Daily Zohar # 3782 – Toldot – Raise your flags
87. אֲבָל הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מְדַקְדֵּק עִם הַצַּדִּיקִים תָּמִיד בְּכָל הַמַּעֲשִׂים שֶׁהֵם עוֹשִׂים, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהוּא יוֹדֵעַ שֶׁלֹּא יִסְטוּ יָמִינָה וּשְׂמֹאלָה, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ בּוֹחֵן אוֹתָם, לֹא בִּשְׁבִילוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי הוּא יוֹדֵעַ אֶת הַיֵּצֶר וְכֹחַ הָאֱמוּנָה שֶׁלָּהֶם, אֶלָּא כְּדֵי לְהָרִים רֹאשָׁם בִּשְׁבִילָם.
88. כְּמוֹ זֶה עָשָׂה לוֹ לְאַבְרָהָם, שֶׁכָּתוּב (בראשית כב) וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת אַבְרָהָם. מַה זֶּה נִסָּה? הֲרָמַת נֵס, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה סב) הָרִימוּ נֵס, שְׂאוּ נֵס, הֵרִים דִּגְלוֹ בְּכָל הָעוֹלָם. וְאַף עַל גַּב שֶׁזֶּה נִתְבָּאֵר, בִּשְׁבִיל זֶה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא הֵרִים אֶת דִּגְלוֹ שֶׁל אַבְרָהָם בְּעֵינֵי כֻלָּם. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב נִסָּה אֶת אַבְרָהָם. אַף כָּךְ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, כְּדֵי לְהָרִים אֶת דֶּגֶל הַצַּדִּיקִים, הוּא בּוֹחֵן אוֹתָם לְהָרִים אֶת רֹאשָׁם בְּכָל הָעוֹלָם.
Continued from previous DZ
The Holy One Blessed be He is strict with every action that the righteous make. He knows that they will stay on the right path, but he keeps testing them to elevate themselves higher by the merit of overcoming the challenges he puts in front of them.
“וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי.”
“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
The word ‘test’ ‘נִסָּה’ has the letters ‘נס’ in it, and it means ‘a flag,’ as it says, ‘raise your flag.’ Because of the test given to Abraham with the binding of Isaac, the Holy One Blessed be He raised Abraham’s flag for the entire world to see. This is the additional meaning for “God tested Abraham.” It was done to elevate the ‘flags’ of the righteous and be recognized worldwide.
One of the essential steps in the spiritual growth process of a person is understanding that the challenges we go through in life are either for our correction, meaning paying debts from previous lives and for cleansing our souls. These challenges provide us with new rungs on our spiritual ladder so we can continue climbing up.
Since life in this world is temporary, the real work is for the rewards that the soul receives in the immortal state, in the heavens above, and at the Resurrection. Until then, we accept the challenges and move forward, doing the best we can. Even if we are gifted with wealth and relatively easy life, we should consider this a test. Some may think that as wealthy people, they are rewarded and don’t need to make spiritual efforts. Having wealth is a gift from Hashem and, at the same time, a big test. Money is energy, and when a person passes away, he is judged about how he used the money. The money passed to his heirs is considered as if he gave them his energy to use. If they use it negatively, it is judged for that, as long as this money exists.
Wealthy people should make wills that set a trust that they share with the family and at the same time support continuation of Light/Life and other good causes. Unplanned money left abandoned in a bank and highly taxed by the government is considered a waste of energy Hashem gave to that person.
Abraham’s tent was opened to all sides, hosting and sharing food while spreading the wisdom and faith in one God. He left for us the great inheritance of spiritual connection to the light of Chessed.