Daily Zohar # 4431 – Miketz – How to avert judgment
Daily Zohar 4431
168. רַבִּי יוֹסֵי פָּתַח וְאָמַר, (נחום א) אִם שְׁלֵמִים וְכֵן רַבִּים וְכֵן נָגוֹזּוּ וְעָבָר וְעִנִּתִךְ לֹא אֲעַנֵּךְ עוֹד. הַפָּסוּק הַזֶּה בֵּאֲרוּהוּ, שֶׁכַּאֲשֶׁר הָעָם בְּכֻלָּם יֵשׁ שָׁלוֹם וְאֵין בָּהֶם בַּעֲלֵי שִׂנְאָה, הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא חָס עֲלֵיהֶם, וְהַדִּין לֹא שׁוֹלֵט בָּהֶם. וְאַף עַל גַּב שֶׁכֻּלָּם עוֹבְדִים לְכוֹכָבִים וּמַזָּלוֹת וְהֵם בְּשָׁלוֹם – הַדִּין לֹא שׁוֹלֵט עֲלֵיהֶם, וּבֵאֲרוּהָ שֶׁכָּתוּב (הושע ד) חֲבוּר עֲצַבִּים אֶפְרַיִם הַנַּח לוֹ.
Continued from previous DZ
He answers, “God forbid that Joseph had such an intention. Instead, he acted towards Shimon as a man would towards his brother, in a manner of brotherhood, and not otherwise. And not only with him alone, but he also did the same with all his brothers to behave towards them in a fraternal manner, as it is written;
“וַיְצַו יוֹסֵף וַיְמַלְאוּ אֶת כְּלֵיהֶם בָּר וּלְהָשִׁיב כַּסְפֵּיהֶם אִישׁ אֶל שַׂקּוֹ וְלָתֵת לָהֶם צֵדָה לַדָּרֶךְ וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם כֵּן.”
“Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus, he did for them.”
“כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה אִם שְׁלֵמִים וְכֵן רַבִּים וְכֵן נָגֹזּוּ וְעָבָר וְעִנִּתִךְ לֹא אֲעַנֵּךְ עוֹד.”
“Thus says YHVH: “Though if they are safe (also, whole, complete), and likewise many, Yet in this manner they will be cut down When he passes through. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more;”
Rabbi Yosei explains that when all the people are at peace, and there are no factions among them, the Holy One, blessed be He, has mercy on them, and judgment does not rule over them. Even if they are all idolaters, judgment does not rule over them if they are at peace. And it is explained with the verse,
“חֲבוּר עֲצַבִּים אֶפְרָיִם הַנַּח לוֹ.”
“Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.”
This means that even if they worship idols, that is, idolatry, nonetheless, if they are united, let him be.
Harmony and unity are crucial for averting judgments. While God may overlook disbelief in him, He will inflict judgment on those who disrupt peace and unity. It should be noted that avoiding judgment does not necessarily mean attracting blessings.