Daily Zohar # 3806 – Miketz – What to do to stay pure and protected
120. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ, כָּל מִי שֶׁהוּא חוֹטֵא, בְּאוֹתָם הַחֲטָאִים שֶׁדָּשׁ בָּהֶם בְּרַגְלָיו, לֹא יָדַע עֲלֵיהֶם, וּפוֹחֵד תָּמִיד. דָּוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ הָיָה תָמִיד נִשְׁמָר מֵהַחֲטָאִים הַלָּלוּ, וּכְשֶׁהָיָה יוֹצֵא לַקְּרָב, הָיָה מְפַשְׁפֵּשׁ בָּהֶם, וְעַל כֵּן לֹא פָחַד לְהִלָּחֵם עִמָּהֶם בַּקְּרָב.
121. וּבֹא רְאֵה, אַרְבָּעָה מְלָכִים הָיוּ, מַה שֶּׁבִּקֵּשׁ זֶה לֹא בִקֵּשׁ זֶה. דָּוִד אָמַר (תהלים יח) אֶרְדּוֹף אוֹיְבַי וְאַשִּׂיגֵם וְלֹא אָשׁוּב עַד כַּלּוֹתָם. מָה הַטַּעַם? מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהָיָה נִשְׁמָר מִן הַחֲטָאִים הַלָּלוּ, וְלֹא נָתַן מָקוֹם לְשׂוֹנְאָיו לִשְׁלֹט, וְעַל כֵּן רָצָה לִרְדֹּף אַחֲרֵיהֶם תָּמִיד, וְהֵם לֹא יִרְדְּפוּ אַחֲרָיו לִתְבֹּעַ אֶת חֲטָאָיו וְיִפֹּל בִּידֵיהֶם.
Continued from previous DZ
When the evil judgment reigns in the world, it doesn’t hold itself from harming everyone, good or bad. Once it has permission to inflict judgment, even the righteous ones can get hurt.
When the Right side has control, it can break the idolatrous nations, but the Holy One Blessed be He shows his mercy and doesn’t let them be destroyed. This is where we see the big difference between the mercy of the Right and the judgment of the Left.
There are sins that a person does unknowingly or treats as insignificant. The fear is that these sins go without repentance. King David was careful from such sins, and before he went to war, he looked for these types of sins to repent. Because he made repentance of his sins, he didn’t fear going to battles against his enemies.
Four kings had different approaches to going after their enemies. King David said;
“אֶרְדּוֹף אוֹיְבַי וְאַשִּׂיגֵם וְלֹא אָשׁוּב עַד כַּלּוֹתָם.”
“I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.”
He had certainty because he was careful about repenting for sins that most people disregard. By doing so, he didn’t allow his enemies to have an opening to control him. And so, he always wanted to chase after them, so they would not chase after him for his sins and fall into their hands.
Before going to war against our ‘enemies,’ we should be pure and on the Right side; otherwise, the enemy can find reasons to inflict judgment on us without mercy.
Our enemies are always around us. Every step we take toward success, the other side scans us for ‘dark’ spots and immediately uses them to enter our realm and have control.
The simple formula for success is to connect to the Right by doing good, and disconnect from the Left, judgment by avoiding negative. If we did anything that hurt another person, then we should do everything we can to repent and cleanse this dark spot from us.
The Zohar tells a story about the students of Rabbi Shimon that saw life-saving miracles happen to a simple person, even without him being aware of that. They told him what they saw and asked him what merits he had to experience such miracles. He told them that he never went to sleep before he repented and asked the people he hurt for forgiveness.
Do good and avoid bad to stay pure and protected.