Daily Zohar # 4340 – Beresheet – The great luminaries
Daily Zohar 4340
128. וַיַּעַשׂ אֱלֹהִים אֶת שְׁנֵי הַמְּאֹרֹת. זֶה מָאוֹר וְזֶה מָאוֹר. מִשּׁוּם כָּךְ אוֹתָם מְאוֹרוֹת שֶׁעוֹלִים לְמַעְלָה נִקְרָאִים מְאוֹרֵי אוֹר, וְאוֹתָם מְאוֹרוֹת שֶׁיָּרְדוּ לְמַטָּה נִקְרָאִים מְאוֹרֵי אֵשׁ, שֶׁהֵם דְּרָגוֹת לְמַטָּה וְשׁוֹלְטִים כָּל יְמֵי הַחֹל. וְעַל כֵּן, כְּשֶׁהַשַּׁבָּת יוֹצֵאת, מְבָרְכִים עַל נֵר, שֶׁהֲרֵי נִתְּנָה לָהֶם רְשׁוּת לִשְׁלֹט.
129. הָאֶצְבָּעוֹת שֶׁל בֶּן אָדָם הֵם סֵתֶר שֶׁל דְּרָגוֹת וְסוֹדוֹת שֶׁלְּמַעְלָה, וְיֵשׁ בָּהֶם פְּנִימִיִּים וַאֲחוֹרִיִּים. אֲחוֹרִיִּים הֵם לַחוּץ, וְהֵם רֶמֶז לְצִפָּרְנֵי הָאֶצְבָּעוֹת. וְלָכֵן יֵשׁ רְשׁוּת לְהִסְתַּכֵּל בַּצִּפָּרְנַיִם בְּמוֹצָאֵי שַׁבָּת, שֶׁהֲרֵי מְאִירִים מֵאוֹתוֹ הַנֵּר וּמְאִירִים מֵאוֹתָהּ אֵשׁ לִשְׁלֹט.
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיַּעַשׂ אֱלֹהִים אֶת שְׁנֵי הַמְּאֹרֹת הַגְּדֹלִים אֶת הַמָּאוֹר הַגָּדֹל לְמֶמְשֶׁלֶת הַיּוֹם וְאֶת הַמָּאוֹר הַקָּטֹן לְמֶמְשֶׁלֶת הַלַּיְלָה וְאֵת הַכּוֹכָבִים.”
“Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.”
The stars are the aspect of the queen’s maidens that enter the house to mate with her husband. At that time, there was no ruler in the house except for the maidens who stayed at the queen’s house. The maidens that serve the Nukva are called stars. This is the secret of “and the stars,” to whom the Nukba hands over the control of her house when she enters into unification with Zeir Anpin. It is done close to the morning light because then the control of the maidens, who are the stars, has lesser power, and thus, the darkness in the world is doubled before the first light. However, it is the preparation for the unification that would establish all preparations required for the unification with the sun, Zeir Anpin, and provide the abundance necessary for the day. And then, after the unification, the male rules during the day, and everything is completed as it should be. The Nukva comes under the control of the male in the secret of the unification and then sustains the world with the morning light, as it should be.
“Then God made two great lights,” both are lights. The sun is a luminary, and the moon is also a luminary by itself. For this reason, the luminaries that go up are called luminaries of light, and those that go down are called luminaries of fire and rule over the weekdays.
The moon could not be in a state of two great luminaries of equal stature, standing face to face, and therefore, the moon diminished herself and returned to the Ibur, which is a lower spiritual state.
Even after the moon lowered herself, it doesn’t mean that the original state disappeared because every change mentioned in the spiritual level means only additions to the previous state. Therefore, the two great luminaries still illuminate the worlds, but in the secret of luminaries of fire.
For this reason, when Shabbat ends, we make a blessing on the candle for luminaries of fire that rule the weekdays.
A person’s fingers have hidden levels and supreme secrets with aspects of front and back. The hands are the secret of Chessed and Gevura of Zeir Anpin, that when they reach maturity, they become hokmah and Binah because when they grow up, Netzach, Hod, Yessod, and Malchut ascend to complete ten sefirot. Chessed, Gevurah, and Tiferet rise to have the aspect of Chokmah, Binah, and Da’at. Netzach, Hod, and Yessod rise to Chessed, Gevurah, and Tiferet.
Then three joints of the right hand have the aspect of Chokmah, Binah, and Da’at of Chokmah, and the three joints of the left hand for Chokmah, Binah, and Da’at of Binah, in the secret of the scripture;
“שְׂאוּ יְדֵכֶם קֹדֶשׁ וּבָרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה.”
“Lift up your hands in holiness, And bless YHVH.”
The back of the fingers is their outside, implying to the nails.
After Shabbat, the upper lights of the Nukva stop shining, and she can illuminate with the luminaries of fire as it was with the two great luminaries. The nails receive this light, and that is why after Shabbat, we make a blessing over the candle and look at the light reflected from the nails.