Daily Zohar # 4115 – Vayetze – Seven years to connect heaven and earth
Daily Zohar 4115
128. בֹּא רְאֵה מַה כָּתוּב, וַיֹּאמֶר אֶעֱבָדְךָ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים בְּרָחֵל בִּתְּךָ הַקְּטַנָּה. וְכִי מַה דַּעְתּוֹ שֶׁל יַעֲקֹב שֶׁלֹּא אָמַר עֲשָׂרָה יְרָחִים אוֹ שָׁנָה אַחַת, אֶלָּא שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים לָמָּה? אֶלָּא יַעֲקֹב עָשָׂה בְּחָכְמָה, כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יֹאמְרוּ שֶׁבִּשְׁבִיל הַתְּשׁוּקָה שֶׁל יָפְיָהּ שֶׁל רָחֵל עָשָׂה, אֶלָּא בִּשְׁבִיל הַחָכְמָה, שֶׁהַלְּבָנָה בַּת שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים הִיא, וְכָל שֶׁבַע הַשָּׁנִים הָעֶלְיוֹנוֹת שׁוֹרוֹת הָיוּ עַל יַעֲקֹב טֶרֶם נָשָׂא אֶת רָחֵל לָשֶׁבֶת עִמָּהּ כָּרָאוּי, שֶׁהֲרֵי יַעֲקֹב נָטַל אֶת כֻּלָּם בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, וְאַחַר כָּךְ בָּא אֵלֶיהָ, כְּדֵי לְהִמָּצֵא הוּא שָׁמַיִם וְהִיא אֶרֶץ.
Continued from previous DZ
For this reason, Jacob did not see Leah at the well. He saw Rachel, so his eyes and heart would follow Rachel’s beauty, and he would settle his dwelling there. Also, Leah would also be married to him to bring the future tribes. He asks how Jacob knew who Rachel was when he didn’t see her before. He answers that the shepherds told him, as it is written;
“וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם הֲשָׁלוֹם לוֹ וַיֹּאמְרוּ שָׁלוֹם וְהִנֵּה רָחֵל בִּתּוֹ בָּאָה עִם הַצֹּאן.”
“So he said to them, “Is he well?” And they said, “He is well. And look, his daughter Rachel is coming with the sheep.”
“וַיֶּאֱהַב יַעֲקֹב אֶת רָחֵל וַיֹּאמֶר אֶעֱבָדְךָ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים בְּרָחֵל בִּתְּךָ הַקְּטַנָּה.”
“Now Jacob loved Rachel, so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.”
He asks what was in Jacob’s mind, that he did not say ten months or one year, but seven years. Why? And he replies, rather, Jacob did it wisely so that the people would not think that he did it because of the desire for Rachel’s beauty. Jacob did it so because the moon, that is, the Nukva of Zeir Anpin, is the aspect of seven years. She should be built from seven sefirot of Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yessod, and Malchut.
Jacob was already connected to the seven sefirot of Binah, and he wanted to marry Rachel to make a strong connection between the seven sefirot of Binah and the seven sefirot of Malchut. Jacob as Zeir Anpin, the heavens, and Rachel, the aspect of the Nukva of Zeir Anpin, earth.
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