Zohar Vayelech Section 3 - From the UtterMost Parts of the Earth We Have Heard Songs

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Zohar Vayelech Section 3 - From the Utter Most Parts of the Earth We Have Heard Songs


Rabbi Shimon talks about those people who pay no attention to the glory of God and who have no interest in becoming holy. He says that Malchut is ready and available to praise God after midnight every night. Prior to that the wicked prosecutors go about in the world to harm people, but from midnight onward their power is removed. We hear that if people are sanctified in their own union they also inspire a spiritual sanctity above, assisting in the union of God and His Shechinah. If they do not, there are flaws both above and below and the children born of the union are deceitful. Rabbi Shimon tells us about the time that Yisrael entered the Holy Land with the Ark of the Covenant traveling before them, and the songs of praise and joy that were sung. He says how unfortunate it is that Yisrael were destined later to treacherously betray God and become uprooted from their land; they would have to be cleansed of their iniquities in a foreign land.

Pasook 16 from Zohar Sulam Commentary on Parasha Vayelech

ר' שִׁמְעוֹן פָּתַח, מִכְּנַף הָאָרֶץ זְמִירוֹת שָׁמַעְנוּ צְבִי לַצַּדִּיק וְגוֹ', וַוי לוֹן לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא, לְאִינּוּן דְּלָא מַשְׁגִּחִין וְלָא מִשְׁתַּדְּלִין בִּיקָרָא דְּמָארֵיהוֹן, וְלָא מִסְתַּכְּלִין בִּקְדוּשָּׁא עִלָּאָה, לְאִתְקַדְּשָׁא בְּהַאי עָלְמָא, לְמֶהֱוֵי קַדִּישִׁין בְּעָלְמָא דְּאָתֵי. מִכְּנַף הָאָרֶץ, דָּא כְּסוּתָא עִלָּאָה קַדִּישָׁא. זְמִירוֹת שָׁמַעְנוּ, כד"א נוֹתֵן זְמִירוֹת בַּלָּיְלָה, זְמִירוֹת תּוּשְׁבְּחָן דִּכְנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל, קַמֵּי קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא בַּלָּיְלָה. בַּלָּיְלָה: בְּזִמְנָא דְּאִיהִי אִזְדַּמְּנָא וּשְׁכִיחָא לְשַׁבְּחָא לֵיהּ לקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא וּמִשְׁתַּעֲשָׁע עִם צַדִּיקַיָּיא בְּגִנְתָּא דְּעֵדֶן.

Rabbi Shimon opened with, "From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, glory to the righteous. BUT I SAID, MY LEANNESS, MY LEANNESS, WOE TO ME! TRAITORS HAVE DEALT TREACHEROUSLY..." (Yeshayah 24:16). Woe to people, that they do not care and are not occupied with the glory of their Master, nor do they behold the supernal holiness, to be sanctified in this world so as to be holy in the World to Come. "The uttermost part of the earth" refers to the supernal covering, NAMELY MALCHUT. "We heard songs," as in, "who gives songs in the night" (Iyov 35:10), that is, the songs and praises of the Congregation of Yisrael, MALCHUT, before the Holy One, blessed be He, WHO IS ZEIR ANPIN, at night. "In the night" MEANS when she is ready and present to praise the Holy One, blessed be He, and takes pleasure in the righteous in the Garden of Eden.

chanoch's Commentary

This Pasook is difficult to reconcile in a modern world. It implies that HaShem punishes people because they do not occupy themselves with the Glory of HaShem. Nothing is further from the truth. HaShem does not care if we care about him. He wants us to receive more - to grow to be a greater vessel so taht we can receive more from him taht is the sole substance of the relationship of man to HaShem. Become a bigger vessel weather that is through size or purity does not matter to HaShem.

Pasook 17 from Zohar Sulam Commentary on Parasha Vayelech

וְאֵימָתַי. מִפַּלְגּוּת לֵילְיָא וְאֵילָךְ. וּכְדֵין זְמִירוֹת שָׁמַעְנוּ, תּוּשְׁבְּחָן. וּזְמִירוֹת: כד"א לֺֹא תִזְמוֹר. וּכְתִיב זְמִיר עָרִיצִים יַעֲנֶה, אַעְקְרוּתָא מֵאַתְרַיְיהוּ כָּל אִינּוּן תַּקִּיפִין, דְּהָא כַּד עָיֵּיל לֵילְיָא, כַּמָה עֲרִיצִים גַּרְדִּינֵי נִימוּסִין שְׁכִיחִין בְּעָלְמָא, אָזְלִין וְשַׁיְיטָן בְּעָלְמָא לְקַטְרְגָא. מִפַּלְגּוּת לֵילְיָא וְאֵילָךְ, אִתְּעַר רוּחָא חֲדָא וְאַעְקַר לְכֻלְּהוּ מֵאַתְרַיְיהוּ, וְאַעְבַּר לוֹן דְּלָא יִשְׁלְטוּן. זְמִירוֹת שָׁמַעְנוּ, תּוּשְׁבְּחָן דִּכְנֶסֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּלֵילְיָא, וְכָל דָּא לָמָּה. צְבִי לַצַּדִּיק, לְאִזְדַּוְּוגָא בְּזִוּוּגָא חֲדָא דְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, וּלְאִתְקַדְּשָׁא בִּקְדוּשָּׁה חֲדָא.

When IS SHE READY TO PRAISE THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE? It is from midnight onward. Then, "we heard songs," namely praises. "Songs (Heb. zemirot)" MEANS as in, "nor prune (Heb. tizmor)" (Vayikra 25:4), and ALSO, "so the song of the tyrant shall be brought low" (Yeshayah 25:5), which refers to pulling out all the tyrants from their places. For when the night comes, many tyrannical litigants are present in the world, walking and roaming the world to bring accusations. From midnight onward, a spirit is roused, which pulls them all from their places and removes them so they shall not have power. "We heard songs" refers to the praises of the Congregation of Yisrael TO THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, at night. What is the reason for all that? It is "glory to the righteous," WHICH MEANS MALCHUT WISHES to unite in a single union with the Holy One, blessed be He, and be sanctified with him in the same holiness. "Glory" is derived from desire, while the righteous is Yesod.

chanoch's Commentary

This pasook is reminding us that Mercy enters the universe at Chatzot - the middle of the Night or Midnight as a practical matter. That is when the energy changes and that is why the Kabbalists study starting at that moment.

Pasook 18 from Zohar Sulam Commentary on Parasha Vayelech

וָאוֹמַר רָזִי לִי רָזִי לִי, דָּא הוּא רָזָא עִלָּאָה. דָּא הוּא רוּחַ קַדִּישָׁא, אֲבָל אוֹי לִי עַל דָּרָא, וְעַל עָלְמָא, בּוֹגְדִים בָּגָדוּ, דְּכֻלְּהוּ מְשַׁקְּרָן בֵּיהּ, מְשַׁקְּרָן בְּהוּ בְּגַרְמַיְיהוּ, וְלָא דַּי דִּמְשַׁקְּרָן בְּגַרְמַיְיהוּ, אֶלָּא אִינּוּן בְּנִין דְּאוֹלִידוּ מִתְשַׁקְּרָן בְּהַהוּא שִׁקְרָא דִּלְהוֹן, וְאִשְׁתְּכָחוּ פְּגִימִין לְעֵילָּא וְתַתָּא.

"But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe to me." "MY LEANNESS (HEB. RAZI)" is a supernal mystery, BECAUSE 'RAZ' MEANS A SECRET. THE SECOND SECRET is TO DRAW a Holy Spirit. THAT IS, THE UNION OF THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, WITH HIS SHECHINAH AT MIDNIGHT IS A SUPERNAL MYSTERY. IF PEOPLE BELOW ARE THEN SANCTIFIED IN THEIR MATING, AND MEDITATE ON IT, THEY DRAW A HOLY SPIRIT. But "woe to me" for the generation and for the world; "traitors have dealt treacherously," for they are all false to Him, THAT IS, THEY DENY THE SUPERNAL PROVIDENCE; they are false to themselves BY NOT SANCTIFYING THEMSELVES DURING MATING. Not only are they false to themselves, but the children they beget would be false because of their falsity DURING MATING, WHICH WAS WITHOUT SUPERNAL HOLINESS, and they are blemished above and below.

chanoch's Commentary

The word Razi in Hebrew relates to a secret which is concealed. Mating is always referred to as relating to concealment. Mating or sexual union needs to be made in the dark without physical light. Mating needs to be done in an appropriate way so that the children that are drawn are done so in a Kosher manner. All of this is being discussed or hinted at within this Pasook.

Pasook 19 from Zohar Sulam Commentary on Parasha Vayelech

כֵּיוָן דְּאִסְתָּכַּל יְשַׁעְיָהוּ בְּהַאי, כָּנִישׁ לְאִינּוּן דַּחֲלִין חַטָּאָה, וְאוֹלִיף לוֹן אֺרַח קַדִּישָׁא לְאִתְקַדְּשָׁא בִּקְדוּשָּׁה דְּמַלְכָּא, וּלְאִשְׁתַּכְּחָא בְּנַיְיהוּ קַדִּישִׁין. כֵּיוָן דְּאִתְקְדָּשׁוּ אִלֵּין, אִינּוּן בְּנִין דְּאוֹלִידוּ אִקְרוּן עַל שְׁמֵיהּ. הה"ד הִנֵּה אָנֺכִי וְהַיְלָדִים אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לִי יְיָ' לְאוֹתוֹת וּלְמוֹפְתִים בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל, דִּפְרִישָׁן מִשְּׁאַר עַמִּין.

When Isaiah saw this, he gathered all those who fear sin and taught them the holy way of being sanctified with the holiness of the King DURING MATING so their children would be holy. Once they were sanctified, the children they begot were named after Him. This is the meaning of, "Behold, I and the children whom Hashem has given me are for signs and for portents in Yisrael" (Yeshayah 8:18), which means they are separated from the other nations.

chanoch's Commentary

IN my experience there has never been a Kabbalist who thought that the Zohar was revealed by Moshe DeLeon in Spain in the 12th Century. All Kabbalists teach that the Zohar was revealed in Israel during the First Century. With this in mind this Zohar becomes very meaningful to refute the commentaries that relate to the Prophecies of Isaiah and the Man From Nazereth being a son of Isaiah as is used in the various "proofs" about the son of Man. The Children of Israel teach from the Zohar and other proof texts that every human being is potentially a Son of the Creator and a Son of Man designation.

Pasook 20 from Zohar Sulam Commentary on Parasha Vayelech

ד"א מִכְּנַף הָאָרֶץ זְמִירוֹת שָׁמַעְנוּ, בְּשַׁעֲתָא דְּעָאלוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל לְאַרְעָא, וַאֲרוֹן קַיְּימָא קַדִּישָׁא קַמַּיְיהוּ, שָׁמְעוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל דְּמִסְטְרָא חַד דְּאַרְעָא, תּוּשְׁבְּחָן וְחֵדוּ וְקַל מְזַמְּרֵי עִלָּאֵי, דִּמְזַמְּרֵי בְּאַרְעָא, כְּדֵין צְבִי לַצַּדִּיק, תּוּשְׁבְּחָא דְּמֺשֶׁה הֲוָה בְּהַהִיא שַׁעֲתָא, דִּבְכָל אֲתָר דְּאָרוֹן, הֲוָה שָׁארִי בְּאַרְעָא, הֲווֹ שַׁמְעֵי קָלָא דְּאַמְרֵי, וְזֺאת הַתּוֹרָה אֲשֶׁר שָׂם מֺשֶׁה לִפְנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. אֲבָל אוֹי לִי דְּבוֹגְדִים בָּגָדוּ, דִּזְמִינִין יִשְׂרָאֵל לְשַׁקְּרָא בְּקוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, וּלְאִתְעַקְּרָא מֵאַרְעָא זִמְנָא חֲדָא. וּבְגִין דְּאִתְאֲחָדוּ בֵּינַיְיהוּ שִׁקְרָא דִּלְהוֹן, יִתְעַקְּרוּן זִמְנָא תִּנְיָינָא, עַד דְּיִשְׁתְּלִים חוֹבַיְיהוּ בְּאַרְעָא אַחֲרָא.

Another explanation for, "From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs" is that when Yisrael entered the land with the holy ark of the covenant before them, Yisrael heard from one side in the land praises and joy and the voice of lofty singers that sing in the land. Then, "glory to the righteous," as the praises at that time were directed to Moses, SINCE GLORY IS A WORD OF PRAISE AND GLORIFICATION, AND THE RIGHTEOUS IS MOSES. Wherever the ark dwelt in the land, they would hear a voice saying, "And this is the Torah which Moses set before the children of Yisrael" (Devarim 4:44). But, "woe to me, traitors have dealt treacherously," since Yisrael will betray the Holy One, blessed be He, and be pulled out of the land once. Since falsehood has taken hold in their midst they shall be torn out a second time FROM THE LAND until their iniquities shall be made good in another land.

chanoch's Commentary

This is a further enhancement to the items expressed in my commentary from Verse 19.