Daily Zohar # 4417 – Vayishlach – You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together
Daily Zohar 4417
145. מִצַּד שֶׁל רוּחַ הַטֻּמְאָה כַּמָּה דְרָגוֹת נִפְרָדוֹת, וְכֻלָּם אוֹרְבִים לְקַטְרֵג אֵלֶּה כְּנֶגֶד אֵלֶּה, שֶׁהֲרֵי כָּתוּב (דברים כב) לֹא תַחֲרֹשׁ בְּשׁוֹר וּבַחֲמֹר יַחְדָּו, שֶׁכְּשֶׁמִּתְחַבְּרִים, מְקַטְרְגִים עוֹלָם.
146. וּבֹא וּרְאֵה, תְּשׁוּקַת הַדְּרָגוֹת הַטְּמֵאוֹת אֵינָהּ אֶלָּא לְקַטְרֵג בַּצְּדָדִים הַקְּדוֹשִׁים. יַעֲקֹב, שֶׁהוּא קָדוֹשׁ, כֻּלָּם אָרְבוּ לוֹ וְקִטְרְגוּ עִמּוֹ. בַּתְּחִלָּה נְשָׁכוֹ נָחָשׁ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר וַיִּגַּע בְּכַף יְרֵכוֹ. עַכְשָׁו נְשָׁכוֹ חֲמוֹר.
Continued from previous DZ
“וַתֵּצֵא דִינָה בַּת לֵאָה אֲשֶׁר יָלְדָה לְיַעֲקֹב לִרְאוֹת בִּבְנוֹת הָאָרֶץ.”
“Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.”
“And Dinah went out, etc.” And the friends explained it. Many levels and aspects separate from above, some to holiness and some to the Other Side (Sitra Achra) in the secret of what is said: “God has made one opposite the other.” And they all are distinct from each other, some for kindness (Chessed) and some for judgments (Dinim). Different beasts from each other. Some were created to rule over others and to prey, each according to its kind.
From the aspect of the spirit of impurity, many levels break out, and all of them lie in wait to trouble the holiness, each opposite the other, as it is written,
“לֹא תַחֲרֹשׁ בְּשׁוֹר וּבַחֲמֹר יַחְדָּו.”
“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”
For when they are joined, they destroy the world.
The desire of the levels of impurity is only to trouble the holy levels. Jacob, who was holy, as mentioned earlier, where it is written about him “And Jacob came whole,” etc., all איק forces of impurity lay in wait for him and troubled him. At first, he was bitten by the Snake, as written, (Genesis 32:26) “And he touched the socket of his thigh.” This is said about the angel of Esau, who rides on the a Snake. Now, he was bitten by a donkey, that is, Shechem the son of Hamor (חֲמוֹר, donkey), who represents the right side of the Klipah.
Jacob was holy and merited being a chariot for the Central line of the Tree of Life because he did not shy away from the challenges he faced and consistently followed the Torah. He struggled with his brother Esau and his father-in-law Laban. His daughter Dinah was kidnapped, and Joseph disappeared, yet he remained connected to Hashem, even during the spiritually low period when Joseph was considered dead.
Many people, when faced with challenges, enter a mindset of complaining against Hashem and resent their connection to Him. However, we should accept both the good and the suffering as coming from Hashem, because everything happen to us is for our own good, even if we don’t see it. We are limited beings and cannot see the future. We must put it deep in our minds and heart that there is nothing but Him in the whole existence, as the Torah says, “אין עוד מלבדו,” meaning “there is nothing but Him.”
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