Zohar Tzav Section 15 - By an Action Below An Action Above is Awakened

Zohar Commentary on Parasha TZAV Section 15

It is recommended to not read the Synopsis until after you have studied the Section.


Rabbi Chiya says that any vocalized word below arouses another pronouncement from above, that is called "the word of Hashem". Good arouses good and evil arouses evil.

Pasook 104. from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tzav

פָּתַח ר' יוֹסֵי וְאָמַר, כְּתִיב וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדוֹשִׁים. מַאן דִּמְקַדֵּשׁ גַּרְמֵיהּ מִלְּרַע, מְקַדְּשִׁין לֵיהּ מִלְעֵילָּא. מַאן דְּמַסְאִיב גַּרְמֵיהּ מִלְּרַע, מְסָאֲבִין לֵיהּ מִלְעֵילָּא. מְקַדְּשִׁין לֵיהּ מִלְעֵילָּא יָאוּת, דְּהָא קְדוּשָּׁה דְּמָארֵיהּ שַׁרְיָא עָלֵיהּ, אֲבָל מְסָאֲבִין לֵיהּ מֵאָן אֲתַר. וְאִי תֵּימָא מִלְּעֵילָּא, וְכִי מְסָאֲבוּתָא שַׁרְיָא לְעֵילָּא.

Rabbi Yosi opened the discussion with the verse: "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy" (Vayikra 20:7). He who sanctifies himself below is sanctified from above; he who defiles himself below is defiled from above. HE ASKS: It is well that he is sanctified from above, WHICH MEANS that the Holiness of his Master rests upon him, but defile him? Whence IS HE DEFILED? If you say that it is from above, is there defilement above?

chanoch adds: This si a good question. Let us see what the Zohar answers.

Pasook 105.from the Zohar Commentary on Parasha Tzav

א"ר חִיָיא, הַיְינוּ דְּתָנֵינָן, בְּעוֹבָדָא דִּלְתַּתָּא אִתְּעַר עוֹבָדָא לְעֵילָּא. אִי עוֹבָדָא דִּלְתַּתָּא הִיא בִּקְדוּשָּׁה, אִתְּעַר קְדוּשָּׁה לְעֵילָּא, וְאָתֵי וְשַׁרְיָא עָלֵיהּ, וְאִתְקַדָּשׁ בֵּיהּ. וְאִי אִיהוּ אִסְתְּאַב לְתַתָּא, אִתְּעַר רוּחַ מִסְאֲבוּתָא לְעֵילָּא, וְאָתֵי וְשַׁרְיָא עָלֵיהּ, וְאִסְתְּאַב בֵּיהּ. דְּהָא בְּעוֹבָדָא תַּלְיָא מִלְּתָא.

Rabbi Chiya said: It corresponds to what we have studied, that by a deed below, a deed above is stirred. If the deed below is in Holiness, a Holiness above is provoked and comes to rest UPON THAT MAN, and he is sanctified by it. If he defiles himself from below, a Spirit of Defilement arouses itself from above and comes to rest upon him, and he is defiled by it. It depends upon the MAN'S deed.

chanoch's Commentary

This is now clear that the negative tree and the positive tree are side by side mirror images. When one allows a thought of negativity to remain within his brain he connects to the negative side of the mirror. When one dwells on a positive thought he connects to the positive side of the mirror. Both systems await his actions. We must realize that the thought is what makes the connection. As one grows spiritually the thought becomes like a deed for those who are lower spiritually.

Pasook 106. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Tzav

דְּהָא לֵית לָךָ טַב וּבִישׁ, קְדוּשָּׁא וּמְסָאֲבוּתָא, דְּלֵית לֵיהּ עִקָרָא וְשָׁרְשָׁא לְעֵילָּא. וּבְעוֹבָדָא דִּלְתַּתָּא אִתְּעַר עוֹבָדָא דִּלְעֵילָּא, מַה דְּתָלֵי בְּעוֹבָדָא, בְּעוֹבָדָא אִתְּעַר לְעֵילָּא, וְאִתְעָבֵיד עוֹבָדָא. וּמַה דְּתָלֵי בְּמִלִּין, בְּמִלִּין. כַּד אִתְגְּזַר בְּמִלָּה, אִתְּעַר הָכִי לְעֵילָּא.

There is no good and evil or Holiness and Defilement without its essence and root above. Through the deed below, a deed above is roused. Depending on the deed, a deed is roused above and the deed is done. And whatever depends upon words occurs through words, for when a word is pronounced BELOW, it is so roused above.

chanoch's Commentary

A word is a deed relative to the level of consciousness of the person. This Zohar is teaching us that nothing happens without a spiritual cause. This is the meaning of co creation since Mayim Nukvim or feminine waters is a cause yet the spiritual action above is considered the cause because it actually fulfills the desire of the person. In essence an action below cause the fulfillment of the desire above that needed to be revealed. Thus both levels are co - creators.

Pasook, 107. from the Zohar Commentary on the Parasha Tzav

וְאִי תֵּימָא, מִלָּה מַה אִתְּעַר. אֶלָּא הָכִי כְּתִיב, וְדַבֵּר דָּבָר. הַהוּא דָּבַר, אִתְּעַר מִלָּה אָחֳרָא לְעֵילָּא, דְּאִקְרֵי דָּבָר. דְּבַר יְיָ' אֲשֶׁר הָיָה. וּדְבַר יְיָ' הָיָה יָקָר. בִּדְבַר יְיָ' שָׁמַיִם נַעֲשׂוּ. דְּהָא תָּנֵינָן, הַהִיא מִלָּה סַלְּקָא, וּבָקַע רְקִיעִין עַד, דְּסַלְּקָא בְּדוּכְתֵּיהּ, וְאִתְּעַר מַה דְּאִתְּעַר, אִי טַב, טַב. אִי בִּישׁ, בִּישׁ. וְעַל דָּא כְּתִיב, וְנִשְׁמַרְתָּ מִכֹּל דָּבָר רָע.

You may ask in relation to words: What is aroused ABOVE? HE ANSWERS: It is written, "Nor speaking of vain matters (lit. a word)" (Yeshayah 58:13). That word arouses another pronouncement from above, which is called 'word', NAMELY MALCHUT, AS WRITTEN: "The word of Hashem" (Hoshea 1:1), "and the word of Hashem was precious" (I Shmuel 3:1), and, "by the word of Hashem were the heavens made" (Tehilim 33:6). ALL OF THESE ALLUDE TO MALCHUT, CALLED 'WORD' (HEB. DAVAR). For we learned that MAN'S word rises, piercing firmaments until it rises to its place and arouses that which it arouses. If it is good, then good is aroused; if it is evil, then evil is aroused. NAMELY, IT EITHER ROUSES MALCHUT OF HOLINESS OR MALCHUT OF DEFILEMENT TO INFLUENCE HIM. It is therefore written: "Then keep you from every evil thing (Heb. davar)" (Devarim 23:10).

chanoch's Commentary

The Hebrew word Davar is sometimes translated as word and sometimes translated as thing. Anything physical has a connection to Malchut. This is what is being said in this Zohar. A thing or a word is always connected to Malchut. Malchut is a mixture of positive and negative. Thus we learn all space is either occupied by the Light or by Satan. When we shorten the process we remove Satan because Light is always fulfilling. i hope you understand this.