Daily Zohar # 4089 – Lech Lecha – Temptations and elevations
Daily Zohar 4089
141. אָמַר רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, בֹּא רְאֵה, הַכֹּל הוּא סוֹד שֶׁל חָכְמָה, וְרָמַז כָּאן בַּחָכְמָה וְהַדְּרָגוֹת שֶׁלְּמַטָּה שֶׁאַבְרָהָם יָרַד לְעָמְקָם וְיָדַע אוֹתָם, וְלֹא נִדְבַּק בָּהֶם, וְשָׁב לִפְנֵי רִבּוֹנוֹ.
142. וְלֹא הִתְפַּתָּה בָהֶם כְּאָדָם שֶׁכַּאֲשֶׁר הִגִּיעַ לַדַּרְגָּה הַהִיא הִתְפַּתָּה בַּנָּחָשׁ וְגָרַם מָוֶת לָעוֹלָם. וְלֹא הִתְפַּתָּה כְּמוֹ נֹחַ, שֶׁכַּאֲשֶׁר יָרַד וְהִגִּיעַ לַדַּרְגָּה הַהִיא מַה כָּתוּב? (בראשית ט) וַיֵּשְׁתְּ מִן הַיַּיִן וַיִּשְׁכָּר וַיִּתְגַּל בְּתוֹךְ אָהֳלֹה. אָהֳלֹה כָּתוּב בְּהֵ”א.
Zohar Lech Lacha
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Abba asked why it happened to Abraham and why he needed to go through it. He says that it was so to glorify the name of Abraham and Sarah in the world. That even in Egypt, where no one can save himself from the many world-known sorcerers, Abraham was elevated higher. And this is what is written;
“וַיַּעַל אַבְרָם מִמִּצְרַיִם הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְכָל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ וְלוֹט עִמּוֹ הַנֶּגְבָּה.”
“Then Abram went up (elevated) from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South.”
And Abram went up from Egypt to the south, that is, to the level where he was initially. The verse specifies “he and his wife and all that he had”, meaning that no one took from him the gifts that Pharaoh gave to Abraham because of Sarah (Genesis 12:16).
Rabbi Shimon said everything is the secret of Chokmah, wisdom. And the scripture alludes here to the aspect of Chokmah and the levels below it, that is, the levels the Egyptians draw Chokmah from above to below. Abraham went down to their depths to know them, but he did not cling to them but returned to his Master.
Abraham was not tempted by the Egyptians. When Adam reached the same level, he was tempted by the Snake and caused death to the whole world. Abraham was not tempted as Noah when he went down to the same level as it is written;
“וַיֵּשְׁתְּ מִן הַיַּיִן וַיִּשְׁכָּר וַיִּתְגַּל בְּתוֹךְ אָהֳלֹה.”
“Then he drank of the wine and was drunk and became uncovered in his tent.”
“אָהֳלֹה” “Tent” is written with an extra ה to imply that “אָהֳלֹה” is the secret of a woman from the other side.