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Tikkun 47 – 3
When God said ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’ he used the plural form, ‘Let us’, ‘Our image’, ‘Our likeness’. The Zohar asks to whom God was talking to? And answers that God was talking to the angels that are close to him.
The Creator of the world and our spiritual system is the light of the Endless. These angels are the aspect of Keter, Chokmah and Binah. They are Holy and connect to the Endless every day with the words “קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ קָדוֹשׁ” that is mentioned in the vision of Isaiah chapter 6.
These angels also ask the question: “Where is the place of his Glory?” “אַיֵּה מְקוֹם כְּבוֹדוֹ”. A question is a vessel and when the angels asked the question, the light was already in it. The answer is “The Shabbat”. During the highest level connection of Shabbat, we repeat the qusetion of the angels and the Holy Ari reveasl to us that when we recite the word “אַיֵּה”, “Where”, we receive the soul level of Neshama of Shabbat. The word consists of the initials for “את יום השבת” “The Shabbat Day”.
When God created Adam, whom we all are a part of, he designed the system to allow complete connection to him through the system of the ten Sefirot.
The upper three are the Holy ones, Keter, Chokmah and Binah as they are always connected to the Endless.
Man, Adam, אָדָם, has the same numerical value, 45, of the spelled name of God, YHVH, יו”ד ה”א וא”ו ה”א. The ten letters are the aspect of the ten Sefirot.
Understanding the above gives explanation to why a great Kabbalist, “Ben Ish Chai” said studying the Zohar on Shabbat is worth 1000 hours of study on a regular weekday.
If you read Hebrew, check “The Value of one hour” http://dailyzohar.com/?page_id=3579
It’s a collection of quotes and explanations about the value of studying the Zohar.
Sorry, but there is no English translation but some quotes from this essay are translated and available on the home page of http://unityzohar.com/.