Daily Zohar # 3816 – Vayigash – I will go down with you
Daily Zohar 3816
120. וַיֹּאמֶר אָנֹכִי הָאֵל אֱלֹהֵי אָבִיךָ. מָה הַטַּעַם? מִשּׁוּם שֶׁצַּד הַקְּדֻשָּׁה שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה כָּךְ הוּא, שֶׁהֲרֵי צַד הַטֻּמְאָה לֹא מַזְכִּיר אֶת שֵׁם הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, וְכָל צַד הַקְּדֻשָּׁה נִזְכָּר בִּשְׁמוֹ. אָנֹכִי אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ מִצְרַיְמָה וְגוֹ’. מִכָּאן שֶׁשְּׁכִינָה יָרְדָה עִמּוֹ בַּגָּלוּת, וּבְכָל מָקוֹם שֶׁיִּשְׂרָאֵל גָּלוּ – שְׁכִינָה גָּלְתָה עִמָּהֶם, וְהִנֵּה פֵּרְשׁוּהָ.
121. בֹּא רְאֵה, כַּמָּה עֲגָלוֹת הָיוּ? שֵׁשׁ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (במדבר ז) שֵׁשׁ עֶגְלוֹת צָב. דָּבָר אַחֵר, שִׁשִּׁים הָיוּ, וְהַכֹּל סוֹד אֶחָד. בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה כָּתוּב בָּעֲגָלוֹת אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח יוֹסֵף, וּלְבַסּוֹף – אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח פַּרְעֹה. אֶלָּא כֻּלָּם שֶׁשָּׁלַח יוֹסֵף הָיוּ בַּחֶשְׁבּוֹן כָּרָאוּי, וְאוֹתָם שֶׁשָּׁלַח פַּרְעֹה יוֹתֵר מֵהֶם, לֹא הָיוּ בְּסוֹד זֶה וְלֹא הָיוּ בַּחֶשְׁבּוֹן.
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיִּסַּע יִשְׂרָאֵל וְכָל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ וַיָּבֹא בְּאֵרָה שָּׁבַע וַיִּזְבַּח זְבָחִים לֵאלֹהֵי אָבִיו יִצְחָק.”
“So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac.”
We read that Jacob, who is Israel, offered sacrifices to ‘the God of his father, Isaac.’ He wanted to awaken the Left that is the side of Isaac in the secret of love to the Nukva, that is (אהבת דודים) the love that comes from Chokmah through the Left to Malchut.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים לְיִשְׂרָאֵל בְּמַרְאֹת הַלַּיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב יַעֲקֹב וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי.”
“Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.”
The word ‘visions’ is written ‘בְּמַרְאֹת,’ missing the letter Vav’ ו.’ It makes it singular, female, and an aspect called ‘the vision of the night.’
This verse tells us that God revealed himself to Israel on the higher level and connected to him in the level of Malchut, “vision of the night,” when he called him, “Jacob Jacob!”.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אָנֹכִי הָאֵל אֱלֹהֵי אָבִיךָ אַל תִּירָא מֵרְדָה מִצְרַיְמָה כִּי לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל אֲשִׂימְךָ שָׁם.”
“So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear going down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.”
He asks, what is the point of reminding him of his name, ‘אָנֹכִי,’ ‘I Am,’ and replies because the holy side above does so. For the side of impurity does not mention the name of the Holy One Blessed be He, while every holy side is mentioned with its name.
“אָנֹכִי אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ מִצְרַיְמָה וְאָנֹכִי אַעַלְךָ גַם עָלֹה וְיוֹסֵף יָשִׁית יָדוֹ עַל עֵינֶיךָ.”
“I (‘אָנֹכִי’) will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again, and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes.”
This verse tells us that the Shechina (‘אָנֹכִי’) went down with Jacob to Egypt. Wherever Israel went into exile, the Shechina accompanied them.
He asked, how many carts were there?. He answers that there were six as it is writing “six covered carts” (Numbers 7:3)
Another explanation says that there were 60 carts, and both are in the same secret. The six implies the six sefirot of Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, and Yessod. The 60 carts are the same sefirot counting the ten sefirot that each includes.
It is first written, “Carts that Joseph sent” (Genesis 45:27), then “carts that Pharaoh sent” (Genesis 46:5). Joseph sent the correct number, and the carts that Pharaoh sent were out of the count as they were in the aspect of Ox, Cow, and Calf, not with the aspect of ‘Heifers’ as Joseph sent.
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