Daily Zohar # 3976 – Shelach Lecha – Keep the angel of God in front of you
Daily Zohar 3976
174. וְעַל זֶה שָׂמַח הַמָּשִׁיחַ וְשָׂמַח רֹאשׁ הַיְשִׁיבָה, שֶׁהִתְבַּשֵּׂר בָּזֶה. וְאָמַר רֹאשׁ הַיְשִׁיבָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי דִּיֵּק לַמָּשִׁיחַ וְאָמַר, מִנַּיִן הָיָה לְדָנִיֵּאל שֶׁאָמַר, (דניאל ה) שָׁבַר מַלְכוּתְךָ לִשְׁנַיִם וְנִתְּנָה לְמָדַי וּפָרַס? מֵאוֹתָן אוֹתִיּוֹת שֶׁל וּפַרְסִין נִשְׁמַע לוֹ. וְכָאן מַהוּ? אָמַר לוֹ, כָּךְ זֶה וַדַּאי, פְּרֵס פְּרִיסַת מַלְכוּתָךְ (שָׁבַר מַלְכוּתְךָ) הָרְשָׁעָה עַל יְדֵי מָשִׁיחַ אַחֵר, וְאַחַר כָּךְ יִשְׁלֹט מֶלֶךְ פָּרַס וְיִטֹּל מַמְלָכוֹת רַבּוֹת, וְיִשְׁלֹט עַל אֶרֶץ הַקֹּדֶשׁ שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֳדָשִׁים, וְיִשְׁלֹט וְיַהֲרֹג רַבִּים וְאוֹתוֹ מָשִׁיחַ, וְאַחַר כָּךְ יִפֹּל, וִיקַבְּלוּ אֶת הַמַּלְכוּת קְדוֹשִׁים עֶלְיוֹנִים. וְעַל זֶה וּפַרְסִין, מֶלֶךְ פָּרַס נִשְׁמָע כָּאן.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיהוָה הֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵיהֶם יוֹמָם בְּעַמּוּד עָנָן לַנְחֹתָם הַדֶּרֶךְ וְלַיְלָה בְּעַמּוּד אֵשׁ לְהָאִיר לָהֶם לָלֶכֶת יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה.”
“And YHVH went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.”
The children of Israel were walking behind the cloud of Hashem that protected them.
“הֲלֹא זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְנוּ אֵלֶיךָ בְמִצְרַיִם לֵאמֹר חֲדַל מִמֶּנּוּ וְנַעַבְדָה אֶת מִצְרָיִם כִּי טוֹב לָנוּ עֲבֹד אֶת מִצְרַיִם מִמֻּתֵנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר.”
“Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”
After Israel’s complaints, we read;
“וַיִּסַּע מַלְאַךְ הָאֱלֹהִים הַהֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵי מַחֲנֵה יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֵּלֶךְ מֵאַחֲרֵיהֶם וַיִּסַּע עַמּוּד הֶעָנָן מִפְּנֵיהֶם וַיַּעֲמֹד מֵאַחֲרֵיהֶם.”
“And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.”
As we read previously (#171), the Shechina is called ‘angel’. When the Israelites expressed doubts in Hashem, they lost the protection of the Shechina as the verse says, the angel moved behind the camp of Israel. We know that this verse is the first of the three verses that make the 72 names. After the Shechina moved to the back, we need to make efforts and ‘dig’ our protection from the Torah. The main and important lesson is that we should never lose our certainty in Hashem.
(Beginning of the original Zohar text is missing here)… the Mashiach was happy about it, also, happy was the head of the Yeshiva that received the good message. He asked the Mashiach, how did Daniel know when he said;
“פְּרֵס פְּרִיסַת מַלְכוּתָךְ וִיהִיבַת לְמָדַי וּפָרָס.”
“PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
He answered that Daniel knew that from the letters “וּפַרְסִין” “and Parsin” from Daniel 5:25
“וּדְנָה כְתָבָא דִּי רְשִׁים מְנֵא מְנֵא תְּקֵל וּפַרְסִין.”
“And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin.”
This word implies the matter related to King Mashiach. It alludes to the Persian king that would conquer many kingdoms and rule them. He would also rule over the Holy Land for twelve months and kill many, Mashiach son of Joseph may be among them. And then the king of Persia will fall, and the supreme Holy ones will receive the kingdom. And so here too, the word “וּפַרְסִין” “and Parsin” means that he is the king of Persia.
I believe that the missing Zohar text above was related to a greater secret related to the coming of Mashiach, and the original editors removed it to protect the people.
We should be VERY CAREFUL about following predictions and interpretations of events like the coming of Mashiach. Many great righteous people of the past predicted dates and or periods of time for the possible coming of Mashiach but none of them so far was accurate. The coming of Mashiach is a secret that ONLY Hashem knows. We get hints and messages only to encourage us to be on the righteous path and focus on our corrections to be ready for final judgment day.
We all feel that the time has come, because of the great evil that spreads everywhere around the world. We want to believe that the Final Redemption would come soon because Hashem would not let his world fall into the hands of the evil side.
Nevertheless, we should not focus on the evil deeds that are complete darkness but turn to the Light to have the protection of the Shechina walking in front of us to shine light and remove all evil from our path.
A friend purchased a gun for his protection and practiced using it. I recommended to him to keep with his daily studies and wear a Tzitzit because the Light we gather with our studies and Tzedakah would keep us away from places where we need to use a gun for protection.
The Daily Zohar studies, as well as other Torah studies, are important to have the protection we need.