Zohar Chukat Section 1 - Ordinance of the Torah

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Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat Section 1. "THIS IS THE ORDINANCE OF THE TORAH"


Rabbi Yosi draws a distinction between the Torah itself, that is Zeir Anpin, and the law of the Torah, that is Malchut. Rabbi Yehuda says that the verse, "and this is the Torah," means a union of total perfection, including male and female, but the verse, "this is the ordinance of the Torah," means Malchut without Zeir Anpin.

Pasook 1. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat

וַיְדַבֵּר יְיָ' אֶל מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל אַהֲרֹן לֵאמֹר זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְיָ' לֵאמֹר וְגוֹ'. ר' יוֹסֵי פָּתַח, וְזֹאת הַתּוֹרָה אֲשֶׁר שָׂם מֹשֶׁה לִפְנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. ת"ח, מִלִּין דְּאוֹרַיְיתָא קַדִּישִׁין אִינּוּן, עִלָּאִין אִינּוּן, מְתִיקִין אִינּוּן. כְּמָה דִּכְתִּיב, הַנֶּחֱמָדִים מִזָּהָב וּמִפָּז רָב וּמְתוּקִים מִדְּבַשׁ וְגוֹ'. מַאן דְּאִשְׁתְּדַל בְּאוֹרַיְיתָא, כְּאִלּוּ קָאֵים כָּל יוֹמָא עַל טוּרָא דְּסִינַי וְקַבִּיל אוֹרַיְיתָא. הה"ד, הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה נִהְיֵיתָ לְעָם. וְהָא אוּקְמוּהָ חַבְרַיָּיא.

"And Hashem spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 'This is the ordinance of the Torah which Hashem has commanded'" (Bemidbar 19:1-2). Rabbi Yosi opened the discussion saying: "and this is the Torah which Moses set before the children of Yisrael" (Devarim 4:44). Come and behold: the words of the Torah are holy, lofty, and sweet, as it is written: "more to be desired are they than gold, and much fine gold: sweeter also than honey..." (Tehilim 19:11). It is as if whoever studies the Torah stands every day at Mount Sinai and receives the Torah. This is what it says: "this day you are become a people" (Devarim 27:9). And the friends have already set the explanation.

chanoch's Commentary

The English translation is a corruption in this Pasook. The Hebrew word is Chukat which cones from the shoresh Hoke. A Hoke is a law which has no human capability of understanding it. This is what most people are taught. The Kabbalah teaches that the small Gematria of Chukat is 13. This is a word that is demonstrating the unification of Zeir Anpin and Malchut. How does this get accomplished and what is this teaching remains to be revealed.

Pasook 2. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat

כְּתִיב הָכָא זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה, וּכְתִיב וְזֹאת הַתּוֹרָה, מַה בֵּין הַאי לְהַאי. אֶלָּא רָזָא עִלָּאָה הוּא, וְהָכִי אוֹלִיפְנָא, וְזֹאת הַתּוֹרָה: לְאַחֲזָאָה כֹּלָּא בְּיִחוּדָא חַד, וּלְאַכְלְלָא כנ"י בְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, לְאִשְׁתַּכְּחָא כֹּלָּא חַד. בְּגִינֵי כַּךְ וְזֹאת הַתּוֹרָה. אֲמַאי תּוֹסֶפֶת וָא"ו. אֶלָּא הָא אִתְּמַר, לְאַחֲזָאָה דְּכֹלָּא חַד, בְּלָא פֵּרוּדָא. וְזֹאת: כְּלַל וּפְרָט כַּחֲדָא, דְּכַר וְנוּקְבָּא. ובג"כ וְזֹאת הַתּוֹרָה וַדַּאי. אֲבָל זֹאת בְּלָא תּוֹסֶפֶת וָא"ו, חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה וַדַּאי, וְלָא הַתּוֹרָה, דִּינָא דְּאוֹרַיְיתָא, גְּזֵרָה דְּאוֹרַיְיתָא.

It is written here: "this is the ordinance of the Torah," and it is also, "and this is the Torah," BUT IT IS NOT WRITTEN, 'THE ORDINANCE'. What is the difference between this and that? HE RESPONDS: It is a lofty secret and that is what we learned. The words, "and this is the Torah," are to show that all is in one unison and to unite the Congregation of Yisrael, THAT IS MALCHUT, with the Holy One, blessed be He, THAT IS ZEIR ANPIN, so that all will be one. Therefore, "and this is the Torah." Why is there the addition of "and" (Heb. Vav), TO "this"? It is only to show that as we are taught, all is one without division. The words, "and this," indicate the general and the particular, NAMELY male and female combined together, SINCE VAV IS MALE, THAT IS ZEIR ANPIN, WHICH IS GENERAL – AND "THIS" IS FEMALE, MEANING MALCHUT, WHICH IS PARTICULAR. Therefore, it is assuredly WRITTEN: "and this is the Torah," TO INDICATE ZEIR ANPIN AND THE NUKVA IN ONE UNISON. However, "this," without the additional Vav is specifically the ordinance of the Torah, WHICH IS MALCHUT THAT IS CONSIDERED THE ORDINANCE. AND it EMANATES FROM ZEIR ANPIN, WHICH IS CONSIDERED THE TORAH, but is not the Torah ITSELF, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN. It is ONLY the law of the Torah, the decree of Torah, WHICH IS MALCHUT.

chanoch's Commentary

Learn this well. If you see the phrase Zot HaTorah it means this is the Oral Law or the Oral tradition of the Torah - it is not the Torah itself. It is not complete. It is an aspect of judgment, while the Torah is always Mercy. If you see the phrase VZot HaTorah it is referring to both levels of the Torah. The written and the Oral together in unity.

Pasook 3. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat

ת"ח, זֹאת אֲשֶׁר לַלְוִיִּם, וְלָא וְזֹאת. דְּהָא מִסִּטְרָא דְּדִינָא קָא אַתְיָין, וְלָא מִסִּטְרָא דְּרַחֲמֵי. א"ר יְהוּדָה, וְהָא כְּתִיב וְזֹאת עֲשׂוּ לָהֶם וְחָיוּ. וְדָא בְּלֵוָיאֵי אִתְּמַר, וְאַתְּ אַמְרַת זֹאת וְלָא וְזֹאת. אָ"ל, וַדַּאי הָכִי הוּא, וּקְרָא מוֹכַח, מַאן דְּאָחִיד סָמָא דְּמוֹתָא, אִי לָא יְעָרַב בֵּיהּ סָמָא דְּחַיֵּי, הָא וַדַּאי יְמוּת. וע"ד, וְזֹאת עֲשׂוּ לָהֶם וְחָיוּ, וְלֹא יָמוּתוּ, בְּגִין דְּסָמָא דְּחַיֵּי מְעֻרָב בַּהֲדֵיהּ, וְזֹאת עֲשׂוּ וְחָיוּ וְלֹא יָמוּתוּ, וַדַּאי וְזֹאת אִצְטְרִיךְ לְהוּ, וְלָא זֹאת. בְּגִינֵי כַּךְ וְזֹאת הַתּוֹרָה מַמָּשׁ, בְּיִחוּדָא חַד, בְּיִחוּדָא שְׁלִים, כְּלָלָא דִּדְכַר וְנוּקְבָּא. ו"ה. זֹאת: ה' בִּלְחוֹדוֹי, וע"ד זֹאת חוּקַּת הַתּוֹרָה

Come and behold: IT IS WRITTEN, "this is that which belongs to the Levites" (Bemidbar 8:24). It is not WRITTEN, 'and this,' WITH A VAV, since they emerge from the side of Judgment, WHICH IS FROM THE LEFT SIDE AND FROM THE SIDE OF MALCHUT THAT IS ERECTED FROM THE LEFT, and not from the angle of Compassion, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN. THEREFORE, "THIS" IT IS WRITTEN WITHOUT A VAV, MEANING MALCHUT WITHOUT ZEIR ANPIN. Rabbi Yehuda said: Yet it is written, "and this do to them, that they may live" (Bemidbar 4:19). Here, "THIS" IS WITH A VAV, and it is said about the Levites, and yet you say THAT THE LEVITES ARE THE ASPECT OF "this," and not of, "and this." He said to him: It is most certainly so, THAT THEY ARE IN THE ASPECT OF, "AND THIS." The scripture proves that whoever holds on to deadly poison spices but does not blend into it life-giving spices will certainly die. Therefore, IT IS WRITTEN: "And this do to them, that they may live," MEANING THAT "THIS," WHICH IS THE SECRET OF MALCHUT, CONSIDERED THE TREE OF DEATH, SHOULD JOIN WITH VAV, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN, THE TREE OF LIFE. "…and not die…" (Ibid.) This is because the spice of life is mixed with it. THEREFORE, "and this do to them, that they may live, and not die," since they require, "and this," and not 'this'. THEREFORE, the verse: "and this is the Torah," INDICATES that it really is actually in one union, a union of total perfection, male and female in one inclusion; THAT IS THE SECRET OF Vav-Hei. However, "this," ALONE WITHOUT THE VAV, is a Hei alone WITHOUT A VAV, THAT IS, MALCHUT WITHOUT ZEIR ANPIN. About this, it IS WRITTEN: "this is the ordinance of the Torah."

chanoch adds: Please see the second Pasook. This third Pasook is just reinforcing the second Pasook and our understanding.