Daily Zohar # 4473 – Mishpatim – What have you done?
Daily Zohar 4473
Continued from previous DZ
And if the one who has now entered, that is the second soul, has strengthened and prevailed over the first soul, the first one departs from there and goes his way. And one may ask where he went and what became of him. He (the Elder) said to himself, ‘Old man, old man, what have you done? You thought to speak a little and then escape from this, but behold, you had entered a place where no other man had entered since the days when Doeg and Ahitophel posed these questions, about those four hundred questions they asked about the tower flying in the air. And no man could answer them until King Solomon came and clarified each and everyone according to its proper explanation. Old man, old man, a supreme secret that was hidden, you have come to reveal; what have you done?
Doeg and Ahitophel’s’ story’ is from 2 Samuel. The Talmud discussion of their actions can be found here:
The Elder was concerned whether the secrets he shared with Rabbi Yossi were disclosed appropriately, as unveiling the secrets of the Torah to others can be likened to revealing the beauty of a young woman to those who may not worthy or appreciate its sanctity. The Zohar, in its essence, cloaks the secrets of the Torah in layers of allegory and metaphor. Without the insights of spiritual luminaries like the Holy Ari, and those who followed in his footsteps, such as Rabbi Ashlag of blessed memory, the profound depths of the Torah would remain elusive to us.
We are privileged to study the Zohar through ‘the Sulam’ (the Ladder), which are the translations and commentaries provided by Rabbi Ashlag on the Zohar. This remarkable aspect of the Zohar is its ability to resonate with each individual at their own level of understanding, offering a unique spiritual force that enlightens and elevates.