Daily Zohar – Tikunim – #374 – Poverty, Matzah and Redemption
Tikkun 21 – 115
(Continuing previous Daily Zohar subject # 366 on)
Jonah 2:1 “וַיְמַן יְהוָה דָּג גָּדוֹל, לִבְלֹעַ אֶת-יוֹנָה”
“And YHVH prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah”
The Zohar gives us another aspect of understanding to this verse.
The fish that swallowed Jonah represents a state of poverty and sadness. דג is fish and when we add ה we have דגה, which is female fish.
The ה at the end of a word of a name or object represents a female aspect of it.
When Jonah disconnected himself from his correction process he fell into the lowest level and experienced great lack of light, which is poverty.
After he realized his poor state, he prayed to YHVH from the belly of the fish, דגה and God told the fish to throw up Jonah out to a dry land.
When we are in a state of poverty, we feel the lack of the light that is the only thing that can fulfill our soul. The light’s main ingredient is pure love and the more we connect to it we feel it strongly.
I remember that years ago when Mother Teresa visited New York, she said that the true hunger in the world is the hunger for love. These words came from a woman that dealt with so many hungry people for food around the world. This great woman with her unconditional love saw the real truth.
2 Samuel 22:28 “ וְאֶת-עַם עָנִי, תּוֹשִׁיעַ”
“and a poor nation you will save”
King David, which is Malchut and the aspect of poorness and humility, sang this to YHVH after he saved him from King Saul who was looking to kill him.
The Zohar relates Jonah’s prophecy as the prophecy to the future redemption. When we feel the lack of the light as poor people and put our desire for it like a Tzadik who always seeks the light, then we will see the light of redemption.
The Matzah we eat on Pesach represents the poorness of the Israelites before leaving Egypt. That brought about the great light of the first redemption and the receiving of the Torah.
In the future, that poorness in our heart will create the greater desire for the light and will bring about the redemption and the Third Holy Temple.