Daily Zohar # 4090 – Lech Lecha – Challenges = blessings
Daily Zohar 4090
144. בֹּא רְאֵה סוֹד הַדָּבָר, אִם אַבְרָם לֹא יֵרֵד לְמִצְרַיִם וְלֹא יִצְטָרֵף שָׁם בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, לֹא יִהְיֶה חֵלֶק גּוֹרָלוֹ בַּקָּדוֹשׁ-בָּרוּךְ-הוּא. כְּמוֹ זֶה לְבָנָיו, כְּשֶׁרָצָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לַעֲשׂוֹת לוֹ [ד”א לָהֶם] עַם אֶחָד, עַם שָׁלֵם, וּלְקָרְבָם אֵלָיו, אִם לֹא יֵרְדוּ בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה לְמִצְרַיִם וְלֹא יִזְדַּכְּכוּ שָׁם, לֹא הָיוּ הָעָם הַיְחִידִי שֶׁלּוֹ.
145. כְּמוֹ כֵן אִם לֹא נִתְּנָה הָאָרֶץ הַקְּדוֹשָׁה לִכְנַעַן בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה וְיִשְׁלֹט בָּהּ, לֹא הָיְתָה הָאָרֶץ חֶלְקוֹ וְגוֹרָלוֹ שֶׁל הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, וְהַכֹּל סוֹד אֶחָד.
Zohar Lech Lacha
Continued from previous DZ
It was written that Abraham went up, out of Egypt, up and not down. He returned to his place, which is the level of Chessed. The story about his experience in Egypt was to teach us that his connection to Chokmah was strong even though Egypt was on a lower level with many temptations. Abraham was not tempted and stood strong in his place, the side of the South, which is Chessed of Zeir Anpin. It is the highest level that he held from the beginning, as it is written;
“וַיִּסַּע אַבְרָם הָלוֹךְ וְנָסוֹעַ הַנֶּגְבָּה.”
“So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.”
The secret is that if Abram had not gone down to Egypt and had not been going through the experience, his destiny would not have been with theHoly One Blessed be He. Such was the case with his sons. When the Holy One Blessed be He wanted to make them one nation and bring them closer to Him. They had to go down to Egypt, and go through sufferings for purification to become his one nation, his people.
Similarly, if the Holy Land had not been given initially to Canaan to rule it, the land would not be ready for the Holy One, Blessed be He, to give to Israel.
To expand the vessel, Hashem makes us go through ‘challenges’ in order to break them and reveal the Light. Like breaking the shell to access the fruit.
The patriarchs had to experience difficulties in their lives in order to become the chariots for Chessed (Abraham), Gevurah(Issac), and Tiferet(Jacob).
Noah cursed his grandson Canaan because of what his son did to him. He settled in the Holy Land as a Klipa, covering the Light before the children of Israel came back and conquered it.
To expand our vessel, we need to accept the challenges in our lives and move forward toward the Light because decay and darkness are when we stay in one place. We move and reveal sparks of Light in every action that we do.
Complaining is the worst thing to can do when facing challenges. Every little challenge is like a rung in the ladder that elevates us spiritually. For that reason, our beloved Rabbi Ashlag named his Zohar commentary Hasulam, which means “the Ladder.”