Daily Zohar # 3867 – Tetzaveh – If we fell and got dirty
Daily Zohar 3867
112. כִּפּוּר, מַדּוּעַ נִקְרָא כִּפּוּר? אֶלָּא מִפְּנֵי שֶׁמְּנַקֶּה כָּל טֻמְאָה וּמַעֲבִיר אוֹתָהּ מִלְּפָנָיו בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא. וְעַל זֶה יוֹם כִּפּוּר יוֹם שֶׁל נִקָּיוֹן, וְכָךְ קוֹרְאִים לוֹ, שֶׁכָּתוּב (ויקרא טז) כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם לְטַהֵר אֶתְכֶם. כִּי הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה צָרִיךְ לוֹ לִכְתֹּב! מַה זֶּה כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה? אֶלָּא מִשּׁוּם שֶׁמְּטַהֵר מִקְדָּשׁ לְמַעְלָה וּמִתְנַקֶּה (וּמֵאִיר), כָּתוּב כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם. יְכַפֵּר וִינַקֶּה בַתְּחִלָּה בַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה, כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּטְהַר, וּלְבַסּוֹף עֲלֵיכֶם.
Continued from previous DZ
Even though the male goat is part of the other side, there is a secret in the impure side. All lower levels have impurity; the deeper it gets, the greater the impurity. For that reason, the other side has a bigger part in the goat because its hair hangs down more than any other animal. The judgments of the other side depend on the impurity depth level.
The impurity of the king of the evil kingdom is clearer and more refined than the complete impurity of the levels below him. He receives a male goat so he won’t get stronger by connecting to the lower levels of the other side.
“כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם לְטַהֵר אֶתְכֶם מִכֹּל חַטֹּאתֵיכֶם לִפְנֵי יְהוָה תִּטְהָרוּ.”
“For on that day, the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before YHVH.”
Yom Kippur is called so because it is a day of cleansing that removes all impurities from us.
“For on that day” refers to the Holy Temple on the supernal level that was purified and illuminated. At this stage, it can cleanse and purify us below.
When we study about Yom Kippur, we connect to the cleansing power of that day, and the other side can’t touch us. For that reason, before his wedding, a groom makes a prayer connection to Yom Kippur, and it purifies him before the holy bond and earns him another soul level.
We learn from this Zohar that lower levels have greater impurity. If we fell down and got ‘dirty,’ we can still look at the sky and ask for a ‘lift’ to shed our soiled spiritual garment.
“אִם אֶסַּק שָׁמַיִם שָׁם אָתָּה וְאַצִּיעָה שְּׁאוֹל הִנֶּךָּ.”
“If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
No matter at what level we find ourselves, in our mind and consciousness, we can make a Yom Kippur connection by thinking ‘white’ and looking up to the blue sky; that is the aspect of Malchut in purity. Hashem is everywhere, and we just made a connection to him.