Zohar Tazria Section 6 - "And Born a Man Child"

Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria Section 6

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


Although the souls of male and female are supposed to come into this world together, ever since the sin of the first man and woman this has not been so. They are divided when they emerge from above into this world. If the man does not have enough merit, he never finds his soulmate, and if he marries another his children are impure. Rabbi Elazar says that thousands of souls emerge simultaneously into the world, but they are not considered Nefashot until they settle in the body and receive their illumination from Malchut, this takes 33 days. He talks about the blood of purification and the blood of circumcision.

Pasook 22. of Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

תָּא חֲזֵי, כָּל רוּחִין דְּעָלְמָא כְּלִילָן דְּכַר וְנוּקְבָּא, וְכַד נָפְקִין, דְּכַר וְנוּקְבָּא נָפְקִין, וּלְבָתַר מִתְפָּרְשָׁן בְּאָרְחַיְיהוּ, אִי זָכֵי בַּר נָשׁ, לְבָתַר מִזְדַּוְּוגֵי כַּחֲדָא. וְהַיְינוּ בַּת זוּגוֹ, וּמִתְחַבְּרָן בְּזִוּוּגָא חַד בְּכֺלָּא, רוּחָא וְגוּפָא. דִּכְתִּיב, תּוֹצֵא הָאָרֶץ נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה לְמִינָהּ. מַאי לְמִינָהּ. הַהוּא רוּחָא דְּב"נ דְּנָפִיק זוּגֵיהּ דְּדָמֵי לֵיהּ.

Come and see, every spirit in the world incorporates male and female. When they emerge INTO THIS WORLD, they come out as male and female, and then divide according to their custom, THE SPIRIT OF THE MALE IS CLOTHED IN A MALE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE FEMALE IN A FEMALE. AFTERWARDS, if a man has merit, they join, he and his mate, and mate in a union in every sense, in spirit and bodily, as written, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind" (Beresheet 1:24). What is, "after their kind"? It is the spirit of the man that comes out with its mate that resembles it.

chanoch adds: Please understand this well. Male and Female is 1 soul. Male without Female is not complete and is not called a Man using the Hebrew word Adam. Female is also not complete yet she is more complete than a single man. This is because she has a complete structure of 10 Sefirot while a single man does not. He lacks his Malchut as the women that will become his mate/spouse is his malchut.

Pasook 23. of Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

וּמַאי הָאָרֶץ, כד"א, רֻקַּמְתִּי בְּתַחְתִּיּוֹת אָרֶץ. וְהָא אוּקְמוּהָ. תּוֹצֵא הָאָרֶץ וַדַּאי, דְּהָא מִנָּהּ נָפְקִין נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה, כְּמָה דְּאוֹקִימְנָא, דָּא רוּחֵיהּ דְּאָדָם קַדְמָאָה, הַיְינוּ דִּכְתִּיב, וּמִפְּרִי הָעֵץ אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ הַגָּן. וּמִפְּרִי הָעֵץ, דָּא קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ הַגָּן, אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ הָאִשָּׁה, תָּנֵינָן, הַיְינוּ, אִשָּׁה כִּי תַזְרִיעַ וְיָלְדָה זָכָר, כְּתִיב. וְלָא כָּלִיל דְּכַר וְנוּקְבָּא, כְּפוּם אוֹרְחוֹי דְּעָלְמָא, דְּאִינּוּן, גָּרְמוּ לֵיהּ, דְּלָא מִתְחַבְּרָן, כַּמָה דְּנַפְקָן מִלְּעֵילָּא זוּגוֹת.

HE ASKS, what is the earth IN THE VERSE, "LET THE EARTH BRING FORTH"? IT resembles the words, "and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth" (Tehilim 139:15), WHICH IS MALCHUT. This has been explained. "Let the earth bring forth" as we explained it to refer to the spirit of the first man WHO EMERGED AND WAS BORN TO MALCHUT CALLED EARTH. This is the meaning of the words, "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the Garden" (Beresheet 3:3). "The fruit of the tree" refers to the Holy One, blessed be He, NAMELY ZEIR ANPIN CALLED THE TREE OF LIFE, WHOSE FRUIT IS THE SPIRIT OF THE FIRST MAN. "which is in the midst of the Garden," within the woman as we learned, WHO IS MALCHUT CALLED WOMAN AND CALLED GARDEN. FOR THE SPIRIT OF THE FIRST MAN CAME OUT FROM THE UNION OF ZEIR ANPIN AND MALCHUT. This is the meaning of, "If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child" (Vayikra 12:2). THE WOMAN, MALCHUT BEARS THE SOULS. It is also written, "AND BORN A MAN CHILD," not included of male and female, as is the custom of the world, THAT THE SOULS ARE BORN MALE AND FEMALE. For THE LOWER BEINGS BY THEIR SINS cause MALCHUT THAT THE SOULS will not join MALE WITH FEMALE, as they come out from above as couples MALE AND FEMALE. HENCE IT IS WRITTEN, "AND BORN A MAN CHILD," SINCE IN THIS WORLD ONLY A MALE NOT INCLUDING A FEMALE APPEARS.

chanoch adds: We need to realize and appreciate how our actions have corrupted the natural order of the physical world. A male should not be born alone - without his mate. Why is it that he does come alone? Do to the actions of Adam and Eve in which we all participated. Then as we continued to make mistakes the process got more difficult for us to find our true soul mates. So we settle for someone and that someone is not perfect for us yet we accept this lack of perfection. Realize how far from perfection we have modified this physical world. Marriage and mating is a good place to realize the corruption we have caused by our actions.

Pasook 24. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

בְּגִין דְּאָדָם קַדְמָאָה, וְזִוֵּוג דִּילֵיהּ, חָבוּ לְקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, וְעַ"ד מִתְפָּרְשִׁין, כַּד נָפְקִין מִלְּעֵילָּא, עַד דְּהֲוָה רַעֲוָא קַמֵּי קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, אִי זָכָה ב"נ, יָהֲבִין לֵיהּ זוּגָתוֹ, וְאִי לָא, מַפְרִישִׁין לֵהּ מִנֵּיהּ, וְיָהֲבִין לָהּ לְאָחֳרָא, מוֹלִידִין בְּנִין דְּלָא כַּדְקָא יֵאוֹת. וְעַ"ד כְּתִיב, לֹא יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם. מַאי רוּחִי, רוּחוֹ מִבָּעֵי לֵיהּ, אִינּוּן תְּרֵין רוּחֵי, דְּנַפְקֵי זוּגוֹת, לָא יְדוּנוּן כַּחֲדָא, וְעַ"ד כְּתִיב, וְיָלְדָה זָכָר, וְלָא כָּלִיל דְּכַר וְנוּקְבָּא, כְּפוּם אוֹרְחוֹי דְּעָלְמָא, דְּאִינּוּן גָּרְמוּ.

Since the first man and his mate EVE had sinned against the Holy One, blessed be He, MALE AND FEMALE are therefore divided when they emerge from above INTO THIS WORLD, THE SOUL OF THE MALE IS BORN ON ITS OWN AND THE SOUL OF THE FEMALE ON ITS OWN, until it will please the Holy One, blessed be He, if man gains merit, to give him his soulmate, THAT IS, THE SOUL OF THE FEMALE THAT WAS INCORPORATED IN HIM ABOVE. Otherwise, she is separated from him and given to another, AND THEN they beget improper children. Hence it is written, "My spirit shall not always strive on account of man" (Beresheet 6:3). Why does it say "my spirit"? It should have said, 'his spirit' OF MAN. For there are two spirits emerging in twosomes. IT SHOULD RATHER BE PRONOUNCED 'SPIRITS'. THE VERSE SAYS they must not be striven after together, BECAUSE THEY COME OUT SEPARATELY. It is therefore written, "and born a man child," and not man and woman TOGETHER according to the ways of the world ABOVE, because of their deeds.

chanoch adds: One important point to understand is the phrase "They beget improper children". Who is they? Anyone who is married to someone that is not their "cosmic - Binah" soul mate. The person they are married to has a tikune with respect to each other. This Zohar still implies that the children that come from these marriages are improper. We have not yet defined improper.

Pasook 25. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

רִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר אָמַר לָאו הָכִי, דְּהָא כֺּלָּא, דְּכַר וְנוּקְבָּא כְּלִילָן כַּחֲדָא, וּמִתְפָּרְשָׁן לְבָתַר, אֲבָל וְיָלְדָה זָכָר, כְּלִילָן כַּחֲדָא מִסִּטְרָא דִּימִינָא, וְאִם נְקֵבָה תֵלֵד, כְּלִילָן בְּחַד נוּקְבָּא וּדְכַר מִסִּטְרָא שְׂמָאלָא, דְּשַׁלְטָא סְטָר שְׂמָאלָא עַל סְטָר יְמִינָא יַaתִּיר, וּדְכוּרָא אִתְכַּפְיָא בִּימִינָא דְּלָא שַׁלְטָא, וּכְדֵין הַהוּא דְּכַר דְּנָפִיק מִגּוֹ נוּקְבָּא, מִסְּטַר שְׂמָאלָא, כָּל אוֹרְחוֹי כְּנוּקְבָּא, אֲבָל דְּכַר דְּנָפִיק מִגּוֹ יְמִינָא, הוּא שַׁלְטָא, וְנוּקְבָּא דְּנָפְקָא מִנֵּיהּ אִתְכַּפְיָא, דְּהָא סְטָר שְׂמָאלָא לָא שַׁלְטָא, וְעַל דָּא וְיָלְדָה זָכָר כְּתִיב.

Rabbi Elazar said that it is not so THAT "AND BORN A MAN CHILD" MEANS HE IS BORN FROM MALCHUT INTO THIS WORLD AS A MAN WITHOUT A WOMAN. For male and female always come joined together, and are then divided AND COME AS MAN ALONE AND WOMAN ALONE. But "and born a man child" REFERS TO A MALE AND A FEMALE included together from the right side, WHICH IS CONSIDERED MALE. "But if she bear a female child" (Vayikra 12:5) MEANS they are included together as female and male from the left side, WHit ICH IS CONSIDERED FEMALE. Then the left side has more power over the right side, and the male on the right is subdued and has no power. The male that comes from the Nukva, MALCHUT, from Her left, always acts like a female AND IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED A FEMALE. But a male coming from the right side OF MALCHUT has power, and the female that emerges with him is subdued, since the left side has no power. Hence it is written of him, "and born a man child."

chanoch adds: reread this Zohar. Understand that it is not talking about male and female in the Torah it is talking about right and left columns. Many times the desire to receive is greater in the female and she takes control of the relationship. There is always a male and a female together. Which of these is in control is what is being expressed in this Zohar Pasook.

Pasook 26. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

וְכַמָּה אֲלַף וְרִבְבָן נַפְקֵי בְּזִמְנָא חֲדָא לְעָלְמָא. וּמִן יוֹמָא דְּאַפְקַת לוֹן, לָא אִקְרוּן נַפְשָׁן, עַד דְּאִתְיַישְּׁבָן בְּגוּפָא. וְכַמָּה הוּא, ל"ג יָמִים. הַיְינוּ דִּכְתִּיב, וּשְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם וּשְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים וְגוֹ'. וְטָמְאָה שִׁבְעַת יָמִים, דְּהָא כָּל שִׁבְעַת יָמִים לָא עָאלִין רוּחִין לְגַבָּהּ, לְאִתְקַשְּׁרָא בָּהּ, וְכָל אִלֵּין שִׁבְעַת יָמִים, רוּחָא אָזְלָא בְּגוּפָא, לְאַשְׁכְּחָא אַתְרֵיהּ. וּכְדֵין כְּתִיב, וְהָיָה שִׁבְעַת יָמִים תַּחַת אִמּוֹ.

Thousands and myriads OF SOULS emerge simultaneously into the world. From the time she brought them forth they are not considered Nefashot UNTIL THEY RECEIVE THEIR ILLUMINATION FROM MALCHUT, until they settle in the body. This takes 33 days, as written, "thirty three days" (Vayikra 12:4). UNTIL THEN THE BODY IS INCOMPLETE FOR THE NEFESH TO SETTLE ON AND BE CLOTHED IN IT. "then she shall be unclean seven days" (Ibid. 2), NAMELY THE NEFESH, for throughout those seven days no spirits enter her, MALCHUT, to be connected with her. And all those seven days, the spirit roams the body to find its place TO SETTLE IN. Then it is written, "it shall be seven days under its dam" (Vayikra 22:27), WHICH IS MALCHUT, AND HE IS UNDERNEATH HER AND CANNOT CONNECT WITH HER.

chanoch adds: The Halacha tells us to not have relations with the recovering mother until after 40 days. This Zohar is explaining that the 40 days is in two parts. One part of 7 days the soul roams about the body and it looking to find its home within the body. The other part is 33 days in addition to the 7. 33 represents Hod SheBe Hod which is discussed in more detail on Lag B'Omer. Ultimately the soul does not complete its connection to the body until the 40th day. If the father has relations with his wife on that day it is possible that he sends/forces the soul out of the body with no way to return.

Pasook 27. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

וּבְיוֹמָא תְּמִינָאָה, אִתְהֲדָרוּ רוּחָא וְגוּפָא לְאִתְחֲזָאָה קָמֵי מַטְרוֹנִיתָא, וּלְאִתְקַשְּׁרָא בָּהּ, וּבִדְכוּרָא, בְּגוּפָא וּבְרוּחָא. וּשְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם וּשְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּשֵׁב עַל דְּמֵי טָהֳרָה, לְאִתְיַישְּׁבָא רוּחָא בְּגוּפָא. וְג' יָמִים מַאי עֲבִידְתַּיְיהוּ. אֶלָּא שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים דְּמִילָה, דְּרַבְיָא כָּאִיב, וְרוּחָא לָא שַׁרְיָא מָדוֹרֵיהּ בְּגוּפָא כִּשְׁאָר יוֹמִין, וְעַל דָּא וּשְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם וּשְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּשֵׁב בִּדְמֵי טָהֳרָה.

On the eighth day the spirit and the body reappear before the Queen and connect with her and with the male, ZEIR ANPIN, in body and soul. "And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for 33 days," IN ORDER for the spirit to settle in the body. HE ASKS, what is the purpose of the three days, AND ANSWERS, these are the three days after circumcision when the child suffers its pain, and the spirit does not dwell in the body as in other days. Hence "And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for 33 days."

chanoch's Commentary

There is a lot of wisdom in this Zohar. The circumcision is the tikune of the body not the soul. That is why the soul does not stay with the body during the 3 painful days. Also implied in this verse is the idea of Gevura Shebe Hod is similar to Hod Shebe Hod. One other point is the idea of Malchut and the Queen which the body and the soul must make that connection to Malchut together. This relates to the midrash story of the guards of the orchard. One is blind the other lame. If you do not know this midrash aske me about it.

Pasook 28. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

בִּדְמֵי טָהֳרָה בְּקַדְמֵיתָא, וּלְבָתַר יְמֵי טָהֳרָה. בִּדְמֵי טָהֳרָה, אִלֵּין, דְּמֵי מִילָה, דָּמָא בָּתַר דָּמָא דְּאָתֵי מֵרַבְיָא, וְקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא נָטִיר לְאִינּוּן דְּמֵי כָּל אִלֵּין יוֹמִין, הה"ד, תֵּשֵׁב בִּדְמֵי טָהֳרָה. טָהֳרָה סְתָם, וְלָא אַדְכִּיר הֵ"א בַּתְרָאָה, דְּלָא תֵּימָא טָהֳרָה דְּמַטְרוֹנִיתָא, אֶלָּא טָהֳרָה סְתָם, דְּמֵי טָהֳרָה אִקְרוּן אִלֵּין דְּמֵי דַּכְיָא.

HE ASKS, at first SCRIPTURE SAYS, "in the blood of her purifying" (Vayikra 12:5) and later "the days of her purifying" (Ibid. 6), AND ANSWERS, "the blood of her purifying" refers to the bloods of circumcision, blood and more blood coming from the child. The Holy One, blessed be He, keeps those bloods all these days. Hence it says, "And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying (Heb. taharah)." The word 'taharah' unspecified IS WRITTEN WITHOUT MAPPIQ (WHICH WOULD RENDER IT 'HER PURIFYING'), SO IT IS NOT PRONOUNCED WHEN READ. THIS INDICATES that the last Hei OF YUD HEI VAV HEI, WHICH IS MALCHUT, is not mentioned. SO you shall not say IT REFERS TO the purifying of the Matron, MALCHUT, THE MOTHER OF THE SOUL, but to purifying in general, SINCE unspecified "blood of her purifying" refers to pure bloods. THIS REFERS TO THE SOUL BORN TO HER. EVERY RISING AND CONNECTION SAID OF MALCHUT REFERS TO MALCHUT AS THE ROOT OF THAT SOUL.

chanoch's Commentary

Bloods and being kept these days is indicating that both mother and child are in a state of judgment - Gevurah. This is why one should limit the childs access to people during these 40 days. As a period of judgment they become exposed to the negative system which is bacteria and viruses. The Mappiq is a trope mark. The word is pronounced differently with a Mappiq than without.

Pasook 29. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

בְּכָל קֺדֶשׁ לֹא תִגָּע וְאֶל הַמִּקְדָּשׁ וְגוֹ'. תָּא חֲזֵי, בְּכָל יוֹמָא וְיוֹמָא, כ"י, נַטְלָא מִבֵּי מַלְכָּא מְזוֹנָא לְרוּחֵיהוֹן דִּבְנֵי נָשָׁא, וְזָנַת לְהוּ בִּקְדוּשָּׁה. בַּר לְהָנֵי, עַד דְּאִתְיַישְּׁבָן בְּגוּפָא אִינּוּן רוּחִין, בָּתַר תְּלָתִין וּתְלַת יוֹמִין, אַשְׁגָחַת עָלַיְיהוּ כָּל יוֹמָא, דְּהָא רוּחִין מִתְקַשְּׁרָן בְּגוּפָא כִּשְׁאָר בְּנֵי עָלְמָא, כְּמָה דְּהִיא לָא שַׁרְיָא אֶלָּא בַּאֲתַר שְׁלִים, כַּךְ כָּל עוֹבָדוֹי כְּהַאי גַּוְונָא, עַד דְּאִשְׁתְּלִימוּ. בְּכָל קֺדֶשׁ לֹא תִגָע, לְאַשְׁגְּחָא עָלַיְיהוּ.

"she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come in to the sanctuary" (Vayikra 12:4). Come and see, the Congregation of Yisrael, MALCHUT, daily takes food from the King's house for human spirits and nourishes them in holiness, except those SPIRITS DURING THE 33 DAYS OF PURIFYING, until those spirits settle in the body. After 33 days, she cares for them daily, since the spirits are then connected to the body like the rest of the inhabitants of the world. As she, MALCHUT, dwells only on a wholesome place, likewise are her actions TOWARDS HUMAN SPIRITS until they are whole. THIS IS THE MEANING OF, "she shall touch no hallowed thing," WHICH MEANS for the purpose of taking care of souls. THAT MEANS SHE DOES NOT TOUCH HOLINESS TO RECEIVE FOOD FROM HOLINESS, WHICH IS ZEIR ANPIN, FOR THOSE SPIRITS.

chanoch's Commentary

This Zohar is relating to the times when a women comes to Jerusalem to be seen by HaShem as part of the three Ragalim Holidays. Certain parts of Jerusalem and certain parts of the sacrifices are eaten in different parts of the city. The mother and child is dealt with in a different way during these 40 days.

Zohar Tazria Section 7 - "And Born a Female Child"

Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria Section 7

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


Rabbi Elazar says that a female child comes from the left side, that has more power than the right. In order to let the spirit be clothed in a body, Malchut separates from Zeir Anpin.

Pasook 30. on the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tazria

וְאִם נְקֵבָה תֵלֵד. כְּמָה דְּאוֹקִימְנָא, דְּשַׁלְטָא סְטָר שְׂמָאלָא יַתִיר וְאִתְכַּפְיָא יְמִינָא, וְעַל דָּא כֺּלָּא עַל חַד תְּרֵין, רְחִיקָא נוּקְבָּא, מִדְּכוּרָא, לְאִתְקַשְּׁרָא רוּחָא בְּגוּפָא, דְּהָא שְׂמָאלָא לָא אִתְיַישְׁבָא הָכִי כִּימִינָא, וְאִשְׁתְּכָחַת בְּתוּקְפָא יַתִיר.

"But if she bear a female child" (Vayikra 12:5), NAMELY as I interpreted, SINCE the left side has more power and the right is subdued before it. Hence it is all doubled. The Nukva, MALCHUT, is separated from the Male, ZEIR ANPIN, TO LET the spirit attach TO BE CLOTHED in a body, since the left does not settle in the body as well as the right, since it abides more in the strength OF GVUROT.

chanoch's Commentary

The Feminists frequently ask why it is twice as long to cleanse a female child than a male child? This pasuk is explaining it. It is due to the source being in the left column for the female aspect of the soul.