Daily Zohar # 4276 – Shelach Lecha – Why Joseph closed Jacobe’s eyes
Daily Zohar 4276
225. אָמַר לוֹ, לָמָּה יוֹסֵף יָשִׁית יָדוֹ מִכָּל בָּנָיו? וְאִם תֹּאמַר עַל בְּשׂוֹרָה שֶׁלּוֹ, צָרִיךְ לוֹמַר וְיוֹסֵף חַי תִּרְאֶה. אָמַר לוֹ יָשִׁית יָדוֹ, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁאַהֲבָתוֹ הָיָה, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ זֶה נִסְתָּם מִמֶּנּוּ אוֹר הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, וְזֶה לָקַח אוֹתוֹ. מִי שֶׁסּוֹתֵם עֵינָיו, אֲהוּבוֹ מַרְאֶה כָּךְ: מַרְאֶה שֶׁלְּךָ שֶׁל הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה אָבַד, הֲרֵינִי מַרְאֶה שֶׁלְּךָ בִּמְקוֹמְךָ. מִכָּאן וָהָלְאָה יְתַקְּנוּ לְךָ מַרְאֶה אַחֵר שֶׁל אוֹתוֹ עוֹלָם.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
The head of the Yeshiva told him, what was the new study we revealed when you came to me? He quotes the words Hashem told Jacob in the following verse and describes it as a message of joy.
“אָנֹכִי אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ מִצְרַיְמָה וְאָנֹכִי אַעַלְךָ גַם עָלֹה וְיוֹסֵף יָשִׁית יָדוֹ עַל עֵינֶיךָ.”
“I will go down with you to Egypt and surely bring you up again; Joseph will put his hand on your eyes.”
He asks, why should the eyes of the dead be closed? And he answers because the eyes show the colors, the appearance, and the form of this world found in them, and therefore by closing the eyes of the dead, he shuts off this world and its appearance. When his eyes are closed, every sight of this world is lost to the dead, and he has no more sight in this world from then on.
Rabbi Shimon said the foundations of knowledge made by the first Torah scholars are beautiful. Their wisdom is more remarkable than that of the holy angels.
He told him. Out of all his sons, why would Joseph close his (Jacob’s) eyes? If so, then the scripture should say, “You will see Joseph alive,” and why did he say, “And Yosef will put his hand on your eyes”? He said to him, “His hand will be on your eyes” because he loved him, which is why the light of this world would be closed by him. The one who closes the eyes of the one he loves takes the world’s vision from him.
It looks like Hashem told Jacob, the sight from this world, will be lost, and I take your sight in your place; from here on out, they will fix for you to have a different view of the next world. And so it was given to Joseph, because he was Jacob’s favorite more than any of his other sons.