Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria Section 11 - And Took One of His Sides

It is recommended to read the Synopsis after one already has studied the Section


Rabbi Shimon says that the first man was created male and female fastened together at their backs, but that later God severed them so they could be face to face. Because God blesses newlyweds with seven blessings, anyone who mates with another's wife destroys the union, and is not forgiven until he repents and dies.

Pasook 42. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

פָּתַח רִבִּי אֲחָא וְאָמַר, וַיֺּאמֶר יְיָ' אֱלֹהִים לֹא טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ וְגוֹ'. אֲמַאי פָּתַח קְרָא הָכִי, אֶלָּא הָא אִתְּמַר, דְּעַל דָּא לָא כְּתִיב, כִּי טוֹב בַּשֵּׁנִי, בְּגִין דְּזַמִּין אָדָם לְאִתְפָּרְשָׁא, וּכְתִיב, לֹא טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ.


Rabbi Aba opened with, "And Hashem Elohim said, It is not good that the man should be alone" (Beresheet 2:18). HE ASKS, why did the verse speak this way, AND ANSWERS, that we learned that for this reason it is not written, "that it was good" about the second day, because man will be divided, THAT IS, A SIDE WILL BE DIVIDED FROM HIM TO BUILD THE WOMAN. It is also written, "it is not good that the man should be alone." FOR THAT REASON "THAT IT WAS GOOD" WAS NOT SAID IN RELATION TO THE SECOND DAY.

chanoch's Commentary

The question being asked in the pasuk is Why is it phrased "not good" as opposed to another way where it would be said it is good for a man to have a mate or some other way. As a Kabbalah student it is good to learn the full meaning of "so above so below". Why is a woman and man separated from each other. It is the effect of the second day being the energy of separation leading to reunification on the third day.

Pasook 43. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

וְכִי לְבַדּוֹ הֲוָה, וְהָא כְּתִיב, זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בְּרָאָם. וְתָנֵינָן אָדָם דּוּ פַּרְצוּפִין אִתְבְּרֵי, וְאַתְּ אַמְרַת, לֹא טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ. אֶלָּא דְּלָא אִשְׁתְּדַּל בְּנוּקְבֵיהּ, וְלָא הַוַת לֵיהּ, סֶמֶךְ לָקֳבְלֵיהּ, בְּגִין דְּהֲוַת בְּסִטְרוֹי, וַהֲווֹ כַּחֲדָא מֵאֲחוֹרָא, וּכְדֵין הֲוָה הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ.


HE ASKS, was he alone? Yet it is written, "male and female He created them" (Beresheet 5:2). We learned that the first man was created double faced, THAT IS, A MALE AND A FEMALE FACES FASTENED AT THEIR BACKS. Yet you say, "it is not good that the man should be alone." HE ANSWERS, but he did not gain favor with his wife, and she was not a help to match him, but they were FASTENED together back to back. Then man was alone.

chanoch's Commentary

This pasuk is describing male and female back to back and also a separate female. This is Adam's first mate which is Lilith who represents the first wife of most men who do not meet their cosmic soulmates until their second wives.

Pasook 44. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

אֶעֱשֶׂה לּוֹ עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ. מַהוּ כְּנֶגְדּוֹ, לָקֳבֵל אַנְפּוֹי, לְאִתְדַּבְּקָא דָּא בְּדָא אַנְפִּין בְּאַנְפִּין, מָה עֲבַד קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, נָסַר לֵיהּ וְנָטִיל נוּקְבָּא מִנֵּיהּ, הה"ד, וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעוֹתָיו. מַהוּ אַחַת. דָּא נוּקְבָּא דִּילֵיהּ. כד"א, אַחַת הִיא יוֹנָתִי תַמָּתִי. וַיְבִיאֶהָ אֶל הָאָדָם, אַתְקִין לָהּ כְּכַלָּה וְאַיְיתֵי לָהּ לְמֶהֱוֵי לָקֳבֵיל אַנְפּוֹי נְהִירִין אַנְפִּין בְּאַנְפִּין. וּבְעוֹד דַּהֲוָה מִתְדַּבְּקָא נוּקְבָּא בְּסִטְרוֹי, הֲוָה הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ. לְבָתַר, סְלִיקוּ תְּרֵין, וְקָמוּ שֶׁבַע כַּחֲדָא.


"I will make him a help to match him" (Beresheet 2:18). What is "to match him"? HE ANSWERS THAT IT MEANS facing him, so they will unite face to face. The Holy One, blessed be He, sawed him and took the female from him, as written, "and He took one of his sides" (Ibid. 21). What does 'one' refer to? It resembles the words, "My dove, my undefiled is but one" (Shir Hashirim 6:9). "and brought her to the man" (Beresheet 2:22) MEANS He fixed her as a bride and brought her so she will face him and their faces would shine at each other's. As long as the woman was adjoined to his side, the man was alone. Afterwards two came out AND MATED, and seven emerged, NAMELY, CAIN WITH HIS TWIN SISTER, ABEL WITH HIS TWO TWIN SISTERS, WHICH MAKES FIVE. TOGETHER WITH ADAM AND EVE THEY ARE SEVEN.

chanoch's Commentary

What does it mean "fixed her as a bride"? It means she was given a uterus and falopian tubes and a hyman representing her purity. this is my opinion.

Pasook 45. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

ת"ח, בְּשַׁעֲתָא דְּאִתְתָּקָּנַת לְגַבֵּי אָדָם, קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא בְּרִיךְ לוֹן, הה"ד, וַיְבָרֶךְ אוֹתָם אֱלֹהִים. כְּחַזָּן דִּמְבָרֵךְ לְכַלָּה בְּשֶׁבַע בְּרָכוֹת. מִכָּאן אוֹלִיפְנָא, חָתָן וְכַלָּה, כֵּיוָן דְּאִתְבָּרְכָן בְּשֶׁבַע בְּרָכוֹת אִתְדַּבְּקָן כַּחֲדָא, כְּדוּגְמָא דִּלְעֵילָּא.


Come and see, when EVE was made ready for Adam, the Holy One, blessed be He, blessed them. This is the meaning of, "And Elohim blessed them" (Beresheet 1:28), just as the cantor gives the bride seven blessings. From this we learned that once a bride and a groom are blessed with seven blessings, they are united as the likeness of above WHERE MALCHUT IS BLESSED WITH SEVEN BLESSINGS BY CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD, YESOD AND MALCHUT OF ZEIR ANPIN.

chanoch's Commentary

Learn the idea again of "as above so below". the seven Blessings represent the spiritual level. The pasuk is telling us once the Blessings are said they are married and the union physically is the effect. Once the 7 Blessings are said the physical union must happen.

Pasook 46. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

וְעַל דָּא מַאן דְּאָתֵי לְאִתְחַבְּרָא בְּאִנְתּוּ דְּאָחֳרָא, הָא פָּגִים זִוּוּגָא, דְּהָא זִוּוּגָא דִּכ"י, בֵּיהּ בְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא בִּלְחוֹדוֹי, בְּזִמְנָא דְּאִיהוּ בְּרַחֲמֵי, וּבְזִמְנָא דְּאִיהוּ בְּדִינָא. ת"ח, מַאן דְּמִתְחַבָּר בְּאִנְתּוּ דְּאָחֳרָא, כְּאִילּוּ מְשַׁקֵּר בֵּיהּ בְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא ובכ"י, וְעַל דָּא קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא לָא מְכַפֵּר לֵיהּ בִּתְשׁוּבָה, וּתְשׁוּבָה תַּלְיָא עַד דְּיִסְתָּלַק מֵעָלְמָא, הה"ד, אִם יְכוּפַּר הֶעָוֹן הַזֶּה לָכֶם עַד תְּמוּתוּן. וְאֵימָתַי, בְּשַׁעֲתָא דְּעָאל בִּתְשׁוּבָה לְהַהוּא עָלְמָא, וְאִית לֵיהּ לְקַבְּלָא עוֹנְשָׁא.


Therefore, whoever mates with another man's wife blemishes the union, because the Congregation of Yisrael unites with the Holy One, blessed be He, alone BOTH at the time when He is of Mercy AND when He is of Judgment. Come and see, whoever mates with another's wife, it is as if he is false to the Holy One, blessed be He, and the Congregation of Yisrael. For this reason the Holy One, blessed be He, does not forgive him through repentance, and repentance impends until he dies. This is the meaning of, "shall not be forgiven you till you die" (Yeshayah 22:14). When IS HE FORGIVEN? When he repents coming into that world, WHERE he needs to receive punishment. THEN HE IS FORGIVEN.

chanoch's Commentary

To clarify the pasuk if necessary: Adultery is not capable of doing Teshuvah until actual dying in this life. Then the Teshuvah that the Adulterer has done will activate and actually cause the adulterer to be forgiven.