Daily Zohar # 3783 – Toldot – You are a precious stone, and he loves you
90. וּבֹא וּרְאֵה, בִּזְמַן שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מְרֻצֶּה מִנִּשְׁמַת הָאָדָם לֵהָנוֹת [לְהָאִיר] בָּהּ, הוּא מַכֶּה אֶת הַגּוּף כְּדֵי שֶׁתִּשְׁלֹט הַנְּשָׁמָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי בְּעוֹד הַנְּשָׁמָה עִם הַגּוּף, הַנְּשָׁמָה לֹא יְכוֹלָה לִשְׁלֹט. שֶׁכַּאֲשֶׁר יֵשׁ רַע [נִשְׁבָּר] לַגּוּף, הַנְּשָׁמָה שׁוֹלֶטֶת. צַדִּיק יִבְחָן, מַה זֶּה צַדִּיק יִבְחָן? כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה כח) אֶבֶן בֹּחַן. כָּךְ גַּם צַדִּיק יִבְחָן, מְחַזֵּק אוֹתוֹ. כְּאֶבֶן בֹּחַן הַזּוֹ שֶׁהִיא פִּנַּת יִקְרַת, כָּךְ גַּם צַדִּיק יִבְחָן.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Shimon explains that when Hashem wants to do good for the righteous, it is written;
“וַיהוָה חָפֵץ דַּכְּאוֹ הֶחֱלִי אִם תָּשִׂים אָשָׁם נַפְשׁוֹ יִרְאֶה זֶרַע יַאֲרִיךְ יָמִים וְחֵפֶץ יְהוָה בְּיָדוֹ יִצְלָח.”
“Yet it pleased YHVH to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of YHVH shall prosper in His hand.”
The Holy One Blessed be He doesn’t want the body of a person, but his soul because the soul is like the supernal soul that is the Shechina. Even though the body is drawn from the Shechina in Malchut, and its form is in the secret of supernal spiritual design, it is still not worthy of unification with the Shechina above.
“יְהוָה צַדִּיק יִבְחָן וְרָשָׁע וְאֹהֵב חָמָס שָׂנְאָה נַפְשׁוֹ.”
“YHVH tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
When the Holy One Blessed be He wants to illuminate a person’s soul, he strikes the body and weakens it to let the soul have control. As long as the soul and the body are equal, the soul can’t have control. When the body breaks, the soul rises and controls.
“YHVH tests the righteous” is like examining a precious stone as it is written;
“לָכֵן כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנְנִי יִסַּד בְּצִיּוֹן אָבֶן אֶבֶן בֹּחַן פִּנַּת יִקְרַת מוּסָד מוּסָּד הַמַּאֲמִין לֹא יָחִישׁ.”
“Therefore thus says YHVH GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”
Hashem treats our souls like precious stones; if a stone is covered with mud and all kinds of layers that hide the inner Light then the stone is ignored, but if the stone shows its potential for great Light, Hashem polishes it with all that is necessary to reveal more of its shine and beauty.
When a person comes from darkness, walking toward the Light, every little ‘dirt’ is showing/exposed to the Light, like a tiny stain on a white garment. In the process of moving forward and higher, the light is brighter, and the soul needs extra cleaning. Hashem gives us opportunities to cleanse even small ‘spots’ we carry from previous lives.
On the first meal of Shabbat, it is customary to eat fish before the main meal. It is done to elevate the souls of Tzadikim that incarnated temporarily in the fish. The question is, why the soul of a Tzadik needs to incarnate after achieving a level of Tzadik? The answer is as we previously explained. Even in the heavens, there is a process of elevation. Each level has a brighter light than the one below it. Whatever tiny flaw was not showing before, the new Light level exposes it, and some cleansing is required before elevating higher. For that reason, the soul of a Tzadik needs to connect to a Mitzvah, like a blessing on the food, and remove the ‘spots’ that delayed his ascend.
If we feel in pain and or facing significant challenges, it means that Hashem wants us to stay strong and accept the cleansing process so we can shine brighter. We don’t run away from the difficulties because they are only temporary and for our benefit. Even if the body experiences pain or gets weaker, we know that the soul gets brighter.
Personal note: I love you all precious stones connecting to the Light of the Zohar wherever they are in the world. I thank Hashem for guiding me into this work of studying and sharing the Light of the Zohar every day.
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