Daily Zohar # 4134 – Vayigash – Joseph’s chariot
Daily Zohar 4134
123. וַיֶּאְסֹר יוֹסֵף מֶרְכַּבְתּוֹ. רַבִּי יִצְחָק פָּתַח וְאָמַר, (יחזקאל א) וּדְמוּת עַל רָאשֵׁי הַחַיָּה רָקִיעַ כְּעֵין הַקֶּרַח הַנּוֹרָא נָטוּי עַל רָאשֵׁיהֶם מִלְמַעְלָה. הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה בֵּאֲרוּהוּ, אֲבָל בֹּא רְאֵה, יֵשׁ חַיָּה לְמַעְלָה מִן הַחַיָּה, וְיֵשׁ חַיָּה קְדוֹשָׁה שֶׁעוֹמֶדֶת עַל רֹאשׁ הַחַיּוֹת.
124. וְיֵשׁ חַיָּה עֶלְיוֹנָה לְמַעְלָה עַל כָּל שְׁאָר הַחַיּוֹת, וְזוֹ [וְיֵשׁ] הַחַיָּה שׁוֹלֶטֶת עַל כֻּלָּם, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁכַּאֲשֶׁר הַחַיָּה הַזּוֹ נוֹתֶנֶת וּמְאִירָה לְכֻלָּם, אָז כֻּלָּן נוֹסְעוֹת לְמַסְעוֹתֵיהֶן וְנוֹתְנוֹת זוֹ לָזוֹ וְשׁוֹלְטוֹת זוֹ עַל זוֹ.
Continued from previous DZ
They came to Jacob, both in terms of a wagon that Joseph sent and in terms of a wagon that Pharaoh sent (Genesis 46:5). And so it is written;
“וַיְדַבְּרוּ אֵלָיו אֵת כָּל דִּבְרֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר אֲלֵהֶם וַיַּרְא אֶת הָעֲגָלוֹת אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח יוֹסֵף לָשֵׂאת אֹתוֹ וַתְּחִי רוּחַ יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם.”
“But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.”
And when Israel came out of exile, it is written;
“וְהֵבִיאוּ אֶת כָּל אֲחֵיכֶם מִכָּל הַגּוֹיִם מִנְחָה לַיהוָה בַּסּוּסִים וּבָרֶכֶב וּבַצַּבִּים וּבַפְּרָדִים וּבַכִּרְכָּרוֹת עַל הַר קָדְשִׁי יְרוּשָׁלִַם אָמַר יְהוָה כַּאֲשֶׁר יָבִיאוּ בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת הַמִּנְחָה בִּכְלִי טָהוֹר בֵּית יְהוָה.”
“Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to YHVH out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says YHVH, “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of YHVH.”
Because then all the nations will bring an offering to God like Pharaoh.
“וַיֶּאְסֹר יוֹסֵף מֶרְכַּבְתּוֹ וַיַּעַל לִקְרַאת יִשְׂרָאֵל אָבִיו גֹּשְׁנָה וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו וַיִּפֹּל עַל צַוָּארָיו וַיֵּבְךְּ עַל צַוָּארָיו עוֹד.”
“So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel, and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.”
“וּדְמוּת עַל רָאשֵׁי הַחַיָּה רָקִיעַ כְּעֵין הַקֶּרַח הַנּוֹרָא נָטוּי עַל רָאשֵׁיהֶם מִלְמָעְלָה.”
“The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads.”
R. Yitzchak quoted this verse and said it was explained that there is a living creature above a living creature. The living creature with the aspect of the Right line, which is the face of a Lion, Chessed, is higher and more important than the living creature on the Left line, which is the face of an OX. Because the four living creatures are in the secret of the Holy chariot: a Lion, an Ox, and an Eagle. The three are against the three lines, Right, Left, and Middle. The fourth living creature is the face of man, which includes the three.
There is a holy living creature standing on the heads of the others, meaning that the living creature on the Left line, which is the face of an Ox, Gevurah, and after its inclusion on the Right, the Mochin (Light of the upper three sefirot) of all the living creatures is drawn from it, because from the Left line the light of Chokmah is drawn. It has the aspect of the heads of the living creatures.
There is a superior living creature above all the others, that is, the living creature with the aspect of the middle line, which is the face of an Eagle, Tiferet, and since it forces the Right and the Left to be together with each other, it is considered to be above them, which means, more important than them. And this creature rules over all of them because it gives power and illuminates them. That is the secret of the power of the Masach (Chirik, curtain on the middle line) and the Light of Chassadim, that operate in the middle line. Then they are all in movement, meaning that they are included in each other, and give each other strength. They control each other, and each one is given control over them. The Right side controls the face of the Lion, the Left controls the face of the Ox, and the Middle controls the face of an eagle.