Zohar Behar Section 1 - "Burn Upon the Altar All Night"

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Zohar Behar Section 1 Commentary on Parasha BEHAR


Rabbi Elazar talks about the nighttime when Judgments are awakened in the world and sorcery is performed. He tells what happens when midnight approaches, and the joy that God finds among the Righteous in the Garden of Eden. In the morning the Judgments and flames are stilled, and Abraham brings rest to all.

Pasook 1. of Zohar Behar Section 1 Commentary on Parasha Behar

וַיְדַבֵּר יְיָ’ אֶל מֹשֶׁה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹר. דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ וְגוֹ'. רִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר פָּתַח, זֹאת תּוֹרַת הָעוֹלָה הִיא הָעוֹלָה וְגוֹ'. הַאי קְרָא בִּכְנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל אוֹקִימְנָא, דְּהִיא סַלְּקָא וּמִתְחַבְּרָא בְּמַלְכָּא קַדִּישָׁא בְּזִוּוּגָא שְׁלִים.

"And Hashem spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 'Speak to the children of Yisrael, and say to them: When you come to the land...'" (Vayikra 25:1-2). Rabbi Elazar commenced the discussion with the verse: "This is the Torah of the burnt offering (Heb. olah). It is the burnt offering..." (Vayikra 6:2). We established this verse address the Congregation of Yisrael, which rises (Heb. olah) and joins with the Holy King in a perfect union.

This verse being the first two verses in the Parasha of Behar is connecting to the 7 lower Sefirot since it has 7 words. It also relates to the idea of Malchut Shebe Malchut through its 25 letters. All verses in the Chumash are connecting to Sefirot. Which ones needs to be revealed by the people who study Kabbalah. A quick hint is the idea of the two Names of God that are explicitly revealed in the first verse. HaShem and El. El is being translated as not connecting to God yet it does so. El is a Name of God as well as a connecting word meaning "to". The phrase "Land of Israel" is also a Name of God. There is much to learn from these relationships.

Pasook 2. from the Zohar Commentary on Parashsa Behar

הִיא הָעוֹלָה עַל מוֹקְדָה עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ כָּל הַלַּיְלָה וְגוֹ'. ת"ח, כֵּיוָן דְּעָאל לֵילְיָא, וְתַרְעִין סְתִימִין, דִּינִין תַּתָּאִין מִתְעֲרִין בְּעָלְמָא, וְאַזְלִין וְשָׁאטִין, חֲמָרֵי וַאֲתָנֵי וְכַלְבֵי. חֲמָרֵי הָא אוֹקִימְנָא, וְכַלְבֵי וְאַתְנֵי, לָא שָׁאטָן וְלָא אַזְלִין, אֶלָּא בְּהוּ עַבְדֵי חֲרָשַׁיָּא לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא. כְּגוֹן בִּלְעָם, וְאוֹקְמוּהָ. כְּדֵין כָּל בְּנֵי עָלְמָא נַיְימִין, וּמִזְבֵּחַ תַּתָּאָה דִּלְבַר אִתּוֹקַד.

"It is the burnt offering, which shall be burning upon the altar all night" (Ibid.). Come and behold: when night comes and the gates are shut, Judgments below are awakened in the world, and mules and dogs go and roam about. We established THAT ON THE FIRST WATCH OF THE NIGHT A MULE BRAYS. At this time, dogs and donkeys do not roam about; sorcery is performed with the mules by people such as Bilaam, WHO RODE ON HIS MULE. Then all of mankind is asleep, and the lower outer altar, BEING MALCHUT WHEN FILLED WITH JUDGMENT, burns.

chanoch's Commentary

Code word Mule is an animal that is sterile. What do you think to which this is referring? Another code word is a dog roaming. To what is this referring? Malchut which has no light of its own is not fulfilled at night since it is a vessel that is not fulfilled.

Pasook 3. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Behar

בְּפַלְגוּת לֵילְיָא, אִתְּעַר רוּחַ צָפוֹן, וּמֵהַהוּא מִזְבַּח תַּתָּאָה, נָפִיק שַׁלְהוֹבָא דְּאֶשָּׁא, וְתַרְעִין אִתְפְּתָחוּ, וְדִינִין תַּתָּאִין אִתְכְּנָשׁוּ בְּנוּקְבַיְיהוּ, וְהַהוּא שַׁלְהוֹבָא אָזִיל וְשָׁאט, וְתַרְעִין דג"ע אִתְפְּתָחוּ, עַד דְּמָטֵי הַהוּא שַׁלְהוֹבָא, אִתְפְּלַג לְכַמָּה סִטְרִין דְּעָלְמָא, וְעָאל תְּחוֹת גַּדְפּוֹי דְּתַרְנְגוֹלָא וְקָארֵי.

At midnight, the north wind is stirred, and from that lower altar, FROM MALCHUT, comes a flame of fire. The gates open and the lower Judgments, MEANING THE JUDGMENTS OF THE FEMALE, assemble in their holes. That flame goes and spreads, and the gates of the Garden of Eden open until that flame reaches and then divides to several directions of the world. It then enters beneath the wings of the cock, and it crows.

chanoch adds: Read the first of the morning Blessings and the code that is expressed and taught by the Kabbalah Centre in its book "dialing God". That is what is being hinted at by the codeword cock and crowing.

Pasook 4.from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Behar

כְּדֵין קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא אִשְׁתְּכַח בֵּין צַדִּיקַיָּיא, וכ"י מְשָׁבַּחַת לֵיהּ לְקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, עַד דְּאָתֵי צַפְרָא. כֵּיוָן דְּאָתֵי צַפְרָא, אִשְׁתְּכָחוּ מִשְׁתַּעְיָן בְּרָזָא חֲדָא. וְאִית לָהּ נַיְיחָא בְּבַעְלָהּ. הה"ד, עַל מוֹקְדָה עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ כָּל הַלַיְלָה וְגוֹ'. עַד הַבֹּקֶר, דְּהָא בְּצַפְרָא דִּינִין וֹשַׁלְהוֹבִין אִשְׁתְּכָכוּ, וּכְדֵין אִתְּעַר אַבְרָהָם בְּעָלְמָא, וְנַיְיחָא הוּא דְּכֹלָּא

Then the Holy One, blessed be He, is found among the righteous, and the Congregation of Yisrael offers praise to the Holy One, blessed be He, until the onset of morning. With the arrival of morning, they are found chatting about one secret, ONE WITH THE OTHER, THE SECRET OF THE THIRD WATCH WHEN THE WIFE CONVERSES WITH HER HUSBAND. She has rest with her husband. This is what is written: "which shall be burning upon the altar all night until the morning." ALL NIGHT SHE BURNS IN HER JUDGMENTS. "Until morning," that is, in the morning, the Judgments and flames are stilled. Then Abraham is stirred, BEING CHESED, with the world, and he brings rest to all.

chanoch's Commentary

The Parasha of Behar is a code word for Chesed which is what the Zohar is teaching us here in this section.