Daily Zohar # 4120 – Vayishlach – You go ahead now, I will win later
Daily Zohar 4120
128. וְלָכֵן בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁאָמַר עֵשָׂו נִסְעָה וְנֵלֵכָה, וּנְחַלֵּק הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה כְּאֶחָד וְנִשְׁלֹט כְּאֶחָד – מָה אָמַר יַעֲקֹב? יַעֲבָר נָא אֲדֹנִי לִפְנֵי עַבְדּוֹ. יַקְדִּים עֵשָׂו שִׁלְטוֹנוֹ עַכְשָׁו בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, יַעֲבָר נָא, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (מיכה ב) וַיַּעֲבֹר מַלְכָּם לִפְנֵיהֶם וַה’ בְּרֹאשָׁם, הַקְדֵּם אַתָּה שִׁלְטוֹנְךָ בַּתְּחִלָּה בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה – וַאֲנִי אֶתְנַהֲלָה לְאִטִּי, אֲנִי אַעֲלֶה עַצְמִי לְאוֹתוֹ עוֹלָם הַבָּא וּלְסוֹף הַיָּמִים, לְאוֹתָם יָמִים שֶׁהוֹלְכִים לְאַט.
Continued from previous DZ
“יַעֲבָר נָא אֲדֹנִי לִפְנֵי עַבְדּוֹ וַאֲנִי אֶתְנָהֲלָה לְאִטִּי לְרֶגֶל הַמְּלָאכָה אֲשֶׁר לְפָנַי וּלְרֶגֶל הַיְלָדִים עַד אֲשֶׁר אָבֹא אֶל אֲדֹנִי שֵׂעִירָה.”
“Please let my lord go on ahead before his servant. I will lead on slowly at a pace which the livestock that go before me, and the children, can endure until I come to my lord in Seir.”
Rabbi Elazar said that Jacob did not desire early manifestations of the blessings he received from his father, as it is written;
“טוֹב לַגֶּבֶר כִּי יִשָּׂא עֹל בִּנְעוּרָיו.”
“It is good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth.”
Jacob wanted to delay the blessings to the future when they would be needed to support his children against the rest of the world. Because of that, he didn’t enjoy any of his father’s blessings.
“עֹז וְהָדָר לְבוּשָׁהּ וַתִּשְׂחַק לְיוֹם אַחֲרוֹן.”
“Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.”
“וַיֹּאמֶר נִסְעָה וְנֵלֵכָה וְאֵלְכָה לְנֶגְדֶּךָ.”
“Then Esau said, “Let us take our journey; let us go, and I will go before you.”
When Esau said that, he meant, let us divide this world between us and rule it together. But Jacob said, “Please let my lord go on ahead before his servant.”, which means, let Esau advance his rule now in this world, let him pass, as it said, “Their king will pass before them, With YHVH at their head.” (Micah 2:13).
Jacob’s intention was to let Esau rule first in this world, and “I will lead on slowly” to raise himself to the next world and to the end of days, for those days go slowly.
Jacob thought about the time of the Final Redemption and Mashiach. He delayed the manifestation of the blessings to the future so all his descendants could enjoy them.
Jacob did not think of himself. He said, “לְרֶגֶל הַמְּלָאכָה אֲשֶׁר לְפָנַי וּלְרֶגֶל הַיְלָדִים” “for the sake of the work before me and for the sake of the children,” which means that Jacob preferred to skip the pleasures of this world and work hard during his lifetime so he and his children would benefit in the future.
We should learn from Jacob that our life in this world is temporary, and our mission is to work for the future. To achieve that, we study and follow the ways of the Torah to earn merits and arrive at the Final Redemption or be Resurrected to Immortality. Then we will be blessed with all the blessings that are written in the Torah.
Rabbi Shimon dedicated his life to teaching the secrets of the Torah, including isolation for 12 (+1) years in a cave so that we could have the Zohar. Just by reading the Zohar, we make high spiritual connections and earn great merits even without understanding. We study daily and do Tzedakah as much as possible to ‘invest’ in our future.
At the end;
21. וְעָלוּ מוֹשִׁעִים בְּהַר צִיּוֹן, לִשְׁפֹּט אֶת-הַר עֵשָׂו; וְהָיְתָה לַיהוָה, הַמְּלוּכָה.
21. And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be HaShem’s.
Read the book of Obadia. (Only one chapter)