Daily Zohar # 4406 – Vayetze – Seven plus seven = good
Daily Zohar 4406
130. בֹּא רְאֵה שֶׁאֲפִלּוּ לָבָן רָמַז לוֹ בְּאוֹתָם הַשֶּׁבַע וְלֹא יָדַע מָה אָמַר. שֶׁפָּתַח וְאָמַר טוֹב, שֶׁכָּתוּב טוֹב תִּתִּי וְגוֹ’. אָמַר רַבִּי אַבָּא, כָּךְ זֶה וַדַּאי, עָבַד שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים לְהִזְדַּוֵּג עִם שְׁמִטָּה. אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר, בֹּא רְאֵה, בְּכָל מָקוֹם הַיּוֹבֵל סָתוּם, שֶׁלֹּא הִתְגַּלָּה, וְהַשְּׁמִטָּה הִתְגַּלְּתָה.
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיַּעֲבֹד יַעֲקֹב בְּרָחֵל שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וַיִּהְיוּ בְעֵינָיו כְּיָמִים אֲחָדִים בְּאַהֲבָתוֹ אֹתָהּ.”
“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.”
He asks, what does “only a few days” mean? He answers that all seven years were equivalent in his eyes, like the seven upper years from Binah, which are in one unification and are not separate, and all are one, as they are interconnected with each other. “In his love for her,” meaning he loved her like the supreme unity in Binah.
Even Laban hinted at these seven Sefirot, and he himself did not understand when he was saying, for he opened and said, “טוב” “Good,” as it is written, “It is better that I give her to you…” Rabbi Abba said, indeed, it is inevitable that Jacob worked seven years, which represents the seven Sefirot, in order to be united in the “שמיטה” Shmita (sabbatical year). That is, to channel those seven Sefirot to the Nukva, Rachel, who is called Shmita. “טוב” “Good” is the secret of the seven upper Sefirot drawn from Binah, being from the point of מפתחא, Maftecha: where “ט” from “טוב” is the secret of Yesod, “ו” is the secret of Tiferet encompassing six Sefirot, “ב” is the secret of the two הה HH of the YHVH name.
The jubilee that is Binah is concealed, and Shmita is revealed, meaning the Light Chassadim is revealed in the Light of Chokma.
Leah is the aspect of the jubilee, the upper level of Zeir of Anpin that is concealed. Rachel is on the lower part, the Nukva of Zeir Anpin, the revealed world.
Even Laban served Hashem’s plan to establish Jacob as the chariot for the middle line. Leah represents Zeir Anpin’s connection to Binah, the upper ה H, and was supposed to be connected to Jacob first. Rachel came after with her righteousness to bind Jacob to Malchut, the lower ה H of the name.
Before the wedding ceremony and the holy unification, the groom lifts the veil over the face of the Bride to make sure that she was not ‘swapped’ the way Laban swapped Leah for Rachel.
Before the holy part of the ceremony, the Bride surrounds the groom seven times, drawing the Light from Binah to Malchut. The groom receives Light from Binah, which purifies him like the Light of Yom Kippur. That is why the groom, before the wedding, uses the exact confession text from the prayer of Yom Kippur to cleanse himself and be ready for the great Light.
The Bride is the vehicle to draw this Light, and when they manifest the wedding in their unification, the wife receives from her husband the soul level of Ruach that binds them in holiness.