Daily Zohar # 3785 – Toldot – How to deal with ‘hunger’
94. בָּא אַבְרָהָם, הִתְעַלָּה בַּחָכְמָה, וְהִסְתַּכֵּל בִּכְבוֹד רִבּוֹנוֹ. אַחַר כָּךְ וַיְהִי רָעָב בָּאָרֶץ וַיֵּרֶד אַבְרָם מִצְרַיְמָה לָגוּר שָׁם כִּי כָבֵד הָרָעָב בָּאָרֶץ וְגוֹ’. מַה כָּתוּב אַחַר כָּךְ? וַיַּעַל אַבְרָם מִמִּצְרַיִם הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְכָל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ וְלוֹט עִמּוֹ הַנֶּגְבָּה, וְהִתְעַלָּה לְדַרְגָּתוֹ הָרִאשׁוֹנָה שֶׁהָיְתָה בּוֹ בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, וְנִכְנַס בְּשָׁלוֹם וְיָצָא בְשָׁלוֹם.
95. בָּא יִצְחָק, מַה כָּתוּב? וַיְהִי רָעָב בָּאָרֶץ מִלְּבַד הָרָעָב הָרִאשׁוֹן וְגוֹ’, וְהָלַךְ יִצְחָק וְהִתְעַלָּה מִשָּׁם אַחַר כָּךְ בְּשָׁלוֹם. וְאֶת כָּל הַצַּדִּיקִים בּוֹחֵן הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, כְּדֵי לְהָרִים אֶת רֹאשָׁם בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וּבָעוֹלָם הַבָּא.
Continued from previous DZ
Abraham came to the world and observed the revelations of the Creator in this world. His hunger for knowledge elevated him higher on the levels of wisdom.
“וַיְהִי רָעָב בָּאָרֶץ וַיֵּרֶד אַבְרָם מִצְרַיְמָה לָגוּר שָׁם כִּי כָבֵד הָרָעָב בָּאָרֶץ.”
“Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.”
“וַיַּעַל אַבְרָם מִמִּצְרַיִם הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְכָל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ וְלוֹט עִמּוֹ הַנֶּגְבָּה.”
“Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South.”
Abraham went down to Egypt and then came up. It means that he didn’t lose his level going down to Egypt. He returned in peace to the level he achieved before.
“וַיְהִי רָעָב בָּאָרֶץ מִלְּבַד הָרָעָב הָרִאשׁוֹן אֲשֶׁר הָיָה בִּימֵי אַבְרָהָם וַיֵּלֶךְ יִצְחָק אֶל אֲבִימֶּלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ פְּלִשְׁתִּים גְּרָרָה.”
“There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, in Gerar.”
When Isaac went to Gerar, he experienced a test with Avimelech the king. He returned from there in peace, and elevation to a higher level.
The holy one blessed be he tests all the Tzadikim to help them in the process of elevation in this world and the world to come.
A famine is a situation that drives people to relocate and seek food.
To help us achieve spiritual elevations, Hashem creates for us different states of ‘hunger’, which is a lack of fulfillment in different areas of our lives. It could be related to sustenance, health, and relationships.
To achieve fulfillment in this world, we go ‘down to the point of understanding that the root of our ‘emptiness’, is lack of Light. We go up with the realization that everything is from the holy one blessed be he. We use the spiritual tools to elevate ourselves to the place where we can draw Light of fulfillment.
There are stories about Tzadikim that used to dig their own graves and visit them from time to time to go ‘down’ and keep the understanding that life on earth is temporary. It would give them a greater desire to connect to the Light and elevate themselves spiritually higher.
The most difficult hunger is the hunger for love that comes from the Light, not from the physical. Those who experience the pain of loneliness, even if they have a spouse and are socially active, can find comfort with the love of Hashem that we can achieve when we love him.
When we learn to love the Light and connect to him with our studies and prayers, we can achieve a peaceful life and fulfillment in everything that is good for us.
Hashem knows what is good for us, and if we are on the elevated path and still don’t get what we desire, we can be certain that it is either not good for us, or the time for it hasn’t come yet.
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