Zohar Tzav Section 13 - Zeh and Zot

Parasha TZAV

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Rabbi Shimon explains that the purpose of the sacrifices brought by Aaron and his sons is to bring together zot (Malchut) and zeh (Zeir Anpin), that are separated by the wicked in the world.

Pasook 98. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tzav

א"ר שִׁמְעוֹן, כְּתִיב. זֶה קָרְבַּן אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו אֲשֶׁר יַקְרִיבוּ לַיְיָ'. ת"ח, חַיָּיבֵי עָלְמָא, גַּרְמִין לֵיהּ לְקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, לְאִסְתַּלְּקָא מכ"י. הה"ד, אִישׁ תַּהְפּוּכוֹת יְשַׁלַּח מָדוֹן וְנִרְגָּן מַפְרִיד אַלּוּף. מַאן הוּא אַלּוּף. דָּא קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, כד"א, אַלּוּף נְעוּרַי אָתָּה. וְאִינּוּן מַפְרִישִׁין לְזֹאת מִזֶּה, דְּאִיהוּ שְׁלָמָא דְּבֵיתָא, וְאִינּוּן זִוּוּגָא חֲדָא.

Rabbi Shimon said: It is written, "This is the sacrifice of Aaron and his sons, which they shall offer to Hashem" (Vayikra 6:13). Come and behold: the wicked in the world cause the Holy One, blessed be He, to depart from the Congregation of Yisrael. Hence, it is written: "A perverse man sows strife: and a mischief-maker separates close friends" (Mishlei 16:28). Who is the close friend? It is the Holy One, blessed be He, as written: "You are the close friend of my youth" (Yirmeyah 3:4). They separate zot ('this', fem.), MALCHUT, from zeh ('this', masc.), ZEIR ANPIN, which is household peace, NAMELY YESOD, they who are united together.

chanoch adds: Yesod of Zeir Anpin has two aspects, the crown and the stem. The Crown is always connected to Malchut while the stem can be separated based on negative actions of people. The implication is that the Priest is capable of fixing this lack of Shalom Bayit - Peace in the House.

Pasook 99. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Tzav

אָתָא אַהֲרֹן קַדִּישָׁא וּבְנוֹי, וְעַל יְדַיְיהוּ מִתְקָרְבִין תַּרְוַויְיהוּ, וְאִזְדְּוַוג זֶה בְּזֹאת. הה"ד, בְּזֹאת יָבֹא אַהֲרֹן אֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ. זֶה קָרְבָּן אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו. וְאִינּוּן מְזַוְּוגֵי לְמַלְכָּא קַדִּישָׁא עִלָּאָה בְּמַטְרוֹנִיתָא, וְעַל יְדַיְיהוּ מִתְבָּרְכָאן עִלָּאִין וְתַתָּאִין, וּמִשְׁתַּכְחִין בִּרְכָאן בְּכֻלְּהוּ עָלְמִין, וְאִשְׁתְּכַח כֹּלָּא חַד בְּלָא פֵּרוּדָא.

The holy Aaron and his sons came. By their efforts, the two were brought near and zeh, ZEIR ANPIN, joined zot, MALCHUT. Hence, "with this (Heb. zot) shall Aaron come into the Holy" (Vayikra 16:3), and, "this (Heb. zeh) is the sacrifice of Aaron and his sons." They mate the Holy Supernal King, ZEIR ANPIN, with the Matron, MALCHUT. Through them, the upper and lower are blessed and blessings abound in all the worlds. And everything is one without separation.

Pasook 100. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tzav

וְאִי תֵּימָא, אֲמַאי לָא כְּתִיב זֹאת קָרְבָּן, לְקָרְבָא זֹאת לְאַתְרֵיהּ. לָאו הָכֵי, דְּהָא כַּהֲנָא מֵעֵילָּא קָא שָׁרֵי לְאַיְיתָאָה זִוּוּגָא לָהּ לִכְנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד דְּמָטֵי לְהַאי זֶה, לְאִזְדַּוְּוגָא בְּזֹאת וּלְקָרְבָא לוֹן כַּחֲדָא. ובג"כ כַּהֲנָא אַשְׁלִים קָרְבְּנָא וְקָרִיב זִוּוּגָא, זַכָּאָה חוּלָקֵיהוֹן בְּעָלְמָא דֵּין וּבְעָלְמָא דְּאָתֵי.

You may ask why it does not say: "This (Heb. zot) is the sacrifice," WHICH MEANS drawing near Zot, MALCHUT, to Her place, ZEIR ANPIN. WHY DOES IT SAY ZEH (LIT. 'THIS') IS THE SACRIFICE," (VAYIKRA 6:13) WHICH ONLY ALLUDES TO ZEIR ANPIN? IT IS MALCHUT THAT WE SHOULD DRAW NEAR ZEIR ANPIN, AND NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND. HE ANSWERS: This is not so. WHEN THE PRIEST BRINGS THE SACRIFICE BELOW, the priest above, REFERRING TO THE SFIRAH OF CHESED, begins to bring about the union to the Congregation of Yisrael, MALCHUT, until he reaches Zeh, DENOTING ZEIR ANPIN, and attaches it to Zot, INDICATING MALCHUT, and brings them together. AS THE PRIEST BELOW DRAWS MALCHUT NEAR ZEIR ANPIN, SO DOES THE PRIEST ABOVE DRAW ZEIR ANPIN NEAR MALCHUT. The priest therefore completes the sacrifice and brings about the mating. Happy is their portion in this world and in the World to Come.

chanoch's Commentary

Mayim Nukvim - actions below awaken actions above. This metaphor is demonstrating this Kabbalistic Metaphor.