Daily Zohar # 4244 – Emor – The fatness of the earth is not good enough for him
Daily Zohar 4244
220. וַיֶּחֱרַד יִצְחָק חֲרָדָה גְּדֹלָה עַד מְאֹד, שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לְהִפָּרֵד מִכְּלָל שֶׁל יַעֲקֹב, שֶׁהוּא בְשִׂמְחָה. וַיֹּאמֶר מִי אֵפוֹא הוּא הַצָּד צַיִד, בְּכַמָּה תְפִלּוֹת וּבַקָּשׁוֹת, וָאֹכַל מִכֹּל בְּטֶרֶם תָּבוֹא וַאֲבָרֲכֵהוּ גַּם בָּרוּךְ יִהְיֶה. כִּשְׁמֹעַ עֵשָׂו אֶת דִּבְרֵי (יִצְחָק) אָבִיו וַיִּצְעַק צְעָקָה גְּדֹלָה וְגוֹ’, שֶׁרָאָה שֶׁהֲרֵי צֵידוֹ לֹא הָיָה כְלוּם. עַד לְאַחַר שֶׁאָמַר לוֹ, הִנֵּה מִשְׁמַנֵּי הָאָרֶץ וְגוֹ’, אֵלּוּ הַחֲזָקִים וְהַהֲמוֹנִים שֶׁל שְׁאָר הָעַמִּים, וְזֶה קָשֶׁה לוֹ מֵהַכֹּל. וַיִּשְׂטֹם עֵשָׂו אֶת יַעֲקֹב, לָלֶכֶת אַחֲרָיו וּלְהִתְגָּרוֹת בּוֹ תָּמִיד.
Continued from previous DZ
Since Isaac, the Left line, was included in the middle line, Jacob, all those forces of harsh and angry judgments that were ready were scattered and not found there. And Israel comes out of the judgment with joy and blessings. And it came to pass that on that day, Jacob went out from the presence of Isaac, his father, with joy and supreme blessings, and his brother Esau came from his hunting, loaded with burdens from the deeds of the world to criticize them. He also made delicate foods, sharpened his tongue to assert claims, established testimony, and came to his father and said, “Rise my father,” to awaken the judgments and “eat” the bad deeds that I found been done in the whole world.”
“וַיֶּחֱרַד יִצְחָק חֲרָדָה גְּדֹלָה עַד מְאֹד וַיֹּאמֶר מִי אֵפוֹא הוּא הַצָּד צַיִד וַיָּבֵא לִי וָאֹכַל מִכֹּל בְּטֶרֶם תָּבוֹא וָאֲבָרֲכֵהוּ גַּם בָּרוּךְ יִהְיֶה.”
“Then Isaac trembled exceedingly and said, “Who was the one who hunted the game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed, he shall be blessed.”
Yitzchak was very anxious because he could not disconnect from the inclusion in Jacob, which brought him joy. And he said, “Who was the hunter that came with prayers and requests, and I ate from everything he brought before you came, and I blessed him, and he will be blessed?” When Esau heard his father’s words, he shouted because he saw that nothing came from his ‘hunt’ until after his father said to him;
“וַיַּעַן יִצְחָק אָבִיו וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הִנֵּה מִשְׁמַנֵּי הָאָרֶץ יִהְיֶה מוֹשָׁבֶךָ וּמִטַּל הַשָּׁמַיִם מֵעָל.”
“hen Isaac, his father answered and said to him: “Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, And the dew of heaven from above.”
The “Fatness of the earth” represents the mighty and the masses of the other nations. It was most difficult for Esau, and he hated Jacob and held a grudge against him to follow him and constantly taunt and provoke him.
The Zohar continues the discussion about Rosh Hashanah’s judgment process. Isaac is the Left that receives the claims (hunt) from the other side and brings them to the Holy throne for judgment. Jacob represents the middle line, and the sound of the Shofar confuses the Left (Isaac) and cancels the judgment to receive blessings. The other side (Esau) hates this situation and continues challenging Jacob (us, the children of Israel) to draw Light from our blessings. We receive the blessings from above that the ‘fatness’ of the earth needs for nourishment.