroyed, but they will be justly corrected if they sin.
The first Rav Hamnuna said that Israel benefits from the stress and depression that they go through in this world. It leads them to a positive outcome.
The word ‘destroy,’’כלה’ in “I will completely destroy (כָלָה) all the nations” There is no Dagesh in the word to tell us the weakness of the other nations, while about Israel it says “וְכַכַּלָּה תַּעְדֶּה כֵלֶיהָ” “ as a bride (כַּלָּה) adorneth herself with her jewels.” The word ‘bride’ ‘כַּלָּה’ is with Dagesh implying, that the Shechina is with Israel.