Daily Zohar # 4086 – Lech Lecha – At midnight, I will rise to give thanks to You
Daily Zohar 4086
133. וְעַל כֵּן הַתִּשְׁבָּחוֹת שֶׁעוֹלוֹת בַּלַּיְלָה לְפָנָיו, זוֹ תִשְׁבַּחַת שְׁלֵמָה. בֹּא רְאֵה, בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁיִּשְׂרָאֵל הָיוּ סְגוּרִים בְּבָתֵּיהֶם כְּשֶׁהָרַג הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא בִּבְכוֹרֵי מִצְרַיִם, הָיוּ אוֹמְרִים הַלֵּל וְתִשְׁבָּחוֹת לְפָנָיו.
134. בֹּא רְאֵה שֶׁדָּוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ הָיָה קָם בַּחֲצוֹת הַלַּיְלָה, שֶׁאִם תֹּאמַר שֶׁהָיָה יוֹשֵׁב אוֹ שׁוֹכֵב בְּמִטָּתוֹ וְהָיָה אוֹמֵר שִׁירוֹת וְתִשְׁבָּחוֹת – לֹא, אֶלָּא כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב (שם קיט) חֲצוֹת לַיְלָה אָקוּם לְהוֹדוֹת לָךְ. אָקוּם וַדַּאי בַּעֲמִידָה לְהִתְעַסֵּק בְּשִׁירוֹת וְתִשְׁבָּחוֹת שֶׁל הַתּוֹרָה.
Zohar Lech Lacha
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Yessa asks, how is it that you say that the Holy One, Blessed be He, have fun with the souls of the righteous in this world? He replied to him, saying that, at midnight, all the true Tzadikim wake up to study and say praises of the Torah. We learned that the Holy One, Blessed be He, and all the Tzadikim in the Garden of Eden listen to the voices of those who study in this world. A thread of Chessed is drawn over them during the day. Meaning that by the elevation of female water (מים נוקבין) through the Torah studies and praises, the center line with the Light of Chassadim is drawn to the Nukva, Malchut.
“יוֹמָם יְצַוֶּה יְהוָה חַסְדּוֹ וּבַלַּיְלָה שירה [שִׁירוֹ] עִמִּי תְּפִלָּה לְאֵל חַיָּי.”
“YHVH will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”
The thread of Chessed is the result of their studies and for creating vessels to draw the Light into this world that doesn’t have Light of its own.
Therefore, the praises that arise before the Holy One, Blessed be He, at night are complete. When Israel were closed in their homes in Egypt while Hashem was killing the firstborn of Egypt, they were saying praises before him.
King David was getting up in the middle of the night. He was not sitting or lying in his bed while reciting songs and praises. It is written;
“חֲצוֹת לַיְלָה אָקוּם לְהוֹדוֹת לָךְ עַל מִשְׁפְּטֵי צִדְקֶךָ.”
“At midnight, I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous laws (the Torah).”
This verse tells that while standing, King David would engage in the study and praises of the Torah.
Laying or sitting are on lower levels. Laying is the state of the soul at the low level of Nefesh. Sitting is a connection to the upper sefirot of Zeir Anpin because the lower ones, Netzach, Hod, and Yessod, are folded below. Standing is a connection to Zeir Anpin and the upper three Sefirot.
There is great value in studying after midnight. At that time, the Light of Chassadim begins to appear in the world. It’s like connecting to the root source of the Light, and our soul receives a thread of silver that draws the Light of Chassadim during the day.
During our prayers, we have sections where we sit and where we need to stand. It is significant because we connect to different spiritual levels. Most prayer books tell when to stand and when to sit. Only the bedtime Shema could be done standing, sitting, or while laying on the bed but on the side, not face up or face down.
The best way is to do it while sitting on the bed, just before going to sleep. By that, we avoid falling asleep before finishing this important prayer.
The Holy Ari wrote that by the power of reciting the Shema, one could kill 1125 Negative forces, and judgments every night (for every sin, one evildoer is created, and reciting the Shema kills 1125 evildoers that were created)