Daily Zohar # 4328 – Shelach Lecha – Don’t get whipped
Daily Zohar 4328
332. וְלֹא תָתוּרוּ אַחֲרֵי לְבַבְכֶם, יִמְנַע מִכֶּם דְּרָכִים רָעִים אֲחֵרִים, וַדַּאי לֹא תָתוּרוּ וְלֹא תַעֲשׂוּ רָעוֹת. וְעַל זֶה עוֹלֶה גָוֶן תְּכֵלֶת. זוֹ תְכֵלֶת דּוֹמָה לְכִסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד. מַה כִּסֵּא הַכָּבוֹד עוֹשֶׂה אֶת הָאָדָם לָלֶכֶת בְּדֶרֶךְ יָשָׁר לְזַכּוֹתוֹ, גַּם תְּכֵלֶת זוֹ עוֹשָׂה אֶת הָאָדָם לָלֶכֶת בְּדֶרֶךְ יָשָׁר. וַדַּאי שֶׁהַכֹּל יֵשׁ לִפְחֹד מִמָּקוֹם זֶה לָלֶכֶת יָשָׁר.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה עֲשֵׂה לְךָ שָׂרָף וְשִׂים אֹתוֹ עַל נֵס וְהָיָה כָּל הַנָּשׁוּךְ וְרָאָה אֹתוֹ וָחָי.”
“Then YHVH said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten when he looks at it shall live.”
It is similar to looking at the Tzitzit; when a person raises his eyes to see the image of the snake (serpent) that bit him, he experiences fear and prays before YHVH to heal him. He knew that the snake was a punishment for the wicked.
As long as the son sees his father’s whip, he fears him. That saves him from the whip and everything else. We find that the same whip caused him to be saved. And so, “who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
“You look,” “וראיתם,” “You remember,” “וּזְכַרְתֶּם,” “You do” “וַעֲשִׂיתֶם” (Numbers 15:39). If they not follow then the whip, or the source of pain, aspects of the blue thread of the Tzitzit would cause them to do Teshuva, “ועשיתם” “you do.”
“וְלֹא תָתֻרוּ אַחֲרֵי לְבַבְכֶם וְאַחֲרֵי עֵינֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם זֹנִים אַחֲרֵיהֶם” “you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined” (Numbers 15:39)
Seeing the blue thread will prevent the person from turning away and doing bad things. And so the Tzitzit show a blue thread similar to the Holy throne that makes the person afraid of getting ‘whipped’ and drive him to walk on the righteous path to purify himself.
Looking at the blue sky is beneficial for awe and appreciation of Hashem in our lives (Meditate on ‘I am nothing without you’).
It is good for sweetening judgments, by looking at the sky and pray to Hashem.
Protection from evil eye because of the blue color.
Lowers the ego, knowing that we are small comparing to the vast heavens (Rabbi Nachman).
It is better to pray in a place where there are windows to see the sky. (https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.31a.19?lang=bi)