Daily Zohar # 4044 – Balak – Donkey’s state of mind
Daily Zohar 4044
449. אָמַר רַבִּי אַבָּא, וַדַּאי בַּדְּבָרִים הַלָּלוּ לָמַדְנוּ עַל דַּעַת בִּלְעָם שֶׁאֵינוֹ כְדַאי לִשְׁרוֹת עָלָיו רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ. וְלָמַדְנוּ שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵין בַּאֲתוֹנוֹ יְכֹלֶת לְהַזִּיק אוֹ לְהֵיטִיב. וְלָמַדְנוּ מֵאָתוֹן זוֹ שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵין כֹּחַ בַּבְּהֵמוֹת לְהַשְׁרוֹת עֲלֵיהֶן דַּעַת שְׁלֵמָה. בֹּא תִרְאֶה, בִּלְעָם, בְּאוֹתוֹ דִּבּוּר שֶׁל אֲתוֹנוֹ וּבְאוֹתָהּ דַּעַת טִפְּשָׁה לֹא יָכוֹל לַעֲמֹד. בְּדַעַת עֶלְיוֹנָה עַל אַחַת כַּמָּה וְכַמָּה.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Yehuda said I looked at this parasha of the donkey’s mouth, and the donkey’s words seem to have no need. Since it is written, and HaShem opened the mouth of the donkey, the words had to be important, words of wisdom. And if, as the friends said, Balaam was saying that his horse was grazing in the meadow, so he took the donkey. And it would be proper if the donkey started by saying, “Am I, not the donkey that you have ridden on me from your beginning until this day” (numbers 22:30). But the donkey did not open with this, but “מֶה עָשִׂיתִי לְךָ כִּי הִכִּיתַנִי” “what have I done to you?” Why did HaShem bother himself to open the donkey’s mouth with these words?
Rabbi Aba said that I learned Balaam’s state of mind from the donkey’s words. He was not worthy for the Holy Spirit to be on him, and I learned that there was no power in his female donkey to do good or bad. I also learned from this lesson that animals have no power to form a complete thought. For that reason, she did not speak words of wisdom.
Balaam, could not stand the words of his donkey and her foolish mind. The more so when he said, “has the knowledge of the supernal.”
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