Daily Zohar # 3710 – Balak – What to do when you face evil?
“וַיִּשָּׂא אֶת עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא אֶת הַנָּשִׁים וְאֶת הַיְלָדִים וַיֹּאמֶר מִי אֵלֶּה לָּךְ וַיֹּאמַר הַיְלָדִים אֲשֶׁר חָנַן אֱלֹהִים אֶת עַבְדֶּךָ.”
“And he lifted his eyes and saw the women and children and said, “Who are these with you?” So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”
This verse said this in the secret of wisdom. On Yom Kippur, when the whole world stands for judgment, and Israel doing Teshuvah in front of the Holy One Blessed be He to atone for their iniquities, the accuser stands over them, intending to make them pay for all their iniquities and destroy them. At this time, he receives the gift of the scapegoat, ‘שעיר לעזאזל,’ and so it is written;
“וַאֲמַרְתֶּם גַּם הִנֵּה עַבְדְּךָ יַעֲקֹב אַחֲרֵינוּ כִּי אָמַר אֲכַפְּרָה פָנָיו בַּמִּנְחָה הַהֹלֶכֶת לְפָנָי וְאַחֲרֵי כֵן אֶרְאֶה פָנָיו אוּלַי יִשָּׂא פָנָי.”
“and also say, ‘Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us.’ ” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.”
After the accuser receives the gift, he turns himself and becomes their advocate.
The accuser lifts his eyes and sees Israel, fasting and with bare feet. He sees women, children; all are fasting and pure. He asks about the children, “Who are these with you?” “מִי אֵלֶּה לָּךְ.” The first two words form the holy name ‘אלהים’ ‘ELHYM,’ and together ‘אלהים לך’ ‘ELHYM for you.’ Jacob answered, “The children whom God (ELHYM אלהים) has graciously given your servant.”
The Zohar asks, did he need to answer his question? And answers that since he received the bribe, meaning the scapegoat, he turned to be a good advocate for them.
When he sees Israel in their state, he thinks that they fast and are in a state of repentance because they are afraid of his accusations.
The Zohar opens a channel of wisdom and reveals secrets related to the meeting between Jacob and Esau. The ‘accuser’ loves gifts and respect for his power. When he is satisfied with the gifts and honor, the judgments he carried against us are sweetened, and he can’t hurt us, as long as we are pure and on the side of the Light.
It’s not just material gifts that we (Jacob) give him. He needs Light from the holy site, like the scapegoat he receives on Yom Kippur from the high priest.
Nowadays, the forces of Sat-n are strong in this world, and there is not enough Light revealed in the world to keep him in the corner with small gifts. He is coming out with a full force and desire to take everything from us. His generals are government heads all over the world. They wish to control all aspects of our lives. They control our food productions (destroy our food). They take our honor (take away our freedom), and our souls (kill us with diseases and bad medical treatments). Unfortunately, there are still many people that don’t see this reality. Evil spreads everywhere in the world. For some, it could be a kind of protection if they are blind to this. If they see it without solid faith in Hashem, their souls may not be able to handle the knowledge.
We are in a state that requires us to do our best to avoid all kinds of negativity and act with pure consciousness. We can achieve that by increasing our studies and spiritual connections. It would surround ourselves and our family with the Light of Chassadim that can protect us from getting swallowed by the darkness around us.
We need Hashem’s intervention. Pray for Israel from where Mashiach would be revealed and rule the earth. He will remove all evil from the world and establish final peace. May we all be part of this revelation.