Daily Zohar # 4123 – Vayeshev – Your haters are worse than snakes
Daily Zohar 4123
131. אֶלָּא שֶׁרָאָה רְאוּבֵן שֶׁהַנֵּזֶק נִמְצָא בִּידֵי אֶחָיו, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁיָּדַע כַּמָּה הֵם שׂוֹנְאִים אוֹתוֹ וּרְצוֹנָם לַהֲרֹג אוֹתוֹ. אָמַר רְאוּבֵן, טוֹב לְהַפִּיל אוֹתוֹ לְתוֹךְ בּוֹר הַנְּחָשִׁים וְהָעַקְרַבִּים וְלֹא יִמָּסֵר בִּידֵי שׂוֹנְאָיו שֶׁלֹּא מְרַחֲמִים עָלָיו. מִכָּאן אָמְרוּ, יַפִּיל אָדָם עַצְמוֹ לָאֵשׁ אוֹ לְבוֹר שֶׁל נְחָשִׁים וְעַקְרַבִּים וְלֹא יִמָּסֵר בִּידֵי שׂוֹנְאָיו [שֶׁמְּעַטִּים הֵם שֶׁיְּכוֹלִים לְהִנָּצֵל, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אָמַר לְמַעַן הַצִּיל אֹתוֹ מִיָּדָם].
132. מִשּׁוּם שֶׁכָּאן בִּמְקוֹם הַנְּחָשִׁים וְהָעַקְרַבִּים – אִם הוּא צַדִּיק, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא יַרְחִישׁ לוֹ נֵס, וְלִפְעָמִים שֶׁזְּכוּת אָבוֹת מְסַיְּעִים לָאָדָם וְיִנָּצֵל מֵהֶם. אֲבָל כֵּיוָן שֶׁנִּמְסָר בִּידֵי שׂוֹנְאָיו, מְעַטִּים הֵם שֶׁיְּכוֹלִים לְהִנָּצֵל.
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיִּקָּחֻהוּ וַיַּשְׁלִכוּ אֹתוֹ הַבֹּרָה וְהַבּוֹר רֵק אֵין בּוֹ מָיִם.”
“Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.”
Throwing Joseph into the pit without water implies that Joseph would end up in Egypt, a place lacking faith, which is the secret of faith.
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם רְאוּבֵן אַל תִּשְׁפְּכוּ דָם הַשְׁלִיכוּ אֹתוֹ אֶל הַבּוֹר הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר בַּמִּדְבָּר וְיָד אַל תִּשְׁלְחוּ בוֹ לְמַעַן הַצִּיל אֹתוֹ מִיָּדָם לַהֲשִׁיבוֹ אֶל אָבִיו.”
“And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.”
Rabbi Yitzchak refers to the sages saying that even though the pit was empty, it had snakes and scorpions. He asks, in this case, why Ruben was not worried that the snakes and scorpions could hurt Joseph when he intended to “bring him back to his father.”
He answers, Reuben saw that when he was in the hands of his brothers, the damage would be certain because he knew how much they hated him and their desire was to kill him.
Reuben said it would be better to throw him into the pit with snakes and scorpions and not be delivered into the hands of his enemies who do not have mercy on him. Hence the sages said a person should throw himself into the fire or a pit of snakes and scorpions and not deliver himself into the hands of his enemies.
Because here, instead of snakes and scorpions, if he is righteous, the Holy One Blessed be He will perform a miracle for him, and sometimes the merits of his ancestors stand up to help a person, and he will be saved from them, but if he is delivered into the hands of his enemies, few can be saved.
People with hate are determined to hurt the other person. The danger of getting hurt by snakes, scorpions, and other creatures is not certain because they don’t have free choice as people, so they are under the control of Hashem.