Daily Zohar # 3779 – Chayei Sarah – The rungs on Abraham’s ladder
118. וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַה’ בֵּרַךְ אֶת אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה פָּתַח, (תהלים סה) אַשְׁרֵי תִבְחַר וּתְקָרֵב יִשְׁכֹּן חֲצֵרֶיךָ. הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה נִתְבָּאֵר, אֲבָל אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ שֶׁדְּרָכָיו כְּשֵׁרוֹת לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, וְהוּא הִתְרַצָּה בּוֹ לְקָרְבוֹ אֵלָיו.
119. בֹּא רְאֵה, אַבְרָהָם הִתְקָרֵב אֵלָיו, וּתְשׁוּקָתוֹ הָיְתָה כָּל יוֹם בָּזֶה. וְלֹא הִתְקָרֵב אַבְרָהָם בְּיוֹם אֶחָד אוֹ בְּפַעַם אַחַת, אֶלָּא מַעֲשָׂיו קֵרְבוּהוּ בְּכָל יָמָיו מִדַּרְגָּה לְדַרְגָּה, עַד שֶׁהִתְעַלָּה בְּדַרְגָּתוֹ.
120. כְּשֶׁהָיָה זָקֵן וְנִכְנַס לִדְרָגוֹת עֶלְיוֹנוֹת כָּרָאוּי, שֶׁכָּתוּב וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן, וְאָז בָּא בַּיָּמִים, בְּאוֹתָם יָמִים עֶלְיוֹנִים, בְּאוֹתָם יָמִים יְדוּעִים בְּסוֹד הָאֱמוּנָה. וַה’ בֵּרַךְ אֶת אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל. שֶׁמִּשָּׁם יוֹצְאוֹת כָּל הַבְּרָכוֹת וְכָל טוֹב.
Zohar Chayei Sarah
Continued from previous DZ
“וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיהוָה בֵּרַךְ אֶת אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל.”
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age (days), and YHVH had blessed Abraham in all things.”
“אַשְׁרֵי תִּבְחַר וּתְקָרֵב יִשְׁכֹּן חֲצֵרֶיךָ נִשְׂבְּעָה בְּטוּב בֵּיתֶךָ קְדֹשׁ הֵיכָלֶךָ.”
“Blessed is the man You choose And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple.”
Rabbi Yehuda opens a discussion, quoting the following verse saying; happy is a man that his ways are accepted by the Holy One Blessed be He, who wants to bring him closer to him.
Abraham came closer to the Holy One, Blessed be He. All his days were filled with the desire to get closer to him. It didn’t happen in one day or one time, but through his daily good deeds, he got closer, elevating from one level to the next until he reached a high level.
When he was old, and on his high levels, it says, “Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age (Days).” ‘Days’ refers to the supernal days that are known in the secret of faith. “and YHVH had blessed Abraham in all things” means that Hashem connected Abraham to the Yessod of the supernal Chokmah and Binah that is called ‘כל,” Everything.’ All the blessings and goodness come from this level because this source is always full and never stops.
The positive actions we do every day elevate us higher on the spiritual levels, up to the point that we can see and recognize the blessings we receive from Hashem every day. Sometimes we experience situations that could drain our energy and positivity. We tend to react to the situation negatively. These situations are the best time to stay positive, push away negative thoughts, and focus on moving forward and up toward the Light.
Storms are always close to the ground. When we ascend above the clouds, Everything is open, clear, and bright. Airplanes fly high above the clouds because there are no interferences at high altitudes. Like airplanes, we need a lot of power to ascend above the clouds but almost nothing to come down.
As we climb higher on the spiritual ladder, we become stronger in controlling reactive behavior, our certainty grows, and all challenges are temporary issues.
Abraham’s kindness and dedication on the path to be closer to HaShem elevated him to the source of all blessings. Every good deed we do is a rung on the ladder that takes us higher to that source of blessings.