Daily Zohar # 4131 – Miketz – Bless to be blessed
Daily Zohar 4131
142. עוֹד פָּתַח וְאָמַר פָּסוּק אַחֲרָיו, (משלי כח) אִישׁ אֱמוּנוֹת רַב בְּרָכוֹת. זֶהוּ אָדָם שֶׁבּוֹ אֱמוּנַת הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, כְּמוֹ רַבִּי יֵיסָא הַזָּקֵן, שֶׁאַף עַל גַּב שֶׁהָיָה לוֹ מַאֲכָל שֶׁל אוֹתוֹ הַיּוֹם לֶאֱכֹל, לֹא הָיָה מַתְקִין אוֹתוֹ עַד שֶׁהָיָה מְבַקֵּשׁ מְזוֹנוֹ לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ הַקָּדוֹשׁ. אַחַר שֶׁהִתְפַּלֵּל תְּפִלָּתוֹ וּבִקֵּשׁ מְזוֹנוֹ מִלִּפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, אָז הָיָה מַתְקִין, וְהָיָה תָמִיד אוֹמֵר: לֹא נַתְקִין עַד שֶׁיִּנָּתְנוּ מִבֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ.
143. וְאָץ לְהַעֲשִׁיר לֹא יִנָּקֶה, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁלֹּא רָצָה לְהִשְׁתַּדֵּל בַּתּוֹרָה, שֶׁהִיא הַחַיִּים שֶׁל הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַחַיִּים שֶׁל הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא. עַכְשָׁו שֶׁהִיא הַשָּׁעָה לְהִשְׁתַּדֵּל בַּתּוֹרָה – נִשְׁתַּדֵּל.
Continued from previous DZ
“עֹבֵד אַדְמָתוֹ יִשְׂבַּע לָחֶם וּמְרַדֵּף רֵקִים יִשְׂבַּע רִישׁ.”
“He who toils his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!”
He works his land, is the Garden of Eden, which is the Nukva, and man should make and work to draw blessings from above, from Zeir Anpin. When the Nukva is blessed from above, the person is also blessed with her.
The priest who blesses the people is also blessed, as it is written, “and I will bless them” (Numbers 6:27). Because of that, the worker of his land, that is, he who works to continue abundance for the Nukva, “יִשְׂבַּע לָחֶם” “will have plenty of bread.” This is the sustenance from above that he receives for his work because the one who blesses is blessed.
“וּמְרַדֵּף רֵקִים” “he who follows frivolity” is the one who adheres to the Sitra Achra (the other side), “יִשְׂבַּע רִישׁ” “will have poverty.”
Rabbi Yossi said to the Jew who shared these words, bless you for earning the merits of this wisdom.
All blessings come from above. Even the priests that Hashem appointed to bless the people start by acknowledging the channel of blessing from Hashem. They start with a blessing “Bless you, our God, King of the world, who sanctified us with the holiness of Aaron and commanded us to bless his people Israel with love.”
To be blessed, we bless others with love to channel the blessings from above. Even when others ask us to bless them, we never start with “I bless you…”, instead, we say, “May Hashem bless you with all that you need” or “B”H, you are blessed with…”. Only then the Light of the blessing is channeled through us to others, so we are blessed first.
We always include others in our prayers to have a bigger channel of blessings.
He continues and quotes the verse that follows the above verse;
“אִישׁ אֱמוּנוֹת רַב בְּרָכוֹת וְאָץ לְהַעֲשִׁיר לֹא יִנָּקֶה.”
“A man with faith will abound with blessings, But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”
“A man with faith” in the Holy One, Blessed be He, “will abound with blessings.” Like Rabbi Yeisa, the elder that even though he had the food ready for him, he did not make the table until he asked the Holy King to provide him with sustenance.
He would always say, we will not prepare the table until the provisions are given from the king’s house.
“וְאָץ לְהַעֲשִׁיר לֹא יִנָּקֶה” “He who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished” because he did not want to engage with the Torah, which is life in this world and life in the next. Now is the time to engage in the study of the Torah.
Material possessions belong to this world and can never be carried to the next world after we die in this world. We use material wealth only to serve our souls by doing more good deeds. That is why giving tithe and Tzedaka have the aspect of sharing our blessings and acting that draws more blessings to us. Even a person that receives charity need to give a tithe from the little he has unless all his ‘income’ goes to food and shelter.
Even little sharing opens the channel of blessings from above.