Daily Zohar # 3920 – Tazria – Do not be like the horse or like the mule
Daily Zohar 3920
138. אָמַר רַבִּי אַבָּא, רָאִיתִי אוֹתָם בְּנֵי הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא מַשְׁגִּיחִים וְלֹא יוֹדְעִים בִּכְבוֹד רִבּוֹנָם. כָּתוּב בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל, (ויקרא כ) אֲשֶׁר הִבְדַּלְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן הָעַמִּים לִהְיוֹת לִי. וְכָתוּב (שם) וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי ה’. אִם הֵם מִתְרַחֲקִים, אֵיפֹה הַקְּדֻשָּׁה שֶׁלָּהֶם? הֲרֵי רְצוֹנָם הִתְרַחֵק מִמֶּנּוּ, וְהַכָּתוּב מַכְרִיז וְאוֹמֵר, (תהלים לב) אַל תִּהְיוּ כְּסוּס כְּפֶרֶד אֵין הָבִין. בַּמֶּה נִפְרָדִים בְּנֵי אָדָם מִסּוּס וּפֶרֶד? בִּקְדֻשַּׁת עַצְמָם, שֶׁיִּמָּצְאוּ שְׁלֵמִים וּרְשׁוּמִים מֵהַכֹּל.
Continued from previous DZ
“נֶגַע צָרַעַת כִּי תִהְיֶה בְּאָדָם וְהוּבָא אֶל הַכֹּהֵן.”
“When the leprous lesion is on a person, then he shall be brought to the priest.”
Rabbi Yitzchak says leprous lesion means harsh judgment exists in the world. Leprosy means closure, and as we have learned, it is a closure of the Supreme Light, a closure of the Supreme Good that doesn’t come down to the world.
When the lesion is on a man אדם, he is brought to the priest. The priest bestowed the ability to open the closure. He lights the candles of the Menorah that are channels for the Light of sefirot that spreads blessings to the upper and lower levels. When a man is brought to the priest, the lesion can be removed with the Light of Mercy drawn down by the priest.
Read here about the secrets of the priestly blessings, By Jeff Meiliken.
Rabbi Aba says, I see the people of the world, who do not look and do not know in honor of their Master. It is written about Israel.
“וִהְיִיתֶם לִי קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְהוָה וָאַבְדִּל אֶתְכֶם מִן הָעַמִּים לִהְיוֹת לִי.”
“And you shall be holy to Me, for I YHVH am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”
“כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי וְלֹא תְטַמְּאוּ אֶת נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל הַשֶּׁרֶץ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל הָאָרֶץ.”
“For I am YHVH your God. Therefore, you shall consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
If the children of Israel distance themselves from the Holy One, Blessed be He, then it is written.
“אַל תִּהְיוּ כְּסוּס כְּפֶרֶד אֵין הָבִין בְּמֶתֶג וָרֶסֶן עֶדְיוֹ לִבְלוֹם בַּל קְרֹב אֵלֶיךָ.”
“Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which has no understanding, Which must be harnessed with a bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.”
The Zohar asks, for what men differ from horse and mule, and answers, it is only in their holiness, to be whole and excellent above all.
Horses and mules need to be harnessed and guided for their protection and the protection of the others around them. A horse can be gentle and beautiful but need to be guided. Mules are tough and stubborn but sterile, and they can not create a continuation of life.
The priests had holiness and special abilities to draw light and bless the people. As the children of Israel, we can achieve holiness by coming closer to Hashem through the profound Torah studies. With such connection, we can cleanse all ‘lesions’ from themselves, even in our days when there are no priests to help.
Only among Jews can we find rabbis who give blessings to people who manifest miraculously. Great Kabbalists had a solid and pure connection to the secrets of the Torah that elevated them to levels of mind over matter. We can have these abilities at the time of Mashiach in our times or after the Resurrection, each on a different level depending on the vessel they built during their lifetime.
The teacher of Rabbi Shimon was Rabbi Akiva. Until The age of 40, he was a shepherd and illiterate.
Rabbi Akiva said: When I was an ignoramus, I said: Who will give me a Torah scholar so that I will bite him like a donkey? His students said to him: Master, say that you would bite him like a dog! He said to them: I specifically used that wording, like this one, a donkey, bites and breaks bones, and that one, a dog, bites but does not break bones.
The turning point in his life was when he saw water drips making a hole in the rock. His future wife saw him at that time and encouraged him to start reading and studying Torah, and in time it will penetrate him.
The spiritual technology concealed in the Torah is challenging to understand, but we never give up and continue to absorb it as much as we can. We planted the seeds, and one day the seeds would grow into great trees, and that is the secret of studying the Torah.