Daily Zohar # 4453 – Vaera – Leah’s and Rachel’s tears are from a different levels
Daily Zohar 4453
148. וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אָמַר: אַתְּ בָּכִית בִּשְׁבִיל אוֹתוֹ צַדִּיק כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא תִהְיִי בְּגוֹרָלוֹ שֶׁל אוֹתוֹ רָשָׁע, חַיָּיִךְ אֲחוֹתֵךְ תַּעֲמֹד בְּפָרָשַׁת דְּרָכִים וְתִבְכֶּה עַל גָּלוּת יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאַתְּ תַּעַמְדִי בִּפְנִים וְלֹא תִבְכִּי עֲלֵיהֶם, וְרָחֵל הִיא הַבּוֹכָה עַל גָּלוּת יִשְׂרָאֵל.
149. אֲבָל פָּסוּק זֶה הוּא עַל מַה שֶּׁאָמַרְנוּ. אֲבָל סוֹד הַדָּבָר, שֶׁרָחֵל וְלֵאָה הֵן שְׁנֵי עוֹלָמוֹת, אֶחָד עוֹלָם הַנִּכְסֶה, וְאֶחָד עוֹלָם הַנִּגְלֶה, וְלָכֵן זוֹ נִקְבְּרָה וְנִסְתַּתְּרָה בְּתוֹךְ הַמְּעָרָה וְנִתְכַּסְּתָה, וְזוֹ עוֹמֶדֶת בְּפָרָשַׁת דְּרָכִים בַּנִּגְלֶה, וְהַכֹּל כַּצּוּרָה הָעֶלְיוֹנָה, וְלָכֵן לֹא הִכְנִיס אוֹתָהּ יַעֲקֹב לַמְּעָרָה וְלֹא בְּמָקוֹם אַחֵר, שֶׁהֲרֵי כָּתוּב (שם מח) בְּעוֹד כִּבְרַת אֶרֶץ לָבֹא אֶפְרָתָה, וְלֹא הִכְנִיס אוֹתָהּ לָעִיר, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהָיָה יוֹדֵעַ שֶׁמְּקוֹמָה הָיָה בְּמָקוֹם הַנִּגְלֶה.
Continued from previous DZ
He answered, referring to others that said, It is written ‘Leah’s eyes were tender,’ and why were they tender? Because every day, she went to the crossroads and inquired about Esau, hearing of his wicked deeds. She feared falling into becoming his wife and wept every day until her eyes became tender.
The Holy One, Blessed be He, said, ‘You (Leah) wept so that you would be deserving of the righteous Jacob and not be in the lot of that wicked man. I will make that your sister will stand at the crossroads and weep over the exile of Israel. And you shall be inside, meaning in the Cave of Machpelah, and you shall not weep for them. Rachel will weep over the exile of Israel.
This verse can be understood simply as we have said. But the secret is that Rachel and Leah represent two worlds. The Nukva aspect from the upper part of Zeir Anpin (from the chest upwards) is called Leah, and the Nukva aspect from the chest downwards in the Zeir Anpin is called Rachel. Leah is the world that is concealed, and Rachel is the world that is revealed. Corresponding to their spiritual states, Leah was buried and hidden inside the Cave of the Machpelah, while Rachel was buried in a visible place, at the crossroads on the road to Ephrath.
Jacob knew that Rachel’s place should be in an exposed location, so he did not bring her to the cave or any other place.
Leah represents the connection of Zeir Anpin, Jacob, to Binah, while Rachel connects Zeir Anpin to Malchut. Rachel’s sons, Joseph and Benjamin, were not included in the count of the twelve tribes. Jacob ‘adopted’ Ephraim and Menashe, Rachel’s grandsons, as heads of tribes. Joseph merited to be the chariot for Yessod, channeling sustenance from the upper worlds to Malchut.
Jacob is the middle line and represents the letter ו (Vav) of the YHVH name. Leah was first with Jacob and took the higher position, connecting Jacob to Binah, representing the upper letter ה (He) of the name. Rachel was the second and facilitated the connection of Jacob, Zeir Anpin, to Malchut. Although Joseph was her first son, he was also foremost in Jacob’s mind when he was with Leah for the first time. Joseph is Yessod of Zeir Anpin, connecting all the Light from above to Malchut.
We learn from the Zohar that everything in the world below has parallels in the spiritual levels above.
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