Daily Zohar # 3992 – Shelach Lecha – The testing stone
Daily Zohar 3992
208. צַד הָאַחֵר רוֹצֶה לַעֲשׂוֹת כָּךְ, וּמַכֶּה בָרְשָׁעִים, וְכָל מַה שֶּׁמַּכֶּה, אָז (משלי יג) וְנֵר רְשָׁעִים יִדְעָךְ. מְחָרֵף וּמְגַדֵּף לְכָל הַצְּדָדִים וְלֹא יָכוֹל לְהָאִיר כְּלָל, וְאָז כָּתוּב (קהלת ב) כִּי מֶה הָאָדָם שֶׁיָּבוֹא אַחֲרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ. וְרוֹצֶה לְהִדָּמוֹת לוֹ וְלֹא יָכוֹל. וְעַל זֶה (תהלים יא) ה’ צַדִּיק יִבְחָן, וּמַכֶּה בּוֹ, וְאָז מֵאִיר וּמִתְחַזֵּק בָּאוֹר. יִבְחָן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה כח) אֶבֶן בֹּחַן. גָּחַן רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן וְנָשַׁק לֶעָפָר. אָמַר, דָּבָר דָּבָר אַחֲרֶיךָ רָדַפְתִּי מִיּוֹם שֶׁהָיִיתִי, וְכָעֵת נוֹדַע לִי הַדָּבָר מִתּוֹךְ שֹׁרֶשׁ וְעִקַּר הַכֹּל.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
There is a body that the light of the soul will not illuminate until it is beaten. Then the light of the soul illuminates and unites with the body. When the light of the body illuminates from the soul, it glorifies and exalts and praises and prays its prayer and requests, and blesses his master to make everything shine. Therefore, there is a righteous that suffers.
“אוֹר צַדִּיקִים יִשְׂמָח וְנֵר רְשָׁעִים יִדְעָךְ.”
“The light of the righteous rejoices, But the candle of the wicked will fade.”
The other side wants to do the same and strikes the wicked, but every strike causes “the candle of the wicked to fade” because the wicked complain, curse, and disgraces all sides, and because of that, he can not shine at all.
It is written;
“וּפָנִיתִי אֲנִי לִרְאוֹת חָכְמָה וְהוֹלֵלוֹת וְסִכְלוּת כִּי מֶה הָאָדָם שֶׁיָּבוֹא אַחֲרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ אֵת אֲשֶׁר כְּבָר עָשׂוּהוּ.”
“Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly; For what can the man do who succeeds the king?— Only what he has already done.”
The wicked want to resemble the King and can not do it. And so, Hashem tries and examines the Tzaddik and strikes him, and then the Tzadik shines and strengthens his light.
“יְהוָה צַדִּיק יִבְחָן וְרָשָׁע וְאֹהֵב חָמָס שָׂנְאָה נַפְשׁוֹ.”
“YHVH tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”
The word ‘יִבְחָן’, ‘tests’ with its root connects to “אֶבֶן בֹּחַן” “A tried stone”, which means ‘indicator’. The following verse tells us where the ‘stone’ is found.
“לָכֵן כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה הִנְנִי יִסַּד בְּצִיּוֹן אָבֶן אֶבֶן בֹּחַן פִּנַּת יִקְרַת מוּסָד מוּסָּד הַמַּאֲמִין לֹא יָחִישׁ.”
“Therefore thus says YHVH GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.”
Rabbi Shimon bowed himself to the ground and kissed it. He said, ‘word, word’, I chased after you from the day I became a man, and now I know the thing, from the root and the main thing of all.
The word ‘stone’ appears twice in the verse. Also, the word ‘foundation’, is a reference to ‘Yessod’.
The Book of Formation, “Sefer Yetzirah”, by Abraham the patriarchs, calls ‘A letter, ‘A stone’ because putting letters together builds words (houses). https://www.sefaria.org/Sefer_Yetzirah.4.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
The Zohar brings the verse above saying ‘I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation to reveal the connection to the stone, Zion and Yessod.
‘Zion’ ‘צִיּוֹן’ is Yessod of Malchut, which is the bridge between Malchut and Zeir Anpin. Yessod receives our prayers and sends them upward to be heard. Zion is also where every word we say is examined and evaluated before moving up. Curses and negative expressions are thrown back down upon those who use them with the same judgments attached to them. The good and sacred words are moved up to the gates of prayer.
When Rabbi Shimon said ‘word word’ he made a connection between Yessod and Malchut, kissing the ground. ‘The main thing’ is the ‘foundation’, Yessod, that is also called ‘all’ ‘כל’ because it includes everything above it.
The main lesson is to use only positive because words turn into spiritual forces that can support us or hurt us.