Daily Zohar # 4214 – Tzav – The dust under the Holy throne
Daily Zohar 4214
172. רַבִּי חִזְקִיָּה הָיָה יוֹשֵׁב לִפְנֵי רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר. אָמַר לוֹ, כַּמָּה אוֹרוֹת נִבְרְאוּ טֶרֶם שֶׁנִּבְרָא הָעוֹלָם? אָמַר לוֹ, שִׁבְעָה. וְאֵלּוּ הֵם: אוֹר תּוֹרָה, אוֹר גֵּיהִנֹּם, אוֹר גַּן עֵדֶן, אוֹר כִּסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד, אוֹר בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ, אוֹר תְּשׁוּבָה, אוֹרוֹ שֶׁל מָשִׁיחַ. וְאֵלֶּה נִבְרְאוּ בְּטֶרֶם שֶׁנִּבְרָא הָעוֹלָם. שִׁבְעָה אוֹרוֹת וּמְאוֹרוֹת שֶׁנֶּאֶחְזוּ בְאַהֲרֹן, וְהוּא מַדְלִיק מְנוֹרוֹת מִמַּעְלָה לְמַטָּה.
173. רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר פָּתַח, (קהלת ג) הַכֹּל הָיָה מִן הֶעָפָר וְהַכֹּל שָׁב אֶל הֶעָפָר. הֲרֵי שָׁנִינוּ, הַכֹּל הָיָה מִן הֶעָפָר – אֲפִלּוּ גַלְגַּל חַמָּה. מִי הֶעָפָר? אוֹתוֹ שֶׁשָּׁרוּי תַּחַת כִּסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד הַקָּדוֹשׁ.
174. בְּסִפְרוֹ שֶׁל רַב יֵיסָא סָבָא, הַכֹּל הָיָה מִן הֶעָפָר – מָקוֹם שֶׁכּוֹנֵס אֶת הַכֹּל. מְלַמֵּד שֶׁיָּצְאוּ שְׁבִילִים לַצַּד הַזֶּה וְלַצַּד הַזֶּה, וְהִתְכַּנְּסוּ לְהָאִיר כְּמוֹ הֶעָפָר הַזֶּה שֶׁזּוֹרְקִים אוֹתוֹ לְכָל עֵבֶר. וְעַל זֶה, הַכֹּל הָיָה מִן הֶעָפָר, וְהַכֹּל שָׁב אֶל הֶעָפָר וַדַּאי.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Aba asks, what is the change that Moses, who is Tiferet, anointed Aaron, who is Chessed and higher than Tiferet. He replied, because Moses belongs to the place which is the source of Life, Binah, and it is written.
“מוֹלִיךְ לִימִין מֹשֶׁה זְרוֹעַ תִּפְאַרְתּוֹ בּוֹקֵעַ מַיִם מִפְּנֵיהֶם לַעֲשׂוֹת לוֹ שֵׁם עוֹלָם.”
“Who led them by the right hand of Moses, With His glorious (Tiferet) arm, Dividing the water before them To make for Himself an everlasting name,”
Moses served all seven days in the Holy Tabernacle to prepare everything for Aaron.
Moses is the aspect of the son to Binah that is the source of Life. He is the secret of the sefira of Da’at, meaning Tiferet that rose to unify the Right and the Left of Binah to illuminate them and make Da’at that is above Chessed. “by the right hand of Moses” is Chessed that comes out of the Right of Da’at, Moses.
Because of that, Moses, Da’at, served seven days in the holy Tabernacle.
Rabbi Hezekiah was sitting in front of Rabbi Elazar. He asked him how many lights were created before the world was created. He replied, seven, and they are; the light of the Torah, the light of Gehenam, the light of the Garden of Eden, the light of the Holy throne, the light of the Holy Temple, the light of repentance (Teshuva), and the light of Mashiach. They are the seven sefirot of the world of Creation, Chessed to Malchut. And they were created before the world was created. Seven lights and candles were united in him, in Aaron. He lit the candles above to draw light from the upper seven candles to the lower seven candles below.
Rabbi Elazar said everything was from the dust (עָפָר), and everything returned to the dust. We learned that even the sun was from the dust(עָפָר). The dust is the same dust that lines up under the Holy throne that is Binah.
Hasulam explains that the ‘dust’ ‘עָפָר’ is Malchut, and the sun alludes to the level of Tiferet. When it says that the sun is also from the dust, it refers to the Malchut of Binah level above Tiferet.
In the book of Rabbi Yessa Saba, it is said that everything was from the dust, meaning Malchut gathers everything. It teaches that paths went out to the Right and Left sides and were gathered to illuminate all sides as dust is thrown to every side. Therefore, everything was from the dust and returned to the dust. According to Rabbi Elazar, the dust means dust under the Holy throne, which is not easy to understand until we understand that the reference is to Malchut of Binah.
The literal meaning of the word ‘dust’ ‘עָפָר,’ refers to the soil of the earth, which is the ‘solids’ that represent the lower level of the evolution from the supernal light through the ‘condensation’ process to become ‘matter’ in this world that we call Malchut, literally means ‘Kingdom.’
There are four worlds with ten sefirot on each of them. The lower level of each level is Malchut, that makes the Keter of the world below it.
The first world is Adam Kadmon, that through a process from the Endless; blessed be He, the first Malchut was created (after the breaking of the vessel and the seven kings), and from it came the higher world of Atzilut. Then from Malchut of Atzilut came the world of Beriah, Creation, and Binah, and from its Malchut, we have the world of Formation, Zeir Anpin, then the world of Action, Asiya, where we are at the level of Malchut of Malchut.
So the ‘dust’ is just a reference to the most condensed level of each world. When Rabbi Elazar referred to the dust under the Holy Throne, the Malchut of Binah illuminates all the levels below it.
Only in our human world, the lower world of all, do we have physical attributes and dense energy that traps atoms to make molecules, patterns of energy that define the periodic table of elements, and everything measurable in the whole universe.
Everything ‘measurable,’ even lights years away from us, is still the lowest level of Malchut.