Daily Zohar # 4402 – Toldot – Peace and truth
Daily Zohar 4402
118. וַיְהִי כִּי זָקֵן יִצְחָק. אָמַר רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן, כָּתוּב (בראשית א) וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה. הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה בֵּאֲרוּהוּ וְנִתְבָּאֵר. אֲבָל בֹּא רְאֵה, כָּל מַעֲשֵׂי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, כֻּלָּם הֵם דִּבְרֵי אֱמֶת, וְהַכֹּל בְּסוֹד עֶלְיוֹן. וְכָל דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה כֻּלָּם דִּבְרֵי אֱמוּנָה וְסוֹדוֹת עֶלְיוֹנִים כָּרָאוּי.
Continued from previous DZ
“הָכֵן בַּחוּץ מְלַאכְתֶּךָ וְעַתְּדָהּ בַּשָּׂדֶה לָךְ אַחַר וּבָנִיתָ בֵיתֶךָ.”
“Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field, And afterward build your house.”
“Make it fit for yourself in the field”; this is “the field that YHVH has blessed” (Genesis 27:27). And after a person knows the secret of wisdom and rectifies himself with it, what is written next? “And afterward, build your house.” This is a person’s soul in his body, which should be rectified and made whole. Therefore, when Isaac dug and made a well in peace, to that peace that should be whole, he called it Rehoboth to make everything as it should be. Blessed are the righteous whose deeds are for the sake of the Holy One, Blessed be He, to sustain the world, as it is written,
“כִּי יְשָׁרִים יִשְׁכְּנוּ אָרֶץ וּתְמִימִים יִוָּתְרוּ בָהּ.”
“For the upright (righteous) will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;”
The ‘field’ is Malchut, where we work to bring out ‘fruits.’ The first two wells that Isaac dug had issues with the shepherds who wanted to use them. Then Isaac moved from the conflict areas and dug the third one peacefully. He called it Rehoboth because the water and Light could flow and bring fruits. As Isaac said, “Now, we shall be fruitful in the land” (Genesis 26:22).
We can also learn from this not to give up because of a few initial challenges. We move away from conflicts to find a peaceful solution that would be ‘fruitful’ for us.
“וַיְהִי כִּי זָקֵן יִצְחָק וַתִּכְהֶיןָ עֵינָיו מֵרְאֹת וַיִּקְרָא אֶת עֵשָׂו בְּנוֹ הַגָּדֹל וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו בְּנִי וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הִנֵּנִי.”
“Now it came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau, his older son, and said to him, “My son.” And he answered him, “Here I am.”
Rabbi Shimon said, it is written (Genesis 1:5), “And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.” This verse has been explained and clarified. But come and see, all the works of the Holy One, Blessed be He, are words of truth, and everything is in the secret of the supernal world, meaning coming from the Mochin of Binah. All the words of the Torah are words of faith, the secrets of the Nukva where the Light from the supernal levels is revealed as intended.
The last letters of the first three words of the Torah spell אמת, truth, to tell us the essence of the Torah. When we speak only truth, we can harness the power of the Torah and make our prayers listened to.
To be close to the Torah is to speak the truth but never use ‘truth’ to hurt another person because what we perceive as ‘truth’ can be wrong.