Daily Zohar # 3980 – Shelach Lecha – A loving deer and a graceful doe
Daily Zohar 3980
184. בֵּין כָּךְ רָאָה כַּמָּה דְמֻיּוֹת שֶׁל חֲבֵרִים סְבִיבוֹ. אָמַר לוֹ, אַל תִּירָא בַּר יוֹחַאי, אַל תִּפְחַד מְנוֹרָה קְדוֹשָׁה, כְּתֹב וּשְׂמַח תּוֹךְ שִׂמְחַת רִבּוֹנְךָ. כָּתַב כָּל הַדְּבָרִים הַלָּלוּ שֶׁשָּׁמַע בְּאוֹתוֹ לַיְלָה, וְלָמַד בָּהֶם וְעָסַק בָּהֶם, וְלֹא שָׁכַח דָּבָר. וְאוֹתוֹ נֵר הֵאִיר לְפָנָיו כָּל אוֹתוֹ הַלַּיְלָה עַד שֶׁהִגִּיעַ הַבֹּקֶר. כְּשֶׁהִגִּיעַ הַבֹּקֶר, הֵרִים עֵינָיו, וְרָאָה אוֹר אֶחָד שֶׁהָיָה מֵאִיר בָּרָקִיעַ. הוֹרִיד עֵינָיו לְמַטָּה. חָזַר כְּמִקֹּדֶם וְרָאָה אוֹר בְּכָל הָרָקִיעַ שֶׁמֵּאִיר וְעוֹלֶה בְּאוֹתוֹ אוֹר דְּמוּת הַבַּיִת בְּכַמָּה צִיּוּרִים. שָׂמַח רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, וּלְפִי רֶגַע נִגְנַז כָּל אוֹתוֹ הָאוֹר.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
“אַיֶּלֶת אֲהָבִים וְיַעֲלַת חֵן דַּדֶּיהָ יְרַוֻּךָ בְכָל עֵת בְּאַהֲבָתָהּ תִּשְׁגֶּה תָמִיד.”
“As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.”
Rabbi Shimon quotes this verse, expressing his love for the Torah, saying, Torah Torah, Light of all worlds, how many seas, rivers, and springs spread from you to all directions. Upper and lower levels depend on the supreme Light that comes from you.
What can we tell you, loving deer and a graceful doe. Those who love you are above and below. Who has the merit to nurse from you properly? Torah Torah, you are the amusements of your Master. Who can reveal and say your concealed secrets? He cried and put his head between his knees and kissed the ground.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Shimon saw some forms of the friends around him. They said to him, do not be afraid, son of Yochai, do not be afraid of the Holy Light, write and rejoice in the joy of your Master.
Rabbi Shimon wrote all these things he heard that night, repeated them, meditated on them, and forgot nothing. That candle lit up for him all that night until morning break.
When morning came, he raised his eyes and saw one light shining in the sky. He lowered his eyes downward. He raised his eyes again and saw the light illuminating all the sky, and in that light came the shape of the Holy Temple, meaning that Zeir Anpin had a unification with Malchut. Rabbi Shimon was happy, and then that light was concealed.
After midnight Rabbi Shimon had a spiritual elevation, and poetically, the Zohar describes the experience of Rabbi Shimon’s elevation to where he saw the shape of the Holy Temple.
The spiritual connection of Rabbi Shimon created a unification of Malchut with Zeir Anpin and an open channel to see beyond the corporeal realm. He was a ‘bridge’ between upper and lower, and when he raised his eyes again, he saw all the sky illuminated because the unification was complete.
When we read these kinds of events in the Zohar, our souls tap into that realm. Rabbi Shimon wrote down what he saw; he repeated and meditated on that so he won’t forget.
This is good teaching for us to follow. When we repeat the studies and write notes about our understanding, we make a long-lasting and stronger impression of the Light that came out from the study.