Daily Zohar # 4056 – Balak – Like a lion lying on its prey
Daily Zohar 4056
477. רַבִּי אַבָּא אָמַר, הֶן עָם כְּלָבִיא יָקוּם – עֲתִידִים הָעָם הַזֶּה לָקוּם עַל כָּל עַמִּים עוֹבְדֵי כוֹכָבִים וּמַזָּלוֹת כְּאַרְיֵה גִּבּוֹר וְתַקִּיף, וְיִתְנַפְּלוּ עֲלֵיהֶם. דֶּרֶךְ כָּל הָאֲרָיוֹת לִשְׁכַּב עַל טַרְפָּם, אֲבָל עַם זֶה לֹא יִשְׁכַּב עַד יֹאכַל טֶרֶף.
478. דָּבָר אַחֵר הֶן עָם כְּלָבִיא יָקוּם – לְהַקְרִיב קָרְבָּנוֹת וְעוֹלוֹת לִפְנֵי מַלְכָּם עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ. וְלָמַדְנוּ, בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהַקָּרְבָּן הָיָה נִשְׂרָף עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, הָיוּ רוֹאִים דְּמוּת אַרְיֵה אֶחָד רָבוּץ עַל אוֹתוֹ קָרְבָּן וְאוֹכֵל אוֹתוֹ.
Continued from previous DZ
“הֶן עָם כְּלָבִיא יָקוּם וְכַאֲרִי יִתְנַשָּׂא לֹא יִשְׁכַּב עַד יֹאכַל טֶרֶף וְדַם חֲלָלִים יִשְׁתֶּה.”
“Look, a people rises like a lioness, And lifts itself up like a lion; It shall not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain.”
Israel is a mighty nation because, like a lion, they rise with the first light of morning to serve Hashem with songs and praises. They engage in Torah all day, and at night when they lie on his bed, they sanctify the Holy Name when they recite the Shema Israel prayer and unify upper and lower.
; “It shall not lie down until it devours the prey.”
When they open their mouths on their beds with the prayer, some litigants with judgment connect to them, and with several verses of mercy, asking for mercy before the holy King.
Rabbi Aba said, “A people rises like a lioness,” which means that in the future, the people of Israel would rise above all the nations who are idol worshipers. Like a mighty and strong lion, they will throw themselves on them. It would be the same way all lions lie down on their prey. But they will not lie down until they eat their prey.
Another explanation for “A people rises like a lioness” is when they bring offerings and sacrifices on the altar before their King. We learn that when the sacrifice is burnt on the altar, they would see the image of a lion lying on that sacrifice and eating it.
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