Daily Zohar # 4019 – Balak – Eat not the bread of an evil eye
Daily Zohar 4019
397. וַיַּרְא בָּלָק בֶּן צִפּוֹר וְגוֹ’. רַבִּי יוֹסֵי פָּתַח, (משלי כג) אַל תִּלְחַם אֶת לֶחֶם רַע עָיִן וְגוֹ’ – זֶה בִּלְעָם שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל. וְאַל תִּתְאָו לְמַטְעַמֹּתָיו – זֶה בָּלָק, שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לֹא הִתְרַצָּה לְאוֹתָן עוֹלוֹת שֶׁהִתְקִין לְפָנָיו.
Continued from previous DZ
The Zohar continues the discussion about Balaam that had in him all causes of plagues, leprosy as detailed in #385 above.
How do we know that Balaam enters the domain of his friend? It is written
“וַיִּקָּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל בִּלְעָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֶת שִׁבְעַת הַמִּזְבְּחֹת עָרַכְתִּי וָאַעַל פָּר וָאַיִל בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ.”
“And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.”
The offering of sacrifices belongs to the priests, not part of Balaam’s domain.
Balaam was also one who caused judgments and conflicts between brothers. He caused conflicts between Israel and their Father in heaven.
Balaam used evil speech. There was no one in the world with an evil speech like him. Because all his strength was in his mouth. The curse of God was in him, as it is written;
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל בָּלָק הִתְיַצֵּב כֹּה עַל עֹלָתֶךָ וְאָנֹכִי אִקָּרֶה כֹּה.”
“And he said to Balak, “Stand here by your burnt offering while I meet the LORD over there.”
Balaam wanted to uproot Malchut, the Shechina, that is called “כֹּה” from Israel. He wanted to pull sustenance from the river of Israel, which is Yessod of Zeir Anpin, and directed it to his people’s land. It is a secret that all the people of his land were attached to him.
All negative aspects were in Balaam.
“אַל תִּלְחַם אֶת לֶחֶם רַע עָיִן וְאַל תתאו [תִּתְאָיו] לְמַטְעַמֹּתָיו.”
“Eat not the bread of an evil eye, And have no desire to his dainties, ”
Rabbi Yossi opened, “Eat not the bread of an evil eye” is Balaam with his evil eye. “Have no desire to his dainties” is Balak that the Holy One Blessed be He did not want the offerings he brought before him.
A person with an evil eye is stingy; if he gives, it comes with a personal agenda. The energy attached to this giving is harmful; we better avoid it. I would never ask a person to give because even if they give, it would be attached with some aspect of negativity. The question of “What do I get for it?” “Is it worth giving to?” would rise most of the time.
A generous person giving with good eye, and appreciation, triggers the generosity attribute of “רב חסד” “abounding” on the spiritual levels, and blessings flow down, as we learned in #382 above
“טוֹב עַיִן הוּא יְבֹרָךְ כִּי נָתַן מִלַּחְמוֹ לַדָּל.”
“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.”