Daily Zohar # 4455 – Bo – The smell of a blessed field
Daily Zohar 4455
154. בֹּא רְאֵה, וַיָּרַח אֶת רֵיחַ בְּגָדָיו – בַּתְּחִלָּה. וּכְשֶׁהִרְגִּישׁ אָמַר, רְאֵה רֵיחַ בְּנִי, שֶׁיָּדַע שֶׁבּוֹ הַדָּבָר הָיָה תָּלוּי, שֶׁבִּגְלָלוֹ הֶעֱלָה רֵיחַ. כְּרֵיחַ שָׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר בֵּרֲכוֹ ה’, וְכִי מִנַּיִן הָיָה יוֹדֵעַ יִצְחָק רֵיחַ שָׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר בֵּרֲכוֹ ה’?
155. אֶלָּא שְׁנֵי דְבָרִים הֵם, וְהַכֹּל הוּא אֶחָד, שֶׁכָּתוּב (בראשית כד) וַיֵּצֵא יִצְחָק לָשׂוּחַ בַּשָּׂדֶה לִפְנוֹת עָרֶב. וְכִי לֹא הָיָה לוֹ בַּיִת אוֹ מָקוֹם אַחֵר לְהִתְפַּלֵּל? אֶלָּא אוֹתוֹ הַשָּׂדֶה הָיָה אֲשֶׁר קָנָה אַבְרָהָם סָמוּךְ לַמְּעָרָה, שֶׁכָּתוּב הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר קָנָה אַבְרָהָם מֵאֵת בְּנֵי חֵת. וּבְשָׁעָה שֶׁהָיָה יִצְחָק נִכְנָס אֵלָיו, רָאָה שְׁכִינָה עָלָיו, וְהֶעֱלָה רֵיחוֹת עֶלְיוֹנִים קְדוֹשִׁים, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ הָיָה מִתְפַּלֵּל שָׁם, וּקְבָעוֹ לִתְפִלָּתוֹ.
Continued from previous DZ
“בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה יְהוָה אֱלֹהַי גָּדַלְתָּ מְּאֹד הוֹד וְהָדָר לָבָשְׁתָּ.”
“עֹטֶה אוֹר כַּשַּׂלְמָה נוֹטֶה שָׁמַיִם כַּיְרִיעָה.”
“Bless YHVH, O my soul! O YHVH my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,”
“He wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent.”
“הוֹד וְהָדָר לְפָנָיו עֹז וְתִפְאֶרֶת בְּמִקְדָּשׁוֹ.”
“Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.”
It is written, “YHVH God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty,” and it is written, “Honor and majesty are before Him,” and it is written, “He wraps Himself in light as with a garment.” These verses teach us that God wrapped Himself in light and created the heavens. Similar to this act of clothing were Adam’s garments. But how do we explain the verse;
“וַתִּקַּח רִבְקָה אֶת בִּגְדֵי עֵשָׂו בְּנָהּ הַגָּדֹל הַחֲמֻדֹת אֲשֶׁר אִתָּהּ בַּבָּיִת וַתַּלְבֵּשׁ אֶת יַעֲקֹב בְּנָהּ הַקָּטָן.”
“And Rebekah took finest clothes of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob, her younger son:”
“The finest clothes in the house” refers to royal garments made of silk and gold. And it is customary to store such garments in perfumes and fragrances due to the value of the clothing.
“וַיִּגַּשׁ וַיִּשַּׁק לוֹ וַיָּרַח אֶת רֵיחַ בְּגָדָיו וַיְבָרֲכֵהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר רְאֵה רֵיחַ בְּנִי כְּרֵיחַ שָׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר בֵּרֲכוֹ יְהוָה.”
“And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said: “Surely, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field Which YHVH has blessed.”
Isaac first smelled the scent of the garments, thinking the fragrance came from them. However, upon realizing this, he said, “See, the smell of my son,” because he knew that it was he who carried the scent and not the clothes themselves like the fragrance of a field that YHVH has blessed. The question arises: How did Isaac know of the “scent of a field that YHVH has blessed”?
The response given is that there are two aspects that are essentially one. It is written;
“וַיֵּצֵא יִצְחָק לָשׂוּחַ בַּשָּׂדֶה לִפְנוֹת עָרֶב וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה גְמַלִּים בָּאִים.”
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening, and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.”
“Isaac went out to meditate in the field,” which is the same as the field that YHVH blessed (#154). The question is, why didn’t Isaac choose his house or another place for prayer? Instead, the field he went to is the one that Abraham had purchased near the Cave of Machpelah; as it is written,
“הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר קָנָה אַבְרָהָם מֵאֵת בְּנֵי חֵת שָׁמָּה קֻבַּר אַבְרָהָם וְשָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ.”
“the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth. There Abraham was buried, and Sarah, his wife.”
When Isaac arrived at this field, he experienced the Shechinah, which brought forth holy, elevated fragrances. This is why Isaac prayed there, establishing it as his place of prayer.
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