Daily Zohar # 4403 – Toldot – Why Isaac’s eyes dimmed
Daily Zohar 4403
120. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ מַה כָּתוּב? וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים, בְּאוֹתָם הָאוֹרוֹת שֶׁמְּאִירִים. וְהוּא זָקֵן, [וּמֵאִיר. אָז הוֹלֵךְ וּמֵאִיר] כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (משלי ד) הוֹלֵךְ וָאוֹר עַד נְכוֹן הַיּוֹם, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם. וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה – זֶה יִצְחָק, שֶׁהוּא חֹשֶׁךְ, וְהוּא הוֹלֵךְ לְקַבֵּל לְתוֹכוֹ אֶת הַלַּיְלָה. וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ, כְּשֶׁהוּא זָקֵן מַה כָּתוּב? וַיְהִי כִּי זָקֵן יִצְחָק וַתִּכְהֶיןָ עֵינָיו מֵרְאֹת. כָּךְ זֶה וַדַּאי, שֶׁרָצָה לְהֵחָשֵׁךְ וּלְהִדָּבֵק [בַּחֹשֶׁךְ] בְּדַרְגָּתוֹ כָּרָאוּי.
Continued from previous DZ
Isaac did not merit like Abraham, whose eyes did not dim or weaken. But the supernal secret here is the secret of “אֱמוּנָה,” faith, as has been explained, as it is written, “And God called the light “Day.” This is Abraham, the Light of the day, the Right line, and his Light goes and illuminates and strengthens in the rectification of the day that is the Light of Chassadim. For this reason, it is written, “And Abraham was old, advanced in days” (Genesis 24:1).
“and the darkness He called Night” (Genesis 1:5)
This is Isaac, who represents the Left, the Light of Chokmah without Chassadim, darkness, and continues to darken to receive the night within him. Therefore, it is written when he became old: “And it happened when Isaac was old, his eyes dimmed from seeing,” because he became entirely in the dark and clung to his level on the Left.
‘Night’ and ‘Darkness’ represent the desire on the Left for the Light. Similar to the color black that ‘swallows’ all other colors. Spiritually, when the Left unites with the Right, that is, Chassadim, they form unity and balance as it is written in Genesis 1:5 : “And there was evening, and there was morning, one day.”
When night, an aspect of Left, ‘darkness,’ and day, ‘Light,’ join, it made a complete day.