Daily Zohar # 4027 – Balak – Then YHVH opened Balaam’s eyes
Daily Zohar 4027
415. אָמַר לוֹ, אֲנִי אֶחֱזֹר לְמוּלְךָ, שֶׁלִּי וְשֶׁלְּךָ צָרִיךְ צַחוּת. וַדַּאי סוֹדוֹת תּוֹרָה עֶלְיוֹנִים, וְלֹא יְכוֹלִים בְּנֵי אָדָם לַעֲמֹד עֲלֵיהֶם. לָכֵן אָסוּר לְהַקְדִּים בִּדְבַר תּוֹרָה עַד שֶׁיִּשְׁמַע דָּבָר וְיֵדַע אוֹתוֹ עַל בֻּרְיוֹ. בָּאוּ לִפְנֵי רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן וְאָמְרוּ דָבָר לְפָנָיו.
Continued from previous DZ
Balaam was described as open-eyed to say that he is at a level above all the faithful prophets and could look at the honor of the Holy One Blessed be He. But Rabbi Shimon said that Balaam, with his magic, knew and connected the lower sefirot.
We read that Balaam was a “soothsayer”;
“וְאֶת בִּלְעָם בֶּן בְּעוֹר הַקּוֹסֵם הָרְגוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּחֶרֶב אֶל חַלְלֵיהֶם.”
“The children of Israel also killed with the sword Balaam, the son of Beor, the soothsayer, among those who were killed by them.”
The scripture describes Balaam as “the soothsayer”, but he was unclean. Filthy, and how could he look at the honor of his Master? Furthermore, Rabbi Shimon said, in a temporary vision, Balaam saw, as it is written;
“וַיְגַל יְהוָה אֶת עֵינֵי בִלְעָם וַיַּרְא אֶת מַלְאַךְ יְהוָה נִצָּב בַּדֶּרֶךְ וְחַרְבּוֹ שְׁלֻפָה בְּיָדוֹ וַיִּקֹּד וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ לְאַפָּיו.”
“Then YHVH opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of YHVH standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.”
Balaam’s eyes were crooked, and how can we say that he, with open eyes, looked at the honor of the Holy One, Blessed be He.
He said to him, I am taking back my words opposing you. Mine and yours should have a clear explanation. Surely the secrets of the Torah are supreme, and the people of the world cannot understand them. For this reason, it is forbidden to discuss Torah before knowing the subject and its meaning.
They came before Rabbi Shimon to share words with him.
The Zohar looks at every word in the Torah and asks questions to reveal why the scripture uses certain words, especially when, on the surface, they are confusing or don’t make much sense.
From one side, it looks as if the Rabbis doubt the Torah, but they know well that when they find clarity in what they read, it is because of their limitations in understanding the text, not the ‘fault’ of the Torah. They also know that there is much to discuss to reveal the inner secrets because the Torah is supreme, and everything in it is from above. When they realized that they had different opinions, they went to Rabbi Shimon to help them understand the subject, as we will read in the following paragraphs.