Daily Zohar # 4404 – Toldot – Blessed is the man whose strength is in You
Daily Zohar 4404
122. וַיִּקְרָא אֶת עֵשָׂו בְּנוֹ הַגָּדֹל. שֶׁנִּכְלָל מִצִּדּוֹ שֶׁל הַדִּין הַקָּשֶׁה. וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה נָא זָקַנְתִּי לֹא יָדַעְתִּי יוֹם מוֹתִי. רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר פָּתַח וְאָמַר, (תהלים פד) אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם עוֹז לוֹ בָךְ וְגוֹ’. אַשְׁרֵי הָאִישׁ שֶׁמִּתְחַזֵּק בַּקָּבָּ”ה וְשָׂם בּוֹ אֶת תָּקְפּוֹ.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Elazar, his son, came and kissed his hands. He said to him, “This is beautiful. Abraham illuminates from his level, Isaac darkens from his level, and what about Jacob’s eyes, as it is written;
“וְעֵינֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּבְדוּ מִזֹּקֶן לֹא יוּכַל לִרְאוֹת וַיַּגֵּשׁ אֹתָם אֵלָיו וַיִּשַּׁק לָהֶם וַיְחַבֵּק לָהֶם.”
“Now the eyes of Israel were heavy with age so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.”
He said to him, “This is certainly so; it is written ‘heavy’ ‘כָּבְדוּ’ and not ‘dim.’ Written ‘from old age’ and not ‘from his old age.’ But ‘from old age’ – from the old age of Isaac, from that side they became heavy. He could not see to look properly, but they did not dim. But Isaac dimmed completely and totally, becoming darkness to be with the night and fulfill the words “and to the darkness He called the night” (Genesis 1:5).
Jacob joined the Right, Abraham, and the Left, Isaac, and for that reason, he received from both of them but was not as entirely in the dark as Isaac.
“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.”
Isaac called Esau, his elder son, who is included on the side of harsh judgment on the Left. And he said,
“וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה נָא זָקַנְתִּי לֹא יָדַעְתִּי יוֹם מוֹתִי.”
“Behold, now I am old; I do not know the day of my death.”
Rabbi Elazar opened and said’
“אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם עוֹז לוֹ בָךְ מְסִלּוֹת בִּלְבָבָם.”
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You.”
Blessed is the man who strengthens himself in the Holy One, Blessed be He, and places his trust in Him.