Zohar Chukat Section 1 - Ordinance of the Torah Part 2

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Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat Section 3. - "THIS IS THE ORDINANCE OF THE TORAH," PART TWO



Rabbi Elazar says that 'keep' and 'remember', the secret of the male and female, are connected together by the covenant. We are told the inner meaning of 'chukat' or ordinance.

Pasook 16. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat

זֹאת חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה. זֹאת: דָּא אָת קַיָּימָא, דְּלָא אִתְפְּרַשׁ דָּא מִן דָּא דְּאִקְרֵי זֶה. וּמִנוּקְבָא עָיֵיל לִדְכַר. וע"ד, שָׁמוֹ"ר וְזָכוֹ"ר כַּחֲדָא מִתְחַבְּרָן. חֻקַּת הַתּוֹרָה, חֹק הַתּוֹרָה מִבָּעֵי לֵיהּ, מַאי חֻקַּת.

"This is the ordinance of the Torah" (Bemidbar 19:2). The word "this (Heb. zot, fem.)" is the sign of the Covenant, SINCE THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT IS CALLED 'zeh' (LIT. 'THIS', MASC.), and they have not parted from each other. THAT IS, IN THE WORD Zot, WHICH IS MALCHUT, THE WORD Zeh IS INCLUDED, WHICH ALLUDES TO YESOD, AND THAT INDICATES THAT YESOD AND MALCHUT DO NOT SEPARATE FROM EACH OTHER. From the female we enter into the male. Therefore, 'keep' and 'remember', THE SECRET OF THE MALE AND FEMALE, are connected together. HE ASKS: In the verse, "the ordinance (Heb. chukat) of the Torah," it should have said 'Chok (Eng. 'law')' of the Torah. What is chukat?

chanoch adds: An excellant question that most people miss. Why should it be Chok? It is talking about one law. The law of the Para Aduma. This law has various components like the preparation by Eleazer and the actual burning by another Priest who becomes Tamay as well as the section that explains how and when and where to throw the mixture of water and ashes. Yet it is still one law.

Pasook 17. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Chukat

אֶלָּא חֻקַּת וַדַּאי, וְאוֹקִימְנָא, ה' ד' הֲוַת וְהָא אִתְּמַר. אֲבָל תּ', הוּא ד' וְנ' מְחֻבָּר כַּחֲדָא. וְנוּ"ן הָא אִתְּמַר, נוּ"ן אֲמַאי אִקְרֵי הָכִי בְּנוּ"ן. אֶלָּא, כד"א וְלֹא תוֹנוּ אִישׁ אֶת עֲמִיתוֹ. דְּהַשְׁתָא הִיא בְּאַנְפָּהָא נְהִירִין וְעַבְדָא אוֹנָאָה לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא, לְבָתַר מַחְיָא כְּחִוְיָא, וְשָׁצֵי וְקָטִיל וְאָמְרָה לֹא פָעַלְתִּי אָוֶן. וְעַל דָּא הָכִי אִקְרֵי בְּנוּ"ן, דְּאִתְּמַר עָלֵיהּ. ת' כֹּלָּא כַּחֲדָא דָּלֶ"ת נוּ"ן. ד' נוּ"ן נוּ"ן רֵי"שׁ, רֵי"שׁ וְדָלֶ"ת חַד מִלָּה הוּא. וּבְאַתְוָו"ן גְּלִיפִין אִינּוּן חֹק ות' וְכֹלָּא חַד מִלָּה.

HE RESPONDS: MALCHUT IS assuredly chukat. And we explained that Hei is Dalet, and we were already taught THE MEANING OF THE Dalet. However, Tav is a combination of Dalet and Nun, and we were taught why Nun is called this way, MEANING SPELLED WITH THE LETTERS Nun-Vav- Nun. HE RESPONDS: It is only as it says, "you shall not therefore defraud one another" (Vayikra 25:17), SINCE Nun IS FROM THE LINGUISTIC DERIVATIVE OF 'FRAUD' (HEB. ona'a, ALEPH-VAV-NUN-ALEPH-HEI). Now she seems to be with a happy, delightful face. HOWEVER, she defrauds human beings SINCE, following this, she hits like a snake, destroys, kills, and says, "I have done nothing wrong (Heb. aven, Aleph- Vav-Nun)" (Mishlei 30:20). Therefore, she is spelled Nun-Vav-Nun, DERIVED FROM FRAUD, which is ascribed to her, THE Nun. The Tav is altogether composed of Dalet and Nun. Dalet and Nun are ALSO SIMILAR TO Nun and Resh, SINCE Resh and Dalet are the same thing; BOTH MEAN POVERTY. And with engraved letters, CHUKAT is composed of THE LETTERS Chet-Kof (lit. 'law') and Tav. And all is the same thing.

chanoch's Commentary

For an advanced student of Kabbalah this verse is straight forward and clear. Return to this verse next year and see how much more you have come to understand about the letters themselves.