Daily Zohar # 3906 – Tzav – The blessing that is like the precious oil upon the head
Daily Zohar 3906
164. רַבִּי יוֹסֵי אָמַר, וַיַּעֲמֹד הַשָּׁמֶן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאֲרוּהָ, שֶׁכָּתוּב (ישעיה ה) בְּקֶרֶן בֶּן שָׁמֶן. וְכָתוּב (שיר א) שֶׁמֶן תּוּרַק שְׁמֶךָ, לְהַרְאוֹת שֶׁהֲרֵי מֵהַשֶּׁמֶן הַזֶּה שׁוֹפְעוֹת בְּרָכוֹת עַל יַד הַכֹּהֵן, וְהַכֹּהֵן מַשְׁפִּיעַ אוֹתָן לְמַטָּה וּמוֹשֵׁחַ (וְנִמְשָׁךְ) לַזֹּאת הַזּוֹ. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב זֹאת מִשְׁחַת אַהֲרֹן וּמִשְׁחַת בָּנָיו, וְכָתוּב (תהלים קלג) כַּשֶּׁמֶן הַטּוֹב עַל הָרֹאשׁ, וַהֲרֵי נִתְבָּאֵר.
Continued from previous DZ
Please read 2 Kings 4:1-7
2 Kings 4:2
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלֶיהָ אֱלִישָׁע מָה אֶעֱשֶׂה לָּךְ הַגִּידִי לִי מַה יֶּשׁ לכי [לָךְ] בַּבָּיִת וַתֹּאמֶר אֵין לְשִׁפְחָתְךָ כֹל בַּבַּיִת כִּי אִם אָסוּךְ שָׁמֶן.”
“So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”
Rabbi Yehuda says that from this verse we learn that there is no blessing on an empty table, and on an empty thing. The woman said that all she has at home is a small jar of oil. The prophet Elisha understood that the miracle is that she had some oil at home because oil represents Chokmah which is the source of blessings. He asked her to borrow empty vessels from her neighbors and bring them inside.
2 Kings 4:5
“וַתֵּלֶךְ מֵאִתּוֹ וַתִּסְגֹּר הַדֶּלֶת בַּעֲדָהּ וּבְעַד בָּנֶיהָ הֵם מַגִּשִׁים אֵלֶיהָ וְהִיא מוֹצָקֶת.”
“So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They bring the vessels to her, and she pours.”
The verse doesn’t mention who is pouring the oil. It simply says “She pours”, because the oil came from Chokmah.
There is an important spiritual principle to learn here. To bring something from nothing we need a miracle but to draw blessings we need a good start that is a proper vessel. The prophet was happy that she had a little jar of oil because it could start the flow of blessings to her and fill up her vessels. When all vessels filled, the oil stopped, meaning, the blessings from Chokmah had nowhere to go.
When we have a meal and break the bread for the food blessing, we cut a piece from the bread, take a bite and leave a small piece to the end of the meal. Just before finishing the meal, we eat the piece that was left from the first byte to have the first blessing over the entire meal. Then we continue to do the Birkat Hamazon.
During the Shabbat, it is good to keep bread on the dinner table until after Shabbat.
The fourth meal that we do after Shabbat ends, continue the Light and blessings of the Shabbat to the rest of the week.
2 Kings 4:6
“וַיְהִי כִּמְלֹאת הַכֵּלִים וַתֹּאמֶר אֶל בְּנָהּ הַגִּישָׁה אֵלַי עוֹד כֶּלִי וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלֶיהָ אֵין עוֹד כֶּלִי וַיַּעֲמֹד הַשָּׁמֶן.”
“Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.”
Rabbi Yossi says “the oil ceased,” which tells that the oil, which is Chokmah, brings nourishment to Malchut, the vessels.
“לְרֵיחַ שְׁמָנֶיךָ טוֹבִים שֶׁמֶן תּוּרַק שְׁמֶךָ עַל כֵּן עֲלָמוֹת אֲהֵבוּךָ”
“Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you.”
The oil drawn down by Aaron from Chokmah is blessed and loved by all in Malchut.
“כַּשֶּׁמֶן הַטּוֹב עַל הָרֹאשׁ יֹרֵד עַל הַזָּקָן זְקַן אַהֲרֹן שֶׁיֹּרֵד עַל פִּי מִדּוֹתָיו.”
“It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.”
King David tells about the blessings that come with the oil of Chokmah that anointed Aaron and made him a proper channel to continue the Light of Chokmah to Malchut.
Psalm 133 has three verses and it is good to read when we wish to draw blessings from Chokmah.
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