Daily Zohar # 4394 – Chayei Sarah – Why Abraham was blessed in all things
Daily Zohar 4394
141. אָמַר לוֹ רַבִּי אַבָּא, יֹאמַר לָנוּ מַר מֵאוֹתָהּ הַמִּשְׁנָה. אָמַר לוֹ, כָּךְ הִתְפָּרֵשׁ בִּשְׁלֹשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה מִדּוֹת הָרַחֲמִים בַּפָּרָשָׁה שֶׁלּוֹ, אֲבָל כָּאן יֵשׁ לָנוּ לוֹמַר. פָּתַח וְאָמַר, (שיר ו) אַחַת הִיא יוֹנָתִי תַמָּתִי אַחַת הִיא לְאִמָּהּ וגו’. אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר, מַה הִיא שֶׁאָנוּ קוֹרְאִים כָּאן בְּשִׁיר הַשִּׁירִים לְשׁוֹן נְקֵבָה, וְשָׁם בַּתּוֹרָה לְשׁוֹן זָכָר?
142. אֶלָּא, אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר, כָּאן בַּתּוֹרָה נִקְרָא בִּלְשׁוֹן זָכָר אֵצֶל הַגּוּף, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהַגּוּף אֵצֶל הַנְּשָׁמָה כְּאִשָּׁה אֵצֶל הַזָּכָר, וְהַנְּשָׁמָה כְּלַפֵּי מַעְלָה כִּנְקֵבָה בִּפְנֵי הַזָּכָר, וְכָל אֶחָד יוֹרֵשׁ מַעֲלָתוֹ.
Zohar Chayei Sarah
Continued from previous DZ
“וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיהוָה בֵּרַךְ אֶת אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל.”
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age, and YHVH had blessed Abraham in all things.”
Rabbi Elazar said, this verse is beautiful, that we have learned, that what is written in it;
“וָאֵרֶא הַחַיּוֹת וְהִנֵּה אוֹפַן אֶחָד בָּאָרֶץ אֵצֶל הַחַיּוֹת לְאַרְבַּעַת פָּנָיו.”
“Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel (אוֹפַן, Ophan) was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces.”
‘Ophan’ is an angel in the world of Action, Malchut. We learned that Ophan means ‘wheel.’ It is the force that animates this world. Even though Ophan everywhere is the name of the soul level Nefesh, from the verse in Ezekiel, the Ophan became elevated to the level of Neshama and is related to Abraham.
Rabbi Elazar said to him, “Let the master explain to us this Mishnah (study); he replied, “It is explained in the Mishnah that the secret of the verse ‘a wheel (Ophan) on the earth’ is made Neshama, in its own section, in the 13 Attributes of Mercy. But in this section, we have to explain what is said in Songs 6:9: “אַחַת הִיא יוֹנָתִי תַמָּתִי אַחַת הִיא,” ‘My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,’ etc., which suggests that this verse hints at the Neshama.” Rabbi Elazar said, “What is it that here in the Song of Songs, we refer to the Neshama in feminine terms, that is ‘my dove, my perfect one,’ etc., while in the Torah, we refer to it in masculine terms, that is Abraham.
Rabbi Elazar said, “Here in the Torah, the soul is referred to in masculine terms concerning the body because the body for the Neshama is like a woman for a man. Similarly, the Neshama, in relation to a higher level than itself, is like a female in the presence of a male, and each inherits its status according to the matter. Therefore, in the Song of Songs, when the King speaks of the Neshama, it is considered female to him, and he refers to it in feminine language: ‘my dove, my perfect one,’ etc. But the Torah speaks of the Neshama on its own. Therefore, it refers to it in masculine language: Abraham.
When Abraham acts with Chassadim, his soul, which is the Light inside his body, becomes a channel of Light, which is a male aspect.
The deeper study here is about reaching a higher level of the soul, as Abraham did with his actions of Chassadim.
When the soul receives Light from Hashem, it is in the female aspect, which is the receiving end. When we (male and female) pray, we are in the aspect of the vessel, female, open to receive from Hashem. When we share and act to support others, we are in the aspect of channel male.
This process is the breath of Life. Hashem filled us with Life/Light to empower us to be ‘fruitful’ in this world. When we give (Male), we open our vessels to receive (female) from the Light in the aspect of ‘My dove, my perfect one.’
Pirke Avot 5:10 teaches us, “Mine is mine, and yours is yours.” This is a neutral type; some say this is a Sodom-type.
Neutral means do not give and do not receive, which is the aspect of spiritual death. When a person is not sharing, it is like one of the sins of Sodom and Gemorah that brought about their destruction.
We learn from Abraham to act with Chassadim to receive the blessings of Hashem, as we read above,” and YHVH had blessed Abraham in all things.”
Giving is an important principle that opens a flow of blessings. The Talmud says, “A poor person who is sustained from charity must also perform charity”