Daily Zohar # 3711 – Balak – The oppressor, and the oppressed
Another explanation; he asked about the children “Who are these with you?”, and answered, “it is true that you do fasting and repentance because you sinned before the King, but why do the children have to stand in fasting?”.
He said “The children”,”וַיֹּאמַ֕ר הַיְלָדִ֕ים”. He asks again “Who are these with you?”, and the holy spirit said “אֲשֶׁר חָנַן אֱלֹהִים אֶת עַבְדֶּךָ” “The children whom God has graciously given your servant”. He asks “was the Holy Spirit presented itself to Esau as ‘your servant’”?. He explains that ‘your servant’ refers to the minister of Esau. The Holy One Blessed be He gave him the children that didn’t have a taste of sin in their first incarnation, and he killed them even though they didn’t sin, as it is written in Ecclesiastes 4:1
“וְשַׁבְתִּי אֲנִי וָאֶרְאֶה אֶת כָּל הָעֲשֻׁקִים אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשִׂים תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ וְהִנֵּה דִּמְעַת הָעֲשֻׁקִים וְאֵין לָהֶם מְנַחֵם וּמִיַּד עֹשְׁקֵיהֶם כֹּחַ וְאֵין לָהֶם מְנַחֵם.”
“Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, But they have no comforter— On the side of their oppressors there is power, But they have no comforter.”
The power of the oppressor, who is the minister of Esau, was given to him from Hashem. The oppressed are those who were killed without sins.
As he heard about the children, he ascended immediately to the Holy One Blessed be He and said, master of the world, all your ways are just and true, and if there is a judgment upon Israel, it is for their sins, and why did you let your children be killed without having sinned? The Holy One Blessed be He accepts his words and has compassion for them. At that time, in Yom Kippur, the children don’t suffer from *Croup.
*Croup is a disease related to breathing problems, blocking the life force from coming into the lungs.
In the following studies, the Zohar explains the relations between the souls who are judged to death and the path of soul elevations.
We will learn that the process of death in many cases is just a step up for the soul. In simple words, we can imagine that the immortal soul needs the process of death to shed one garment and go through cleansing after death. Before coming back to this world, the soul receives a new garment that fits the new correction process.
When we see many deaths happening in the world in a short time period, we can assume that Hashem accelerates the process of soul-cleansing in preparation for a major change in the world.
The causes for mass deaths could be wars, natural disasters, plagues/pandemics, especially if it affects the respiratory system because it is the connection of life to the body, specifically to the blood that carries the soul level of Nefesh. When innocent children are dying by the evil side, without sins, it triggers Hashem’s compassion and he sends his ‘soldiers’ to save them. To build a bigger vessel for his compassion we need to purify ourselves with more spiritual connections, and frequent fasting with a consciousness of nullifying the desire for the self and increase the desire for Light and justice in the world. Our connections to the Light provide a strong shield for us from judgment inflicted in our environment.