Zohar Shoftim Section 4 - Do to Them as They Had Planned to Do

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Zohar Commentary of the Zohar PORTION called Shoftim


Rabbi Shimon talks about the fate of a corrupt witness, and we learn that such corrupt witnesses include Samael and the Serpent.

Pasook 19. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Shoftim.

פִּקּוּדָא בָּתַר דָּא, לַעֲשׂוֹת לְעֵד זוֹמֵם כַּאֲשֶׁר זָמַם לַעֲשׂוֹת לְאָחִיו. תְּרֵין סַהֲדֵי שִׁקְרָא דְּאִינּוּן סָמָאֵל וְנַחַשׁ, אִי יֵיתוּן לְאַסְהֲדָא סָהֲדוּתָא דְּשֶׁקֶר עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל, דְּטָעוּ בֵּין ו' לְז' דְּאִינּוּן אַתְוָון זוּ. וְהַאי אִיהוּ עַם זוּ יָצַרְתִּי לִי תְּהִלָּתִי יְסַפֵּרוּ.

The following precept is to do to a witness convicted of false testimony as he thought to do to his brother. If the two false witnesses, Samael and the serpent, come to give false testimony against Yisrael that they confused between Vav and Zayin, NAMELY BETWEEN ZEIR ANPIN THAT IS CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD, YESOD AND MALCHUT, THAT IS ZAYIN. THAT IS, THAT THEY HAVE SINNED AND DISTANCED BY THEIR SIN THE VAV, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN, FROM THE ZAYIN, WHICH IS MALCHUT, which are the letters of 'zu (Zayin Vav)'. This is the meaning of, "This people which (Heb. zu) I have formed for Myself; they shall relate My praise" (Yeshayah 43:21), NAMELY, THIS ALLUDES TO THE PEOPLE THAT UNITES THE ZAYIN WITH THE VAV.

chanoch's Commentary

A false witness is a tool of the negative side and causes a separation between Vav and Zain which is Zeir Anpin and Malchut. the gematria of Vav is six and Zain is 7 which total 13 representing echad or unity. the goal of the negative system is to create this separation so that there is no unity in the world.

Pasook 20. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Shoftim.

וְלָא יִתְיַיחֵד ו' עִם ז', אֶלָּא בִּשְׂרֵפַת חָמֵץ, דְּבֵין ו' לְז'. וְאע"ג דְּמִדְּאוֹרַיְיתָא אִיהוּ עַד סוֹף שִׁית, גָּזְרוּ רַבָּנָן, אוֹכְלִין כָּל אַרְבַּע, וְתוֹלִין כָּל חָמֵשׁ, וְשׂוֹרְפִין בִּתְחִלַּת שֵׁשׁ. וְאוֹלְפִי מָארֵי מַתְנִיתִין מִסַהֲדוּתָא דְּשַׁעְתֵּי דְּחָמֵץ, לְסַהֲדוּתָא דִּבְדִיקוֹת דְּסָהֲדֵי, דְּהַהוּא דְּהָרַג אֶת הַנֶּפֶשׁ. וְכֺלָּא מְפֺרָשׁ בְּמַתְנִיתִין. וִיקֻיָים בְּהוֹן, אֲרֵי בְּפִתְגָּמָא דְּחָשִׁיבוּ מִצְרָאֵי לְמֵידָן וְכוּ'. וְהַאי אִיהוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם לוֹ כַּאֲשֶׁר זָמַם.

The Vav will be united with the Zayin only by burning leavened bread, MEANING TO BURN THE KLIPOT THAT TAKE HOLD between the Vav and the Zayin ... THAT IS, BETWEEN ZEIR ANPIN AND MALCHUT. Even though according to the laws of the Torah IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO EAT to the end of the sixth hour of the day, the sages have decreed that you may eat to the end of the fourth hour, hold it in suspense during the fifth hour, and burn it at the beginning of the sixth. The sages of the Mishnah deduced from the testimony regarding the hours of the disposition of leaven THAT ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF THE TORAH THE TIME TO BURN IS PAST THE SIXTH HOUR ... AT THE SEVENTH HOUR, to the testimonial regarding the examination of witnesses about one who has killed someone, WHICH ALSO REQUIRE SEVEN EXAMINATIONS, AS MENTIONED ABOVE, and everything is explained in the Mishnah. It shall be fulfilled REGARDING SAMAEL AND THE SERPENT, "in the thing wherein they dealt proudly" (Shemot 18:11), WHICH MEANS, IN THE SAME THING THE EGYPTIANS PLANNED TO PUNISH YISRAEL, THEY WERE PUNISHED. That is the meaning of: "then shall you do to him, as he had thought" (Devarim 19:19).

chanoch's Commentary

We are taught in the morality frame of reference to not hold a grudge or permit yourself an action of revenge. Yet this Halacha of the false witness seems to be related to the action of revenge. This section is teaching us that it is not revenge it is cause and effect. It is teaching us that HaShem set up the spiritual physical system that the thoughts that someone has will be the mirror for their own judgments. Revenge belongs to HaShem because it is done as the effect of their own thoughts even if they are not manifested the way the false witness planned they still will happen to them and not the way they planned. This is an amazing teaching.