Daily Zohar # 3890 – Vayikra – How to make gold from lead and tar
Daily Zohar 3890
125. פָּתַח וְאָמַר,(שמואל-א טו)וַיֹּאמֶר שָׁאוּל אֶל הַקֵּינִי. מִי הוּא הַקֵּינִי? אֵלּוּ בְּנֵי יִתְרוֹ, חָמִיו שֶׁל מֹשֶׁה, שֶׁעָשׂוּ קֵן בַּמִּדְבָּר כְּמוֹ הַדְּרוֹר הַזֶּה, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר(תהלים פב)וּדְרוֹר קֵן לָהּ, כְּדֵי לִלְמֹד תּוֹרָה. שֶׁתּוֹרָה לֹא צְרִיכָה תַפְנוּקִים וְלֹא סְחוֹרָה, אֶלָּא לַעֲמֹל בָּהּ יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה. מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ נָסְעוּ לַמִּדְבָּר מֵהָעֹנֶג שֶׁל יְרִיחוֹ. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב(שופטים א) וּבְנֵי קֵינִי חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה עָלוּ מֵעִיר הַתְּמָרִים וְגוֹ’.
Continued from previous DZ
He told his brothers, and what is so serious about the thought of sin, that one bull should be sacrificed for it on the altar. I make a vow, and I will no longer have thought of sin in my heart.
From then on, he did his business during the day, and at night he slept, and when he awoke from his sleep, he would call his brothers, and they would teach him the words of the Torah until daylight came. He grew in his Torah studies, and they would call him Yehuda ‘the other.’
Rabbi Yeissa Sava met him one day and saw him sharing his property half for the poor and half he traded goods with merchants traveling by sea. Then he would sit and engage in Torah studies.
Yehuda had wealth and wasn’t pure with his thoughts. He assumed that offering two turtledoves to the priest would be sufficient to cleanse himself. After he changed himself, he was called Yehuda ‘the other.’ He was Yehuda before, and now he has become a different person. He was waking up after midnight to study until morning.
Those who study the Torah develop certainty in Hashem because all sustenance comes from him.
Maran Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the Shulchan Aruch, is the guide to all things related to all aspects of “do good and avoid bad.” He was a wise trader and dedicated more time studying and writing; he chose to work only one day a week. After he saw that he made significant profits during one day of work, he decided to work only one day a month, and the rest of the days he dedicated to the Torah. He continued to be very successful and decided to work only one day a year.
It happened that on his working day, he was approached by a widow that knew his trading business and offered him some heavy barrels from her basement that her late husband left behind. The barrels were full of lead and tar. Even though he was not excited about the deal, he gave the widow a reasonable price and took the barrels with him. When he started melting the lead, he discovered tremendous gold and precious stones under the lead and tar. The husband was saving a treasure without the knowledge of his wife.
Rabbi Yosef was honest, of course, and went back to the woman to tell her about the treasure he found, but the moment the woman saw him, she screamed at him and told him to leave her alone and that she didn’t want to hear anything from him. He tried to tell her about the gold, but she told him, it’s yours, go, and refused to talk to him. He went to Rabbi David ben Zimra ZT” L, who was the authority in Saffad at this time, and the old rabbi told him that since he made all the efforts to return the gold to the woman, and she refused; he could take ownership of the treasure without hesitation. Rabbi Yosef Karo respected the decision but wanted an official Jewish court on the subject. He arranged three judges to present the case, and the court decided that he was free to use the treasure as he wished.
Rabbi Yosef could now dedicate all his time to the work of the Shulchan Aruch that all jews have used for generations. He is buried next to the Holy Ari in Safed, Israel.
The story above is told by Maran Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ZT” L. The video in Hebrew
1 Samuel 15:6
“וַיֹּאמֶר שָׁאוּל אֶל הַקֵּינִי לְכוּ סֻּרוּ רְדוּ מִתּוֹךְ עֲמָלֵקִי פֶּן אֹסִפְךָ עִמּוֹ וְאַתָּה עָשִׂיתָה חֶסֶד עִם כָּל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּעֲלוֹתָם מִמִּצְרָיִם וַיָּסַר קֵינִי מִתּוֹךְ עֲמָלֵק.”
“Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart, get down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites.”
Yehuda’ the other’ quotes this verse and asks, who are the Kenites, and answers that they were the sons of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, who made a nest in the wilderness, to engage in the Torah. The Torah does not need pleasures, nor goods, but to toil in it, days and nights. And that is why they went to the desert, leaving the pleasures of Jericho as we read in;
“וּבְנֵי קֵינִי חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה עָלוּ מֵעִיר הַתְּמָרִים אֶת בְּנֵי יְהוּדָה מִדְבַּר יְהוּדָה אֲשֶׁר בְּנֶגֶב עֲרָד וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיֵּשֶׁב אֶת הָעָם.”
“Now the children of the Kenite, Moses’ father-in-law, went up from the City of Palms with the children of Judah into the Wilderness of Judah, which lies in the South near Arad, and they went and dwelt among the people.”
The study of the Torah on all levels gives inner peace and great certainty in positive outcomes in our lives. It is hard for ‘beginners,’ but they wear a different spiritual garment of protection as they grow spiritually.
Sometimes we see ‘tar’ and ‘lead’ on our path, and if we don’t run away from it, it can turn into ‘gold.’ Please don’t take this advice literally!
Many people go through hardship, but as long as they stay on the righteous path and connect to the Torah studies like the ones we do on the Daily Zohar, they can have certainty that a bright Light can be revealed on their path.
“רַבִּים מַכְאוֹבִים לָרָשָׁע וְהַבּוֹטֵחַ בַּיהוָה חֶסֶד יְסוֹבְבֶנּוּ.”
“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in YHVH, mercy shall surround him.”