Daily Zohar # 4330 – Shelach Lecha – When to read the Shema
Daily Zohar 4330
335. מִצְוָה זוֹ מִצְוַת צִיצִית, כּוֹלֶלֶת תְּכֵלֶת וְלָבָן, דִּין וְרַחֲמִים בְּאֵשׁ. אֵשׁ לְבָנָה לֹא אוֹכֶלֶת, תְּכֵלֶת אוֹכֶלֶת וּמַשְׁמִידָה. (דברי הימים-ב ז) וַתֹּאכַל הָעֹלָה. לָבָן מִיָּמִין, תְּכֵלֶת מִשְּׂמֹאל. הָעַמּוּד הָאֶמְצָעִי מְיַחֵד בֵּין שְׁנֵיהֶם – יָרֹק. וּמִשּׁוּם זֶה פֵּרְשׁוּהָ בַּעֲלֵי הַמִּשְׁנָה, מֵאֵימָתַי קוֹרִין אֶת שְׁמַע בְּשַׁחֲרִית? מִשֶּׁיַּכִּיר בֵּין תְּכֵלֶת לְלָבָן. וּמִשּׁוּם זֶה הִתְקִינוּ לְקָרְאָהּ בְּיִחוּד.
Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
“בּוֹגְדִים שֶׁבָּגָדוּ” “they betray their betrayal,” their clothing when it is without a Tzitzit is called the clothing of traitors, that is, the clothing of those traitors who betrayed, who lie and bear false witness every day. Woe to them, woe to their souls, for they ascend to the throne of blue that will judge them, and on them, it is written;
“לֹא יֵשֵׁב בְּקֶרֶב בֵּיתִי עֹשֵׂה רְמִיָּה דֹּבֵר שְׁקָרִים לֹא יִכּוֹן לְנֶגֶד עֵינָי.”
“He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.”
That garment of theirs becomes known to all who bring their judgments. Woe to them who have no part in the next world. Blessed are the righteous whose clothing is known above to benefit them in this world and the world to come.
This mitzvah of the Tzitzit consists of light blue and white, that is, four white threads and one light blue thread, representing judgment and mercy in fire. White fire does not consume; blue fire consumes and finishes everything.
2 Chronicles 7:1
“וּכְכַלּוֹת שְׁלֹמֹה לְהִתְפַּלֵּל וְהָאֵשׁ יָרְדָה מֵהַשָּׁמַיִם וַתֹּאכַל הָעֹלָה וְהַזְּבָחִים וּכְבוֹד יְהֹוָה מָלֵא אֶת־הַבָּיִת”
“When Solomon finished praying, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of YHVH filled the House.”
White fire on the Right and blue fire on the Left. The middle column unites Right and Left, unifies the two, and is green fire. And for this reason, the sages of the Mishnah put forward that the earliest time we can read the Shema is in the morning when we can distinguish between light blue and white. In other words, distinguish between judgment and Chessed because then we could cling to Chessed, which is the secret of reading the Shema. And that is why the reading of the portion about the Tzitzit is included in the unification of the Shema. (The Zohar ending of this section is missing here).