Zohar Emor Section 2 - "When a Man is About to Go to That World"

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Zohar Commentary Section 2 on Parasha EMOR


The Zohar give us description what happens when a peson is about to leave this world.

Pasook 5. from Zohar Commentary on Parasha Emor

תָּא חֲזֵי, בְּשַׁעֲתָא דְּבַר נָשׁ קָאֵים לְמֵיהַךְ לְהַהוּא עָלְמָא, וְהוּא בְּבֵי מַרְעֵיהּ, אַתְיָין עָלֵיהּ ג' שְׁלוּחִין, וְחָמֵי תַּמָּן, מַה דְּלָא יָכִיל בַּר נָשׁ לְמֵחֱמֵי כַּד אִיהוּ בְּהַאי עָלְמָא. וְהַהוּא יוֹמָא, יוֹמָא דְּדִינָא עִלָּאָה הוּא, דְּמַלְכָּא בָּעֵי פִּקְדוֹנָא דִּילֵיהּ. זַכָּאָה הַהוּא בַּר נָשׁ, דְּפִקְדוֹנֵיהּ אָתִיב לְמַלְכָּא כְּמָה דְּאִתְיְיהִיב לֵיהּ בְּגַוֵיהּ. אִי הַהוּא פִּקְדוֹנָא אִתְטְנָּף בְּטִנּוּפֵי גּוּפָא, מַה יֵימָּא לְמָארֵי פִּקְדוֹנָא.

Come and see, when a man is about to go to that world, and is on his sickbed, three messengers come to him. He sees there what one cannot see while in this world. That day is Judgment day, when the King asks for His deposit BACK, NAMELY THE SOUL. Happy is the man who returns the deposit to the King as it was given him, THAT IS, UNDAMAGED. If that deposit was soiled with bodily filth, what shall he say to the owner of the deposit?

chanoch's Commentary

In the Torah Parasha of Mishpatim there are significant regulations about a paid holder of a deposit and an unpaid holder of a deposit. These verses are referring to this process of the soul leaving the body since we are all holders of deposits. The deposit is our soul - the deposit is also our body but less so since it is physical and not eternal like the soul.

Who are the three messengers? What about someone who is not on his sickbed - someone who dies suddenly? There is no such thing as sudden death. We just have to learn how to hear our still small voice within clearly. Do you want to do this contact us at yeshshem.com. We teach how to have a personal experience of the Creator at the level you wish it to be. Remember this is a process of spiritual growth. That is the purpose of the physical world.

Most people "fear" Judgment day as the pasook calls it. This is because the soul knows that it is not yet perfected and complete. We need to ask each day what do we need to do to complete ourselves. Then we will not be fearing judgment day we will welcome it as our just effects of our causitive actions. Contemplate this well so that you start to ask these dream questions to get your answers. If you do not know what a dream question is all about write to us at yeshshem.com.

Pasook 6. from Zohar Commentary on Parasha Emor

זָקַף עֵינוֹי, וְחָמֵי לְמַלְאַךְ הַמָּוֶת קָאֵים קַמֵּיהּ, וְסַיְיפֵיהּ שְׁלִיפָא בִּידֵיהּ, קַסְטַּר בְּקַטְרִין, בְּקוּטְמָא דְּהַהוּא בַּר נָשׁ. וְלֵית לָהּ לְנַפְשָׁא קַשְׁיוּ בְּכֹלָּא, כִּפְרִישׁוּ דִּילָהּ מִן גּוּפָא. וּבַר נָשׁ לָא מִית, עַד דְּחָמֵי לִשְׁכִינְתָּא, וּמִגּוֹ סְגִיאוּת תִּיאוּבְתָּא דִּשְׁכִינְתָּא, נַפְשָׁא נַפְקַת לְקַבְּלָא לִשְׁכִינְתָּא. בָּתַר דְּנָפְקָא, מַאן אִיהִי נַפְשָׁא דְּאִתְדַּבָּק בָּהּ וְתִתְקַבֵּל בְּגַוָּוהּ וְהָא אוּקְמוּהָ לְהָנֵי מִלֵי.

He lifts up his eyes and sees the Angel of Death standing before him with his sword drawn in his hand, the destroying angel in charge of breaking that man. Nothing is harder for the soul than its separation from the body. The man does not die until he sees the Shechinah. Through much yearning for the Shechinah the soul leaves THE BODY to welcome the Shechinah. After THE SOUL has left THE BODY, what soul CAN cleave to the Shechinah and be received within Her? These matters have been explained.

chanoch adds: The first messenger is the Angel of Death. This is actually a misnomer. The Angel of Death is not the cause of this man's death. His own actions are the cause of his death. So what is the purpose of this messenger? Is the Shechinah a second messenger? Let us read on to find out.

Pasook 7. from the Zohar Commentary from the Parasha Emor

בָּתַר דְּנָפְקָא נַפְשָׁא מִן גּוּפָא, וְאִשְׁתְּאַר גּוּפָא בְּלָא רוּחָא, אָסִיר לְמִשְׁבַּק לֵיהּ בְּלָא קְבוּרָתָא, דִּכְתִּיב לֹא תָלִין נִבְלָתוֹ עַל הָעֵץ כִּי קָבֹר תִּקְבְּרֶנוּ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא. בְּגִין דְּמֵיתָא דְּיִשְׁתָּהֵי כ"ד שָׁעוֹת, דְּאִינּוּן יוֹמַם וָלַיְלָה, בְּלָא קְבוּרָתָא, יָהִיב חַלִישׁוּתָא בְּשַׁיְיפוֹי דִּרְתִיכָא, וּמְעַכֵב עַבִידְתָּא דְקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא מלעבד דְּאֶפְשָׁר דְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא גָּזַר עָלֵיהּ, בְּגִין לְמֵיתֵיהּ בְּגִלְגּוּלָא אָחֳרָא, מִיַּד בְּהַהוּא יוֹמָא דְּאִתְפְּטָר, לְאוֹטָבָא לֵיהּ. וְכָל זִמְנָא דְּלָא אִתְקְבַר גּוּפָא, נִשְׁמְתָא לָאו עָאלַת קָמֵי קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, וְלָא יַכְלָא לְמֶהֱוֵי בְּגוּפָא אָחֳרָא, בְּגִלְגּוּלָא תִּנְיָנָא, דְּלָא יָהֲבִין לְנִשְׁמְתָא גּוּפָא אָחֳרָא, עַד דְּיִתְקְבָר קַדְמָאָה. וְדָא דָּמֵי לְבַר נָשׁ דְּמִיתָא אִתְּתֵיהּ, לָא אִתְחֲזֵי לֵיהּ, לְמֵיסַב אִתְּתָא אָחֳרָא, עַד דְּקָבִיר לְּקַדְמֵיתָא, וּבְגִין דָּא אָמְרָה אוֹרַיְיתָא, לֹא תָלִין נִבְלָתוֹ עַל הָעֵץ.

After the soul has left the body, and it remains spiritless, it is forbidden to leave it unburied, as written, "his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day" (Devarim 21:23). For a corpse remaining unburied for 24 hours, a day and a night, causes the parts of the Chariot, WHICH IS ALLUDED TO BY THAT MAN, to weaken, and detains the actions of the Holy One, blessed be He, from being carried out. For the Holy One, blessed be He, may have decreed upon him another incarnation at once, on the very day he died, in order to help him. But as long as the body is not buried, the soul does not come before the Holy One, blessed be He, nor can it be in another body in another incarnation, for a soul is not given another body until the first one is buried. This resembles a man whose wife died. He is not qualified to marry another wife before he buries the first one. Hence the Torah said, "his body shall not remain all night upon the tree."

chanoch's Commentary

There are physical reasons for a quick burial especially in Israel. An empty vessel will be filled with a negative spiritual entity. In the Land of Israel the bodies are buried within a few hours. There are no autopsies. The need to know why someone dies is less important than the need to reincarnate. This is teaching us about spiritual being the cause. Unfortunately we have not yet truly learn this lesson.

Pasook 8. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Emor

דָּבָר אַחֵר, כַּד אִתְפָּרְשָׁא נִשְׁמְתָא מִן גּוּפָא, וּבַעְיָא לְמֵיזָל לְהַהוּא עָלְמָא, לָא תֵּיעוּל לְהַהוּא עָלְמָא, עַד דְּיָהֲבִין לָהּ גּוּפָא אָחֳרָא מִנְּהוֹרָא, וּלְבָתַר יַכְלָא לְמֵיעַל. וּמֵאֵלִיָּהוּ תִּנְדַּע, דַּהֲווֹ לֵיהּ תְּרֵין גּוּפִין, חַד דְּבֵיהּ אִתְחֲזֵי לְתַתָּא לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא, וְחַד דְּבֵיהּ אִתְחֲזֵי לְעֵילָּא, בֵּין מַלְאֲכִין עִלָּאִין קַדִישִׁין. וְכָל כַּמָּה דְּגוּפָא לָא אִתְקְבַר, צַעֲרָא הוּא לְנִשְׁמְתָא, וְרוּחַ מִסְאֲבָא אִזְדְּמַן לְשַׁרְיָיא עֲלוֹי, וּלְסַאָבָא לְהַהוּא גּוּפָא.

Another explanation: when the soul has left the body and wishes to go to that world, it may not enter it until it is given another body of light. Then it can enter. You may derive this from Elijah, who had two bodies, one in which he was seen by people below, and another in which he was seen above among the celestial holy angels. As long as the body is not buried, the soul suffers and the spirit of defilement is there to dwell upon that body and defile it.

chanoch adds: There are many spiritual lessons in this Pasook about how the spiritual system works. An entity without a body has no purpose. This is the first and one of the most important teachings that the body must learn. Still where or what is the third messenger? We still do not have an answer about the Shechina being one of the three or not?

Pasook 9. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Emor

וּבְגִין דְּהַהוּא רוּחַ מִסְאֲבָא, אִזְדְּמַן, לָא לִבְעֵי לֵיהּ לְאִינִישׁ, לְמֵיבַת הַהוּא גּוּפָא לֵילְיָא חַד, בְּגִין דְּרוּחַ מִסְאֲבָא אִשְׁתְּכַח בְּלֵילְיָא, וְאִשְׁתְּטַח בְּכָל אַרְעָא, לְאַשְׁכְּחָא גּוּפָא בְּלָא נַפְשָׁא, לְסָאֲבָא לֵיהּ, וְאִסְתְּאַב יַתִּיר, וְעַל דָּא אַזְהַר לְכַהֲנֵי וְאָמַר, לְנֶפֶשׁ לֹא יִטַּמָּא בְּעַמָּיו, בְּגִין דְּאִינּוּן קַדִּישִׁין לָא יִשְׁרֵי עָלַיְיהוּ רוּחַ מִסְאֲבָא, וְלָא יִסְתַּאֲבוּן.

Since the spirit of defilement is in readiness TO DEFILE THE BODY, one must not keep the body for a night, because the spirit of defilement is present at night and spreads, NAMELY ROAMS, throughout the land to find a soulless body to defile it. THEREFORE AT NIGHT it is defiled even more. Therefore it warned the priests, saying, "There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people" (Vayikra 21:1). Since they are holy, the spirit of defilement will not dwell upon them and they shall not be defiled... FOR THE SPIRIT OF DEFILEMENT CAN DWELL ON A SPIRITLESS BODY.

chanoch adds: The Spirit of defilement is the third messenger. Or is the Angel of Death also the spirit of defilement? It is still not clear to me. Did i miss something?

Pasook 10. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Emor

אֱמוֹר אֶל הַכֹּהֲנִים, רִבִּי יִצְחָק אָמַר, אֱמוֹר אֶל הַכֹּהֲנִים, בִּלְחִישׁוּ. כְּמָה דְּכָל עוֹבָדֵיהוֹן דְּכַהֲנֵי בִּלְחִישׁוּ, כַּךְ אֲמִירָה דִּלְהוֹן בִּלְחִישׁוּ. אֱמוֹר וְאָמַרְתָּ: זִמְנָא חַד, וּתְרֵין זִמְנִין, לְאַזְהָרָא לְהוּ עַל קְדוּשַׁיְיהוּ, בְּגִין דְּלָא יִסְתַּאֲבוּן. דְּמַאן דִּמְשַׁמֵּשׁ בַּאֲתַר קַדִּישָׁא, בַּעְיָא דְּיִשְׁתְּכַח קַדִּישָׁא בְּכֹלָּא. לְנֶפֶשׁ לֹא יִטַּמָּא, כְּמָה דְּאוֹקִימְנָא, דְּגוּפָא בְּלָא רוּחַ, מִסְאֲבָא הוּא, וְשָׁארֵי עָלֵיהּ רוּחַ מִסְאֲבָא. דְּהָא תִּיאוּבְתָּא דְּרוּחֵי מִסְאֲבֵי לְגַבֵּי גּוּפֵיהוֹן דְּיִשְׂרָאֵל אִיהוּ, בְּגִין דְּאִתְּרָק מִנַּיְיהוּ רוּחָא קַדִּישָׁא, וּבְמָנָא דְּקוּדְשָׁא, אַתְיָין לְאִתְחַבְּרָא. וְכַהֲנֵי דְּאִינּוּן קַדִּישִׁין, קְדוּשָּׁתָא עַל קְדוּשָּׁתָא, לָא בַּעְיָין לְאִסְתַּאֲבָא כְּלַל, בְּגִין דִּכְתִּיב כִּי נֵזֶר אֱלֹהָיו עַל רֹאשׁוֹ. וּכְתִיב כִּי שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת אֱלֹהָיו עָלָיו אֲנִי יְיָ'.

"Speak to the priests." Rabbi Yitzchak said, "Speak to the priests" in a whisper. Just as all the services of the priests are done silently, so are all their words whispered. "Speak... and say" MEANS once and again to remind them of their sanctity so that they shall not be defiled, for whoever serves in a holy place must be holy in every respect. "There shall none be defiled for the dead," as we explained that a spiritless corpse is unholy and the spirit of defilement dwells upon it. For the spirits of defilement long for the bodies of Yisrael, once the spirit of holiness was emptied from them, and they come to join a vessel of holiness, NAMELY A BODY. The priests, who are doubly holy must not be defiled whatsoever, as written, "because the crown of his Elohim is upon his head" (Bemidbar 6:7), and "the anointing oil of his Elohim is upon him" (Vayikra 21:12).

chanoch's Commentary

The ARIzal explains in Gates of Reincarnation that the three messengers are the Angel of Death which is the spirit of defilement. The Shechina which is necessary to entice the soul to leave the body and their family members who are there to assist them in the process of cleansing and rejoining the group that is that souls nation. Sometimes when the family is in conflict and that soul coming directly from the physical world remembers the conflict they will not follow and that leads to a longer process. There is much to learn from this section.