Daily Zohar – Tikunim – # 864 – Don’t be stupid!
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Tikkun 69 – 104
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-קַיִן, אֵי הֶבֶל אָחִיךָ; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא יָדַעְתִּי, הֲשֹׁמֵר אָחִי אָנֹכִי”
“And the LORD said unto Cain: ‘Where is Abel thy brother?’ And he said: ‘I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?’”
Rabbi Shimon asks ,”Was not the Holy One, Bless be He, knew where is Abel. We know that there is nothing hidden from God, as it said in Jeremiah 23:24
“אִם-יִסָּתֵר אִישׁ בַּמִּסְתָּרִים וַאֲנִי לֹא-אֶרְאֶנּוּ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה: הֲלוֹא אֶת-הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת-הָאָרֶץ אֲנִי מָלֵא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה”
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith YHVH. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith YHVH. ”
Rabbi Shimon continues “Woe to those stupid people that their heart is closed, and their eyes are shut” as it said on them in Psalms 115:5
“פֶּה-לָהֶם, וְלֹא יְדַבֵּרוּ; עֵינַיִם לָהֶם, וְלֹא יִרְאוּ”
“They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not”
They are like animals that cannot see and understand in the Torah but the chaff and straw that are the outside covers.
Rabbi Shimon uses the example of Chaff and straw because they are shells that cover the wheat and have no value. Because of that they are exempt from tithing.
Wheat, חטה, has numerical value of 22 and this is the aspect of the 22 letters of the Torah.
Rabbi Shimon now explains the question that also holds the answer. The אי , “where” is formed of two letters.א represents אהיה AHYH that is the supernal mother, Shechina, that also has the name ‘אנכי’, “I AM” . י,Yod, represents YHVH. These two letters that bring the light to the world removed themselves from the lower name of אדני, ADNY, and went up to Chokmah, leaving behind the two letters דנ, that represent the judgment in the world.
When Cain answered “am I my brother’s keeper”, he meant that he didn’t know that ‘I AM’, אנכי, is with his brother.
We learn from this Zohar section that it is very important to study Torah to the deepest levels.
The Daily Zohar follows Rabbi Shimon’s system of bringing Torah verses and uncovering the deep secrets within them to reveal their inner light.
Rabbi Shimon, in Zohar Beha’alothcha, curses every person that relates only to the stories of the Torah. He says that a simple person can write more exciting stories to entertain the people. The Torah is a code, a guide for us to seek and study in order to connect and draw its light.