Daily Zohar # 3818 – Vayechi – Collect your Daily Manna
Daily Zohar 3818
124. יוֹם אֶחָד נִרְדַּם תַּחַת עֵץ וְרָאָה בַּחֲלוֹמוֹ אַרְבַּע כְּנָפָיִם מְתֻקָּנוֹת וְעוֹלֶה עֲלֵיהֶן רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן וְסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה עִמּוֹ, וְלֹא הִשְׁאִיר כָּל סִפְרֵי הַסּוֹדוֹת הָעֶלְיוֹנִים וְאַגָּדָה שֶׁלֹּא הֶעֱלָה אוֹתָם עִמּוֹ, וְהֶעֱלָה אוֹתָם [וְהֶעֱלוּ אוֹתוֹ] לָרָקִיעַ, וְרָאָה שֶׁהוּא מִתְכַּסֶּה מֵהָעֵינַיִם וְלֹא הִתְגַּלָּה.
125. כְּשֶׁהִתְעוֹרֵר, אָמַר, וַדַּאי מִשֶּׁמֵּת רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, הַחָכְמָה הִסְתַּלְּקָה מִן הָאָרֶץ. אוֹי לְדוֹר שֶׁהָאֶבֶן הַטּוֹבָה הַזּוֹ, שֶׁהָיוּ נִרְאִים [מִתְאַחֲדִים] מִמֶּנָּה וְסוֹמְכִים עָלֶיהָ עֶלְיוֹנִים וְתַחְתּוֹנִים, נֶאֶבְדָה מֵהֶם.
126. בָּא אֶל רַבִּי אַבָּא, סִפֵּר לוֹ. הֵרִים רַבִּי אַבָּא אֶת יָדָיו עַל רֹאשׁוֹ וּבָכָה וְאָמַר, רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן רֵחַיִם שֶׁטּוֹחֲנוֹת מִמֶּנּוּ מָן טוֹב כָּל יוֹם וְלוֹקְטִים אוֹתוֹ, כַּכָּתוּב (במדבר יא) הַמַּמְעִיט אָסַף עֲשָׂרָה חֳמָרִים, וְעַכְשָׁו הָרֵחַיִם וְהַמָּן הִסְתַּלְּקוּ וְלֹא נִשְׁאָר מִמֶּנּוּ בָּעוֹלָם, פְּרָט לְמַה שֶּׁכָּתוּב (שמות טז) קַח צִנְצֶנֶת אַחַת וְתֶן שָׁמָּה מְלֹא הָעֹמֶר מָן וְהַנַּח אוֹתוֹ לִפְנֵי ה’ לְמִשְׁמֶרֶת. וְאִלּוּ בְּהִתְגַּלּוּת לֹא כָתוּב אֶלָּא לְמִשְׁמֶרֶת, לְהַצְנָעָה. עַכְשָׁו מִי יָכוֹל לְגַלּוֹת סוֹדוֹת וּמִי יֵדַע אוֹתָם.
Continued from previous DZ
One day Rabbi Yehuda slept under a tree and saw in his dream that four wings were being made, and Rabbi Shimon climbed on them, and a Torah scroll with him, and he did not leave any of the supernal secrets and legends, which he did not raise with him. He raised them to heaven and saw that they were covered from the eye and not visible.
When he woke up, he said, surely since the death of Rabbi Shimon, the wisdom departed from the land. Woe to the generation that the precious stone they were clinging to and trusted by the upper and lower levels was lost from them.
Rabbi Yehuda came before Rabbi Aba and told him what had happened. Rabbi Abba put his hands on his head and wept. And he said, we lost the grinding stones that grind Manna every day, that is, the revelation of the secrets of the Torah. The gifts from above for us to collect as it is written; (Numbers 11:32) “הַמַּמְעִיט אָסַף עֲשָׂרָה חֳמָרִים” “least gathered ten homers (1 Homer = about 250 liters).”
And now that the grinding stones and the Mannah was removed from the world, and nothing left, except what is written;
“וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל אַהֲרֹן קַח צִנְצֶנֶת אַחַת וְתֶן שָׁמָּה מְלֹא הָעֹמֶר מָן וְהַנַּח אֹתוֹ לִפְנֵי יְהוָה לְמִשְׁמֶרֶת לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם.”
“And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it, and lay it up before YHVH, to be kept for your generations.”
It says “to be kept,” meaning it would not be in the open but in a hidden place. And now, who knows the secret and who can reveal them.
This Zohar is a discussion between the students after the passing of Rabbi Shimon. They describe Rabbi Shimon as a Grinding Stone that breaks the Torah open and reveals its secrets described as Manna. The Manna was food from the heavens and contained the life force that sustained the people in the wilderness on their way to the Holy Land.
Studying the Zohar is like using the Grinding Stone of rabbi Shimon and picking up the Manna that is the Torah secrets he revealed to us. This type of food is our spiritual Manna that sustains our souls in this world, and it is kept with us for the world to come.
We studied before that we never lose any of our studies that have the aspect of Manna. At the time of the Resurrection, all our studies in their complete form would be part of us.
The Mannah saved in the jar comes from the heavens, and it is an endless source of life force. All we need is to collect it with our Zohar studies.