Zohar Metzora Section 2 - When Night Comes

When Night Comes - Zohar Metzora Section 2

It is recommended that one study the section prior to reading the Synopsis.

Zohar Commentary on Parasha METZORA


We read about what happens when night falls and people go to sleep, and are told that at midnight God goes into the Garden of Eden to walk with the righteous. Those who are awake study the Torah and praise God until morning, at which time the angels all praise Him and lovingkindness is drawn to the Congregation of Yisrael. Anyone who does not wake up to worship God will come to judgment in the end.

Pasook 6. of the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Metzora

בְּשַׁעֲתָא דְּרָמַשׁ לֵילְיָא, וְתַרְעִין סְתִימִין, אִתְּעַר נוּקְבָּא דִּתְהוֹמָא רַבָּא, וְכַמָּה חֲבִילֵי טְרִיקִין מִשְׁתַּכְּחֵי בְּעָלְמָא. כְּדֵין אָפִּיל קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא שֵׁינָתָא עַל כָּל בְּנֵי עָלְמָא, וַאֲפִילּוּ עַל כָּל דִּי בְּהוֹן אִתְּעָרוּתָא דְּחַיֵּי, וְאִינּוּן שָׁאטָן בְּעָלְמָא, וּמוֹדְעִין לְהוּ לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא, מִלִּין, מִנְּהוֹן כְּדִיבָן, וּמִנְּהוֹן קְשׁוֹט, וּבְנֵי נָשָׁא אִתְקְטָרוּ בְּשֵׁינָתָא.

When the night falls and the gates are closed, a chasm in the great abyss is opened and many battalions of demons present (chanoch adds: themselves) in the world. Then, the Holy One, blessed be He, casts sleep upon all human beings in the world AND CASTS SLEEP even upon those who are awake, NAMELY THE RIGHTEOUS. AND THE SPIRITS go around the world and inform people of different matters IN THEIR DREAMS, part of which is false and part of which is truth. People are thus linked with them in their sleep.

chanoch adds: Dreams always have a part that is false. When interpreting your own dreams identify the lie within to better help you interpret. This applies to interpreting your friends dreams as well. Remember there is a great responsibility to interpret someone's dream. It will manifest the way you interpret. Thus if you interpret as a chaotic dream you are the cause and that means you receive some aspect of that cause.

It is also important to remember about the illusion. Someone appears to be awake and is actually asleep. This applies vice versa as well. An important teaching in this Pasook.

Pasook 7. of the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Metzora

כַּד אִתְּעַר רוּחָא דְּצָפוֹן, וְאִתְפְּלִיג לֵילְיָא, שַׁלְהוֹבָא נָפְקָא וּבָטַשׁ תְּחוֹת גַּדְפּוֹי דְּתַרְנְגוֹלָא, וְקָרֵי, וְקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא עָאל בְּגִנְתָּא דְּעֵדֶן לְאִשְׁתַּעְשְׁעָא עִם צַדִּיקַיָּא. וּכְדֵין כָּרוֹזָא נָפִיק וְקָרֵי, וְכָל בְּנֵי עָלְמָא מִתְעָרֵי בְּעַרְסַיְיהוּ, אִינּוּן דִּי בְּהוֹן אִתְּעָרוּתָא דְּחַיֵּי, קַיְימִין לְפוּלְחָנָא דְּמָארֵיהוֹן, וְעַסְקֵי בְּאוֹרַיְיתָא וּבִשְׁבָחָא דְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא עַד דְּאָתֵי צַפְרָא.

When the north wind is awakened at midnight, a flame comes out and slaps the rooster's wings and it cries. Then, the Holy One, blessed be He, comes into the Garden of Eden to delight Himself with the righteous. An announcer comes out and proclaims, and all people awaken in their beds. Those who are awake stand by their beds to worship their Master. They learn Torah and praise the Holy One, blessed be He, until the morning comes.

chanoch adds: The average person thinks that he or she awaken at night in order to go to the bathroom. It is time to realize that they are awakened by this announcer so that one will choose to study the Zohar and other Kabbalistic Texts.

Pasook 8. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Metzora

כַּד אָתֵי צַפְרָא, כָּל חַיָּילִין וּמַשִׁרְיָין דִּלְעֵילָּא מְשַׁבְּחָן לֵיהּ לְקוּדְשָׁא ב"ה. הה"ד בְּרָן יַחַד כֺּכְבֵי בֺקֶר וְגוֹ'. כְּדֵין כַּמָה תַּרְעִין אִתְפְּתָחוּ לְכָל סִטְרִין. וְתַרְעָא דְּאַבְרָהָם, אִתְפְּתַח בָּהּ בִּכְנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל, לְזַמְּנָא לְכָל בְּנֵי עָלְמָא, הֲדָא הוּא דִּכְתִּיב, וַיִּטַּע אֵשֶׁל בִּבְאֵר שָׁבַע.

When the morning comes, all the battalions of angels above praise the Holy One, blessed be He, as it is written: "When the morning stars sang together" (Iyov 38:7). Many gates are then opened on all sides and the gate of Abraham, THE SECRET OF CHESED, is opened to the Congregation of Yisrael, WHICH IS MALCHUT, and invites all the people of the world TO ENJOY THE CHASSADIM, as it is written: "And Abraham planted a tamarisk in Beer-Sheva" (Beresheet 21:33). MALCHUT IS CALLED 'BEER-SHEVA', AND ABRAHAM PLANTED A TREE OF CHESED THERE.

chanoch adds: This is why is it best to pray in the morning. It is also good to pray in the afternoon and again at night as one goes to sleep. Each prayer as a set order and one needs to understand this order to make the strongest connection each time. Given a choice - pray in morning is most important followed by saying the Ana Bekoach in the afternoon to demonstrate your willingness to do spiritual actions in the middle of the making money materialistic process.

Pasook 9. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Metzora

וּמַאן דְּלָא יִתְּעַר רוּחֵיהּ בְּפוּלְחָנָא דְּמָרֵיהּ, בְּהֵיךְ אַנְפִּין יְקוּם קָמֵי מַלְכָּא, כַּד יִתְּעֲרוּן עָלֵיהּ בְּדִינָא, וְיִתְפְּשׂוּן לֵיהּ בְּקוֹלָרָא, וְלָא יִשְׁתְּכַּח עָלֵיהּ זְכוּתָא לְאִשְׁתְּזָבָא, כְּדֵין כְּתִיב, וְכַצִּפֳּרִים הָאֲחֻזוֹת בַּפָּח כָּהֵם יוּקָשִׁים בְּנֵי אָדָם. וְעַד לָא יִנְפּוֹק ב"נ מֵהַאי עָלְמָא, בְּכַמָּה דִּינִין אִתְּדָּן נַפְשָׁא עִם גּוּפָא, עַד לָא יִתְפָּרְשׁוּן דָּא מִן דָּא, וְלֵית מַאן דְּיִשְׁגַּח.

How will a man who does not wake up to worship his Master come before the King when Judgment is brought against him? He will be fettered in chains, MEANING THAT HE WILL BE IMPRISONED AND BROUGHT TO TRIAL, and no merit will be there to save him. Then he will be "like the birds that are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time" (Kohelet 9:12). Thus, before man departs from this world, both the body and the soul suffer many chastisements before they are separated from each other, and no one is there to care ABOUT IT.

chanoch adds: The process of doing Mitzvot (either regular or a Chesed opportunity) Creates an Angel that testify on your behalf when you leave the world. This Pasook in the Zohar is teaching us about this need for those created Angels.