Daily Zohar # 4232 – Acharei Mot – Separate the goats
Daily Zohar 4232
117. יָצָא זֶה, הוֹלֵךְ וּמְשׁוֹטֵט בָּעוֹלָם, וּמוֹצֵא אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּכַמָּה עֲבוֹדוֹת, בְּכַמָּה דְרָגוֹת, בְּכַמָּה הַנְהָגוֹת טוֹבוֹת, וְלֹא יָכוֹל לָהֶם, בֵּין כֻּלָּם שָׁלוֹם, וְלֹא יָכוֹל לְהִכָּנֵס עִמָּהֶם בְּמַלְשִׁינוּת. (הוֹלֵךְ וּמְשׁוֹטֵט בָּעוֹלָם וּמוֹצֵא אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּצּוּרָה הַזּוֹ) (אַף יִשְׂרָאֵל לְמַטָּה כָּךְ בַּצּוּרָה הַזּוֹ) אֶת הַשָּׂעִיר הָאַחֵר שׁוֹלְחִים אוֹתוֹ עִם מַשָּׂא שֶׁל כָּל חֲטָאֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
Zohar Acharei Mot
Continued from previous DZ
“וְנָתַן אַהֲרֹן עַל שְׁנֵי הַשְּׂעִירִם גּוֹרָלוֹת גּוֹרָל אֶחָד לַיהוָה וְגוֹרָל אֶחָד לַעֲזָאזֵל.”
“Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for YHVH and the other lot for the scapegoat.”
Aaron was chosen to do this task because he was from the side of Chessed and could bring completion to Malchut with Chassadim from the RIght. “Cast lots on for the two goats” alludes to Malchut, above the two goats and benefitting from them.
He asks why one goat to Hashem when the two represent judgments. He answers that the Holy One, Blessed be He, keeps one goat with him, and one will go and wander in the world because if they join together, the world will not be able to endure.
This goat wanders the world and finds Israel in the service of Hashem. They follow the Torah laws, and he cannot harm them. They have peace between them, and he cannot spread gossip, meaning he cannot inflict judgment on them. This goat is sent with the burden of all the transgressions of Israel.
The two goats come from the Left side of judgments. When two judgments come together, they have destructive force. Shimmon and Levi were brothers on the Left and with great power. They killed all the males in the city of Shechem (Genesis 34:25). When they came down to Egypt, Joseph immediately separated Shimon from Levi so they won’t destroy Egypt.
Our lesson is to avoid conflicts, especially when the other side is hostile because it would be as if two consuming fires joined together. The destructive force is greater. Our ego is the instigator, and we should not let it guide us toward judgments.
Aaron was from the Right, which is Chessed. He separated the goats so that he could sweeten the judgments on Israel on Yom Kippur.