Zohar Korach Section 2 - Summoned to the Congregation

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Zohar Commentary on the Parasha KORACH


Rabbi Shimon explains how the higher world is like the lower one, so that when the Congregation of Yisrael are gathered together for festivals, the higher Sfirot are summoned by the Upper Temple. He says that the men of renown who came against Moses and Aaron were not men of God, since they emerged from the aspect of Gvurah, and that those men created dissension.

Pasook 9. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Korach

וַיָּקוּמוּ לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה וְגוֹ'. הַאי קְרָא אוּקְמוּהָ חַבְרַיָּיא. ר' שִׁמְעוֹן אָמַר, קְרִיאֵי מוֹעֵד קְרִאֵי כְּתִיב, חָסֵר יוֹ"ד, אֲמַאי קְרִאֵי. אֶלָּא הָכִי הוּא, מַלְכוּתָא דְּאַרְעָא כְּעֵין מַלְכוּתָא דִּרְקִיעָא. וְרָזָא דָּא, כָּל אִינּוּן כִּתְרִין עִלָּאִין, דִּשְׁמָא קַדִּישָׁא אִתְאֲחִיד בְּהוּ, כֻּלְּהוּ זְמִינִין מֵאֲתָר דְּאִקְרֵי קֹדֶשׁ, הה"ד מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ. וְאֵימָתַי בְּשַׁעֲתָא דְּמוֹעֵד זַמִּין בְּעָלְמָא, כְּגַוְונָא דְּאִינּוּן כִּתְרִין עִלָּאִין, דִּזְמִינִין מִקֹדֶשׁ עִלָּאָה, ה"נ קֹדֶשׁ תַּתָּא זַמִּין לְחֵילוֹי, לְאַעְטְרָא וּלְאַעְלָאָה לְהוּ.

"And they rose up before Moses..." (Bemidbar 16:2). This verse has been explained by the friends. Rabbi Shimon says: "regularly summoned (Heb. kri'ei) to the congregation (Heb. mo'ed)" (Ibid.), is missing a Yud. Why is it written "Kriei"? HE RESPONDS: It is only that the earthly kingdom is like heavenly kingdom, MEANING THAT MALCHUT BELOW IS LIKE MALCHUT ABOVE. That is the secret meaning of all these higher Sfirot onto which the Holy Name holds. All are summoned from the place that is called 'Holiness', THAT IS THE SECRET OF SUPERNAL ABA AND IMA, as it is written: "which you shall proclaim to be (also: 'summoned from') holy gatherings" (Vayikra 23:37). When is this? When mo'ed prevails in the world, THAT IS, DURING FESTIVALS AND APPOINTED TIMES (HEB. MO'ED). Just as these higher Sfirot are summoned by the Upper Temple, SO AS TO SANCTIFY THEM, similarly the Lower Sanctity summons its legions to adorn and uplift them. THESE ARE THREE WORLDS BRIYAH, YETZIRAH AND ASIYAH, WHICH ARE THE LEGIONS OF MALCHUT THAT ADORNS THEM AND UPLIFTS THEM TO ATZILUT.

chanoch's Commentary

Time is a cycle. When a certain part of the cycle is reached the relationship between the inner aspect and the external aspect changes. The mose inner aspect is Atzilut or chochmah. The next outer aspect called Briah moves relative to Atzilut, This is the meaning of Mo'ed or Times. The word tine is describing the relationship of one Sefira to another. Understand this well to understand Kabbalah and to utilize the tools of Kabbalah properly.

Pasook 10. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Korach

קֹדֶשׁ עִלָּאָה יְדִיעָא, קֹדֶשׁ תַּתָּאָה חָכְמַת שְׁלֹמֹה, ה"נ אִיהִי זְמִינַת לְכָל חֵילָהָא. וְאִינּוּן חַיָּילִין כּוּלְּהוּ, זְמִינִין לְאִתְעַטְּרָא בְּהַאי קֹדֶשׁ תַּתָּאָה, בְּזִמְנָא דְּמוֹעֵד שַׁרְיָיא בְּעָלְמָא. וּכְגַוְונָא דְּחֵילָהָא קַיְימִין לְעֵילָּא, ה"נ קַיְימֵי מְמָנָן דְּעַמָּא, כְּדוּגְמָא דִּילָהּ לְתַתָּא, וע"ד אִקְרוּן קְרִאֵי מוֹעֵד. וּבְגִין דְּאִנּוּן לְתַתָּא, קְרָאֵי מוֹעֵד חָסֵר, אֲבָל בִּשְׁלִימוּ יַתִּיר אִינּוּן.

The higher Holiness is known AS ABA AND IMA ABOVE, and the lower Holiness is the wisdom of Solomon, MEANING MALCHUT, which also summons all her legions TO SANCTIFY THEM WITH HER HOLINESS. These legions are all invited to be adorned in this lower Holiness at a time when a festival prevails in the world. As her legions are standing above IN ATZILUT SUMMONED BY MALCHUT, so are the appointed of the nation, MEANING THE CHIEFTAINS OF YISRAEL, according to her example below, IN THIS WORLD. Therefore, it is written as: "summoned to the congregation (Heb. mo'ed)," and of those below it is written, "summoned (Heb. kri'ei) to the congregation"; "Kriei" is missing a Yud. However, they are then in increased wholeness.

chanoch's Commentary

Have you ever heard of the 4th meal of Shabbat or the term Melavah Malka? What is Melavah Solomon? What is the relationship between King David and King Solomon? they both are described by the Zohar as Malchut. King David is Malchut of Malchut. King Solomon is Malchut of Yesod of Malchut. King Solomon and King David never separate just as the Crown of the Yesod never Separates from Malchut of Malchut. If you do not understand this ask me questions.

Pasook 11. from the Zohar Commentary on the Zohar

אַנְשֵׁי שֵׁם וַדַּאי, וְלָא אַנְשֵׁי יְיָ'. וְדָא הוּא רָזָא, בְּנָקְבוֹ שֵׁם יוּמָת, וְאוֹקִימְנָא. וְעַל דָּא אִקְרֵי הָכָא, אַנְשֵׁי שֵׁם וַדַּאי, כֵּיוָן דְּמִסְּטְרָא דִּגְבוּרָה קָא אַתְיָין, אַנְשֵׁי שֵׁם אִינּוּן, הָא שְׁבָחָא דִּלְהוֹן יַתִּיר, אֲבָל אִינּוּן נַטְלוּ לְגַרְמַיְיהוּ. וְאִתְאַחֲדוּ בְּמַחְלוֹקֶת.

"…men of renown (also: 'name')…" (Bemidbar 16:2) is most certainly said and not 'men of Hashem' – MEANING THE PEOPLE OF MALCHUT CALLED 'NAME', but not 'men of Hashem', THAT IS ZEIR ANPIN. That is the secret of: "and he who blasphemes the Name of Hashem shall be put to death" (Vayikra 24:16). We established THAT IT ALLUDES TO MALCHUT THAT IS CALLED 'NAME' and, therefore, they were certainly considered men of name, since they emerged from the aspect of Gvurah, WHICH IS MALCHUT CALLED 'THE LOWER GVURAH'. They are men of name and that WAS SAID to increase their praise. However, they took HER for themselves, MEANING THEY SEPARATED MALCHUT FROM ZEIR ANPIN, and held on to a dissension WITH MOSES, WHO IS THE SECRET OF ZEIR ANPIN.

chanoch's Commentary

There are understandings of the conflict between Moshe and Korach that relate to the idea that Korach wanted to finish the Gmar Tikune before its time. Moshe told Korach that it was not time and to have patience. Even though Moshe thought the timing was wrong He fell on his face in prayer to support Korach and his efforts and to assist as best he could the Gmar Tikune coming early. This is the idea of this Pasook describing Korach and his friends as Men of Name to increase their praise.