Daily Zohar # 4437 – Vayechi – Reaching the place
Daily Zohar 4437
157. אָמַר לוֹ, אַבָּא, כַּמָּה זְמַן נָתְנוּ לִי בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה? אָמַר לוֹ, אֵין רְשׁוּת וְלֹא מוֹדִיעִים לְאָדָם, אֲבָל בַּהִלּוּלָא הַגְּדוֹלָה שֶׁל רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן תִּהְיֶה עוֹרֵךְ שֻׁלְחָנוֹ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר צְאֶינָה וּרְאֶינָה בְּנוֹת צִיּוֹן בַּמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה בָּעֲטָרָה שֶׁעִטְּרָה לוֹ אִמּוֹ בְּיוֹם חֲתֻנָּתוֹ וּבְיוֹם שִׂמְחַת לִבּוֹ.
Continued from previous DZ
Not only this, but seventy places are adorned here for his sake. Each place opens to seventy worlds, and each world opens to seventy messengers, and each messenger opens to seventy supernal crowns. From there, paths open to the concealed Keter (Atika, עתיקא), who is hidden from all, to behold the supreme delight that illuminates and brings pleasure to all. As it is written;
“אַחַת שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת יְהוָה אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית יְהוָה כָּל יְמֵי חַיַּי לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם יְהוָה וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ.”
“One thing I have desired of YHVH, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of YHVH All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of YHVH, And to visit in His temple.”
What does ‘and to visit His temple’ mean? It refers to “בְּכָל בֵּיתִי נֶאֱמָן הוּא.” “In all My house he is faithful.” (Numbers 12:7)
Rabbi Ashlag explains that we have no grasp of the upper three sefirot except for the seven lower sefirot alone. We cannot grasp even the upper three of the ten sefirot of the world of Action (world of Asiya), the lower of the four worlds. Only a few higher-level Tzadikim may grasp the seven Sefirot of the upper three Sefirot of the world of Atzilut. Rabbi Yitzhak’s father (in the dream) shared that Rabbi Shimon connects to the seven lower Sefirot of all the Partzufim (faces) of Atzilut, even the lower seven of the upper three sefirot of Atzilut.
Exodus 33:21 (Hashem responds to Moses after asking to see his ‘honor’ Exodus 33:18 )
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה הִנֵּה מָקוֹם אִתִּי וְנִצַּבְתָּ עַל הַצּוּר.”
“And YHVH said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.”
The “Place” is the Nukva of Zeir Anpin, meaning the lower seven sefirot of the Nukva, each including ten, making seventy. Zeir Anpin is referred to as “עולם” “world,” as in;
“כִּי אָמַרְתִּי עוֹלָם חֶסֶד יִבָּנֶה שָׁמַיִם תָּכִן אֱמוּנָתְךָ בָהֶם.”
For I have said, the world (עוֹלָם) will be built in grace (Chessed), and Heaven will establish your faithfulness.”
Each sefira of the seven sefirot of Zeir Anpin has ten individual Sefirot. Thus, each place opens to seventy worlds, each world to seventy messengers, which are Lights of Binah. Each messenger opens to seventy supernal crowns. The sefirot of Chokmah are called supernal crowns. From there, paths open to the supernal Keter (Atika), the Hidden of all, to behold the supreme delight. This indicates that these five Partzufim (faces) clothe on top of one another, beginning from Nukva, which opens pathways to Zeir Anpin, and so on, to Israel Sava and Tevuna, to the supernal Father and Mother, to the lower seven of Arich Anpin that is called Atika, each clothing the other, as explained above.
Rabbi Yitzchak asks, “Father, how much longer am I given to live in this world?” His father replied, “I do not have the authority to inform you of this; such things are not revealed to a person. However, on the great day of the joy of Rabbi Shimon, that is, on the day of his passing, which is a day of immense joy in all the worlds due to the abundance of secrets he revealed, as mentioned in the Idra Zuta, you will prepare his table, meaning you will participate with him in the revelation of secrets. As it is written;
“צְאֶינָה וּרְאֶינָה בְּנוֹת צִיּוֹן בַּמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה בָּעֲטָרָה שֶׁעִטְּרָה לּוֹ אִמּוֹ בְּיוֹם חֲתֻנָּתוֹ וּבְיוֹם שִׂמְחַת לִבּוֹ.”
“Go forth, O daughters of Zion, And see King Solomon with the crown With which his mother crowned him On the day of his wedding, The day of the gladness of his heart.”
“Daughters of Zion” is Malchut. The “King” is Zeir Anpin. The “crown from his mother” is the Light of the upper three Sefirot, received from Binah, Mother. The “day of his wedding” is the unification between Zeir Anpin and Malchut.
This verse is recited when we bring the Torah scroll out of the Ark for reading. The reading is our connection from Malchut to Zeir Anpin, the Torah, our ‘King’ to receive Light from Binah.
Our Zohar studies represent the same aspect of connection.