Daily Zohar # 3877 – Vayakhel – We stand for these blessings
Daily Zohar 3877
112. עַכְשָׁו שֶׁהַמֶּלֶךְ הָעֶלְיוֹן וְהַגְּבִירָה הֵם בְּחִבּוּר אֶחָד בְּשִׂמְחָה בְּאוֹתָן נְשִׁיקוֹת – מִי שֶׁצָּרִיךְ לְבַקֵּשׁ בַּקָּשׁוֹת, יְבַקֵּשׁ, שֶׁהֲרֵי אָז שְׁעַת רָצוֹן הִיא. כֵּיוָן שֶׁשּׁוֹאֵל אָדָם שְׁאֵלוֹתָיו מִלִּפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהַגְּבִירָה, אָז יַתְקִין עַצְמוֹ בִּרְצוֹנוֹ וְלִבּוֹ לְשָׁלֹשׁ אֲחֵרוֹת לְעוֹרֵר שִׂמְחָה שֶׁבַּסֵּתֶר, שֶׁהֲרֵי מֵאֵלּוּ הַשָּׁלֹשׁ הוּא מִתְבָּרֵךְ בִּדְבֵקוּת אַחֶרֶת. וְיַתְקִין אָדָם אֶת עַצְמוֹ לָצֵאת מִפְּנֵיהֶם, וּלְהַנִּיחָם בְּשִׂמְחָה גְּנוּזָה שֶׁל אֵלּוּ הַשָּׁלֹשׁ. וְעִם כָּל זֶה, שֶׁיִּהְיֶה רְצוֹנוֹ שֶׁיִּתְבָּרְכוּ הַתַּחְתּוֹנִים מֵאוֹתָן בְּרָכוֹת שֶׁל שִׂמְחָה נִסְתֶּרֶת.
Continued from previous DZ
“שְׂמֹאלוֹ תַּחַת לְרֹאשִׁי וִימִינוֹ תְּחַבְּקֵנִי.”
“His left hand is under my head, And his right-hand embraces me.”
When we raise for the Amida prayer, we stand with fear and trembling because we are in front of the supernal King. He reached his right hand to the Shechina at the time of the blessing of “מגן אברהם,” “Shield of Abraham” that is the secret of the Right column. Then “His left hand is under my head” in the blessing of “אתה גבור לעולם” “You are Mighty forever” that is the Left column. Then both embrace each other and kiss in the blessing of “המלך הקדוש” “Blessed are you, YHVH, the Holy King” that is the center column.
These are the first three blessings of the Amida. We should have the consciousness, words, and heart as one to properly connect to the prayer.
Now that the King and Malchut, the Shechina, are in unity and joy, it is time for us to ask the Holy King and the Queen for our needs that are expressed with the 12 blessings that follow the first three. Then the person prepares himself, his will, and his heart for the last three blessings to evoke the joy in concealment. Because of the three blessings, he is blessed with another devotion, which is the secret of their unification. And so it should be his wish that the lower levels be blessed with those blessings of this joy.
The first three blessings connect us to the upper three sefirot using the three columns established by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The 12 blessings that follow describe everything we need in this world, starting with asking for wisdom and knowledge, then asking for Teshuva, forgiveness, redemption, health, sustenance, and more. The Amida prayer covers all aspects of our needs. We should make it with awe and fear because we stand before the Holy King, asking for our needs. When we assemble to have at least ten men praying together, we pray the Amida individually in silence. The prayer leader then repeats the Amida aloud to include all the individual prayers together. Even those who don’t understand the Amida prayer can be part of the whole, and when they hear the name of God and respond with “ברוך הוא וברוך שמו” “Blessed he and blessed his name,” and say Amen at the end of each blessing, they draw the Light into the different vessels created by the blessings.