Daily Zohar # 4114 – Vayetze – Look for the woman, by God! Look for the woman!
Daily Zohar 4114
125. רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר אָמַר, חָרָן, שָׁם הָיָה וַדַּאי, וְהַבְּאֵר הַזּוֹ הָיְתָה בַּשָּׂדֶה. שֶׁאִם לֹא כָּךְ, לָמָּה כָּתוּב וַתָּרָץ וַתַּגֵּד לְאָבִיהָ? אֶלָּא מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהָיָה סָמוּךְ לָעִיר.
126. וְאָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר, יַעֲקֹב שֶׁהִזְדַּמְּנָה לוֹ אִשָּׁה עַל הַבְּאֵר, לָמָּה לֹא הִזְדַּמְּנָה לוֹ לֵאָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי הֶעֱמִידָה לוֹ לְיַעֲקֹב כָּל אוֹתָם הַשְּׁבָטִים? אֶלָּא שֶׁאֶת לֵאָה לֹא רָצָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְזַוְּגָהּ עִם יַעֲקֹב בְּגָלוּי, שֶׁכָּתוּב וַיְהִי בַבֹּקֶר וְהִנֵּה הִיא לֵאָה. [מִכְּלָל] שֶׁהֲרֵי קֹדֶם לֹא הִתְגַּלָּה הַדָּבָר.
Continued from previous DZ
Jacob said to himself I want to connect with the Shechinah; that is the secret of the well because I want to marry a wife. When my father wanted to marry a wife, he sent his servant. The servant came to a spring of water, where he found a wife for my father, and in Haran, I found no spring, no cistern, no water.
Immediately after that, Jacob went to the land of the people of the East, where he came across a well and met his wife.
Rabbi Elazar said the land of the east and the well were in the area of Haran. We learn that from;
“וַיַּגֵּד יַעֲקֹב לְרָחֵל כִּי אֲחִי אָבִיהָ הוּא וְכִי בֶן רִבְקָה הוּא וַתָּרָץ וַתַּגֵּד לְאָבִיהָ.”
“And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s relative and that he was Rebekah’s son. So she ran and told her father.”
Rachel ran to tell her father, Lavan because the well was close to the city of Haran.
Rabbi Elazar asked why Jacob didn’t meet Leah at the well; after all, she brought the most number of tribes to Jacob. He answers, rather, the Holy One, Blessed be He did not want Jacob to unite with Leah openly. We read that only after the wedding Jacob realized that he married Leah before Rachel. It is written;
“וַיְהִי בַבֹּקֶר וְהִנֵּה הִוא לֵאָה וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל לָבָן מַה זֹּאת עָשִׂיתָ לִּי הֲלֹא בְרָחֵל עָבַדְתִּי עִמָּךְ וְלָמָּה רִמִּיתָנִי.”
“So it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, “What have you done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served you? Why, then, have you deceived me?”