Daily Zohar # 3938 – Kedoshim – Arrows of supreme love
Daily Zohar 3938
75. כְּמוֹ זֶה, (בראשית כז) וַיֹּאמֶר רְאֵה רֵיחַ בְּנִי כְּרֵיחַ שָׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר בֵּרֲכוֹ ה’. מַשְׁמָע שֶׁנִּכְנַס עִם יַעֲקֹב גַּן עֵדֶן, שֶׁהוּא שְׂדֵה הַתַּפּוּחִים הַקְּדוֹשִׁים. וְכִי אֵיךְ יָכוֹל גַּן עֵדֶן לְהִכָּנֵס עִמּוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי גַּן עֵדֶן כַּמָּה הוּא גָּדוֹל בָּרֹחַב וּבָאֹרֶךְ, כַּמָּה מִינִים שֶׁל בָּתִּים עֶלְיוֹנִים קְדוֹשִׁים, דְּרָגוֹת עַל דְּרָגוֹת, מְדוֹרִים עַל מְדוֹרִים יֵשׁ שָׁם?
Because the last holiday fell on Shabbat we have different Torah readings outside Israel. In Israel, we read the portion of Emor, and outside Israel, Kedoshim. After Kedoshim come the portions of Emor, Behar, and Bechukotai that complete the book of Leviticus. We completed the study of Zohar Behar and Bechukotai. Also completed the study of Bamidbar that starts the book of Numbers. We will continue with the study of Emor for the next four weeks, until the holiday of Shavuot. Then continue with the study of Naso.
Continued from previous DZ
And the beauty of this David shines to all worlds. His gold head is embroidered with seven ornaments of seven kinds of gold, as we previously learned (Yitro #211). Out of his love for the Holy One Blessed be He, David said, “turn to me, and have mercy on me!”, so the Holy One would look at him, at his eyes that represent Malchut. The eyes are beautiful in everything, as it is written,
“הָסֵבִּי עֵינַיִךְ מִנֶּגְדִּי שֶׁהֵם הִרְהִיבֻנִי שַׂעְרֵךְ כְּעֵדֶר הָעִזִּים שֶׁגָּלְשׁוּ מִן הַגִּלְעָד.”
“Turn your eyes away from me, For they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats Going down from Gilead.”
It means that when these eyes of Malchut look at the Holy One Blessed be He, love is awakened and his heart launches arrows from the supreme love. And from the flames of the supreme love, HaShem said, “Turn your eyes away from me.”, meaning turn the eyes to another side, because they burn in him the flame of love.
It is written about David;
1 Samuel 16:12
“וַיִּשְׁלַח וַיְבִיאֵהוּ וְהוּא אַדְמוֹנִי עִם יְפֵה עֵינַיִם וְטוֹב רֹאִי וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה קוּם מְשָׁחֵהוּ כִּי זֶה הוּא.”
“So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And YHVH said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”
And because of the supreme beauty of this David, whom God’s love and desire to cling to, said David “Turn to me, and have mercy on me!”
In a similar way, when Jacob went to his father Isaac to receive blessings, it is written;
“וַיִּגַּשׁ וַיִּשַּׁק לוֹ וַיָּרַח אֶת רֵיחַ בְּגָדָיו וַיְבָרֲכֵהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר רְאֵה רֵיחַ בְּנִי כְּרֵיחַ שָׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר בֵּרֲכוֹ יְהוָה.”
“And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said: Surely, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field Which YHVH has blessed.”
When Jacob entered his father’s room, Isaac smelled the “field of holy apples”, which is a reference to the Garden of Eden.
The Zohar asks how can it be that the Garden of Eden which is vast in all directions, levels, sections, and palaces can enter with Jacob into Isaac’s room.