Daily Zohar # 4104 – Toldot – You are my sister
Daily Zohar 4104
99. בֹּא רְאֵה, כָּתוּב כִּי אָמַרְתִּי רַק אֵין יִרְאַת אֱלֹהִים בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה. אָמַר רַבִּי אַבָּא, מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אָמַר אֲחֹתִי הִיא, כְּדֵי לְהִדָּבֵק בַּשְּׁכִינָה, שֶׁכָּתוּב אֱמֹר לַחָכְמָה אֲחֹתִי אָתְּ. מָה הַטַּעַם? מִשּׁוּם שֶׁבָּהֶם לֹא הָיְתָה אֱמוּנָה. שֶׁאִם נִמְצְאָה בָהֶם אֱמוּנָה, לֹא הָיָה צָרִיךְ, אֲבָל מִתּוֹךְ שֶׁלֹּא הָיְתָה בֵינֵיהֶם אֱמוּנָה אָמַר כָּךְ, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אָמַר, כִּי אָמַרְתִּי רַק אֵין יִרְאַת אֱלֹהִים בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה. אֵין יִרְאַת אֱלֹהִים, זוֹ הָאֱמוּנָה.
Continued from previous DZ
Abimelech was wise and used astrology to look through the “window”. He saw that It was not as Isaac said, but surely he was acting fondly with Rebbeca, and she was his wife, and then Abimelech called Isaac, and so on.
Rabbi Yossi said it would have been appropriate for Abimelech to do to Isaac and take his wife, as he did to Abraham, if the Holy One Blessed be He had not warned him earlier, in the act of Abraham, who said to him (Genesis 20:3), “הִנְּךָ מֵת עַל הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר לָקַחְתָּ וְהִוא בְּעֻלַת בָּעַל” “You are dead for the woman,” etc.
Rabbi Abba said that Isaac said “My sister” about his wife to cling to the Shechina, as it is written;
“אֱמֹר לַחָכְמָה אֲחֹתִי אָתְּ וּמֹדָע לַבִּינָה תִקְרָא.”
“Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding (Binah) your nearest kin.”
The wisdom is the Shechina that Isaac wanted to adhere to.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם כִּי אָמַרְתִּי רַק אֵין יִרְאַת אֱלֹהִים בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וַהֲרָגוּנִי עַל דְּבַר אִשְׁתִּי.”
“And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.”
The locals did not have “fear of God” because if they did, it would not have been necessary, but because there was no faith, he said, “she is my sister”;