Daily Zohar # 4266 – Naso – The meditation of the priest
Daily Zohar 4266
161. אָמַר רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, לָמַדְנוּ בְּסִפְרָא דִּצְנִיעוּתָא, שֵׁם הַקָּדוֹשׁ גָּלוּי וּמְכֻסֶּה, שֶׁגָּלוּי הֲרֵי כָּתוּב בְּיוֹ”ד הֵ”א וָא”ו הֵ”א. שֶׁמְּכֻסֶּה כָּתוּב בְּאוֹתִיּוֹת אֲחֵרוֹת, וְאוֹתוֹ שֶׁמְּכֻסֶּה הוּא הַנִּסְתָּר (אֲחֵרִים, וְאוֹתוֹ שֶׁמְּכֻסֶּה הוּא נִסְתָּר) שֶׁל הַכֹּל. אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה, וַאֲפִלּוּ אוֹתוֹ שֶׁמְּגֻלֶּה מְכֻסֶּה בְּאוֹתִיּוֹת אֲחֵרוֹת, בִּגְלַל אוֹתוֹ טְמִיר הַטְּמִירִים בִּפְנִים.
162. שֶׁהֲרֵי כָּאן צָרִיךְ הַכֹּהֵן לְצָרֵף שֵׁם הַקָּדוֹשׁ וּלְהוֹרִיד רַחֲמִים, (כֻּלָּם) שֶׁכֻּלָּם כְּלוּלִים בְּדִבּוּר שֶׁל עֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁתַּיִם אוֹתִיּוֹת (שֶׁכֻּלָּן מִדּוֹת) (בִּשְׁנֵי כְתָרִים) כִּתְרֵי הָרַחֲמִים. וּבְאוֹתִיּוֹת אֵלּוּ שֵׁל הַשֵּׁם הַזֶּה סְתוּמִים עֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁתַּיִם מִדּוֹת הָרַחֲמִים, וּשְׁלֹשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה שֶׁל הָעַתִּיק נִסְתָּר וְגָנוּז מֵהַכֹּל. וְתֵשַׁע שֶׁהִתְגַּלּוּ מִזְּעֵיר אַנְפִּין (בִּזְעֵיר אַנְפִּין), וּמִתְחַבְּרִים כֻּלָּם בְּצֵרוּף שֵׁם אֶחָד שֶׁהָיָה הַכֹּהֵן מְכַוֵּן כְּשֶׁפָּרַס יָדָיו בְּעֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁתַּיִם אוֹתִיּוֹת חֲקוּקוֹת.
Rabbi Yitzchak said, every priest who does not know this secret, and to whom he blesses, his blessing is not a blessing. And it is written;
“כִּי שִׂפְתֵי כֹהֵן יִשְׁמְרוּ דַעַת וְתוֹרָה יְבַקְשׁוּ מִפִּיהוּ כִּי מַלְאַךְ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת הוּא.”
“For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law (Torah) from his mouth; For he is the messenger of YHVH of hosts.”
What is “knowledge”? He said. That is, the Sefira of Daat that unifies Chokmah and Binah. The Torah from his mouth? He wonders; the upper ones will ask from his mouth, and what will they ask of him? The Torah? that they will ask him to know how the Torah above, that is, the written Torah, Zeir Anpin, unites with the oral Torah that is Malchut. What is the reason for that? He explains, because as the scripture concludes “For he is the messenger of YHVH of hosts”. We learned that the priest should meditate on these things and unify the Holy Name as it should be.
Rabbi Shimon said, we studied in Sifra Ditzniuta that the Holy Name is revealed and concealed. The revealed is written in יוד-הא-ואו-הא. The concealed is written in other letters. And that which is concealed is hidden from all. Rabbi Yitzchak said, and even the one that was revealed is covered with other letters because it is the hidden one of all the hidden ones inside.
Because here, the priest has to bring the holy name and draw mercy, All of which are included in the 22 letters of the crowns of mercy that is teh secret of 22 letters, אנקתם פסתם פספסים דיונסים, which is brought in the blessing of priests. And with these letters of this name are sealed 22 attributes of Mercy, which are the 13 of the Dikna of Atika, which is hidden and concealed from all, and the 9 connections of the Dikna that are revealed by Zeir Anpin. Together they are 22, and all 22 attributes of Mercy come together with one name that the priest meditates on when he raises his hands, that is, in the name of 22 אנקתם פסתם פספסים דיונסים.
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