Daily Zohar # 3805 – Miketz – Start with your right
Daily Zohar 3805
117. הֲרֵי שָׁנִינוּ, שֶׁכְּשֶׁאָדָם קָם בַּבֹּקֶר, צָרִיךְ לִרְחֹץ יָדָיו מִתּוֹךְ נַטְלָה שֶׁל מַיִם, שֶׁהוּא כְּלִי לִטֹּל מִמֶּנּוּ מַיִם, מִתּוֹךְ מִי שֶׁרָחַץ יָדוֹ בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאֲרוּהוּ. וּבֹא רְאֵה, בִּשְׁבִיל הַנַּטְלָה הַזּוֹ בֵּאַרְנוּ אֶת הַדָּבָר.
118. וְעוֹד, שֶׁצָּרִיךְ אָדָם לִטֹּל יַד יָמִין בִּשְׂמֹאל, כְּדֵי לְהַשְׁלִיט יָמִין עַל שְׂמֹאל, וְיִרְחַץ הַיָּמִין מִן הַשְּׂמֹאל, וּמִשּׁוּם זֶה הִיא נְטִילָה. וְעַל כֵּן מִי שֶׁנּוֹטֵל יָדוֹ, יִטֹּל יָמִין בִּשְׂמֹאל, לְהַשְׁלִיט הַיָּמִין עַל הַשְּׂמֹאל, כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יִתֵּן מָקוֹם לַיֵּצֶר הָרָע לִשְׁלֹט כְּלָל, וְהִנֵּה בֵּאַרְנוּ.
A person gets support on the path he chooses to walk. If he wants to be purified, he gets much assistance. Those who defile their ways invite packs of fiends to add impurities upon them.
We learned that when w person wakes up in the morning, he should wash his hands from a vessel of water (Natlan, נַטְלָה שֶׁל מַיִם). As we explained, we take the vessel from a hand that was already purified.
This explanation is to teach us the use of the Natlan for the morning hand washing.
We also learned that the purpose of the Netila is for the Left to give control to the Right by serving it. Therefore, the left hand is first to pour water on the right hand to disable the ability of the evil inclination to rule. It means that, as we know, the other side has control over the left line but not over the right line. When the Left serves the Right, the other side also loses control over the Left.
This study teaches us an important spiritual principle. To avoid negative influence on us, we block the Left to give control to the Right. We start new actions with the Right; even when we do a Mitzvah, we thank Hashem for giving us the ability and power to do the right things. It empowers the Right with Chassadim from above.
The 18 morning blessings are a series of thanks to Hashem for what we have and what we will do during the day. The morning is the time of the Right when the Light of Chassadim is revealed in the world. The morning blessings give us control over the Left and better control over our evil inclination.
Everyone knows the saying, “start with the right foot,” to succeed in what we do. But as students of the Zohar, we know how to connect to the Right on a higher level.
Zohar Pinchas #489 teaches us that thoughts is the aspect of יהוה YHVH that is Right and mercy, and the action is אדני ADNY that is Left and judgment. When we give priority to the Right, YHVH, we can follow with the action and have success.