Daily Zohar # 3967 – Naso – This is the way you shall bless
Daily Zohar 3967
146. מֵהַכֹּ”ה הַזֹּאת מִתְעוֹרְרִים הַדִּינִים, וּמִשֶּׁהִתְחַבֵּר עִמָּהּ חֶסֶד, מִתְבַּשֶּׂמֶת. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ נִמְסָר זֶה לַכֹּהֵן שֶׁבָּא מֵחֶסֶד, כְּדֵי שֶׁתִּתְבָּרֵךְ וְתִתְבַּשֵּׂם כֹּ”ה. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב כֹּה תְבָרֲכוּ. כְּלוֹמַר, אַף עַל גַּב שֶׁהַכֹּה הַזֹּאת נִמְצֵאת בְּדִינִים, תְּבַשְּׂמוּ אוֹתָהּ וּתְבָרְכוּ אוֹתָהּ, שֶׁכָּתוּב כֹּה תְבָרֲכוּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. תְּבָרְכוּ בְחֶסֶד זֶה אֶת כֹּ”ה, וּתְבַשְּׂמוּ אוֹתָהּ מוּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יִמָּצְאוּ בָהּ דִּינִים.
Continued from previous DZ
The priests received instructions to bless the people of Israel using the holy tongue and with humility as it is written, “In this way (כֹּה) you shall bless the sons of Israel.”.
Malchut is called ‘כֹּה’ where we have holiness, awe, and humility. Rabbi Aba said that all judgments are awakened from ‘כֹּה’ because it is related to the word ‘כהה’ that means ‘dark,’ having no light.
Numbers 11:33 “וַיַּ֤ךְ יְהֹוָה֙ בָּעָ֔ם מַכָּ֖ה רַבָּ֥ה מְאֹֽד” “and YHVH struck the people with a very great plague (מַכָּ֖ה).”
Rabbi Elazar explains that the word ‘מַכָּ֖ה’ ‘plague’ means ‘from כה.’ Hashem instructed Moses to threaten Pharaoh with the name ‘כה’ as written in Exodus 7:16
“וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי הָעִבְרִים שְׁלָחַנִי אֵלֶיךָ לֵאמֹר שַׁלַּח אֶת עַמִּי וְיַעַבְדֻנִי בַּמִּדְבָּר וְהִנֵּה לֹא שָׁמַעְתָּ עַד כֹּה.”
“And you shall say to him, ‘YHVH God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness”; but indeed, until now (כֹּה) you would not hear!”
“כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה בְּזֹאת תֵּדַע כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי מַכֶּה בַּמַּטֶּה אֲשֶׁר בְּיָדִי עַל הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר בַּיְאֹר וְנֶהֶפְכוּ לְדָם.”
“Thus says YHVH: “By this (זֹאת) you shall know that I am YHVH. Behold, I will strike (מַכֶּה) the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood.”
Pharaoh ignored the threats from Malchut that is called ‘כה’ and ‘זֹאת’ that was ready to destroy Egypt.
“וַיִּפֶן פַּרְעֹה וַיָּבֹא אֶל בֵּיתוֹ וְלֹא שָׁת לִבּוֹ גַּם לָזֹאת.”
“And Pharaoh turned and went into his house. Neither was his heart moved by this.”
From ‘כה’ comes judgments, but when there is a connection to Chessed, Judgements in Malchut are sweetened. For that reason, the priests were given the mission to bless Israel as it is written;
“דַּבֵּר אֶל אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר כֹּה תְבָרְכוּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אָמוֹר לָהֶם.”
“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:”
The priests, with their Chassadim, remove judgments from the people in Malchut.