Zohar Vayelech Section 4 - There are 3 Who Testify

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Zohar Vayelech Section 4 - There are 3 Who Testify


Rabbi Aba and Rabbi Yitzchak discuss the witnesses that bear testimony about Yisrael, and we learn that they are the well of Isaac, the lottery, the stone that Joshua placed and the song of praise that God taught Moses just before his death.

Pasook 21 from the Zohar Sulam Commentary on the Parasha Vayelech

לָקוֹחַ אֵת סֵפֶר הַתּוֹרָה הַזֶּה וְגוֹ'. הָא אוֹקִימְנָא מִלֵּי. אֱלֹהֵיכֶם. אֱלֹהֶיךָ. אֵל. אֱלֹהֵינוּ.

"Take this book of the Torah, and put it in the side of the Ark of the Covenant of Hashem your Elohim..." (Devarim 31:26). HE WAS ASKED WHY HE SAID, "HASHEM YOUR ELOHIM," RATHER THAN 'HASHEM OUR ELOHIM'. AND HE ANSWERS, we have explained this IN SEVERAL PLACES, THE REASON FOR THE NAMES 'your (plur.) Elohim', 'your (sing.) Elohim', 'El', 'our Elohim'.

chanoch's Commentary

The basic reason is that the Name of HaShem can be easily misunderstood. The Name of HaShem meaning the attribute of HaShem that Moshe spoke with at this time was the Attribute of Mercy which is the Tetragrammaton rather then the aspect of Judgment and Elohim.

Pasook 22 from the Zohar Sulam Commentary on the Parasha Vayelech

דְּאָמַר ר' אַבָּא אָמַר ר' יְהוּדָה, מַאי דִּכְתִּיב כִּי הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה עוֹמֵד עָלָיו אַדְמַת קֺדֶשׁ הוּא. אַדְמַת קֺדֶשׁ וַדַּאי, דְּהַיְינוּ אֶרֶץ הַחַיִּים. אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה עוֹמֵד עָלָיו, עָלָיו וַדַּאי, הַיְינוּ בְּקַדְמֵיתָא, וכ"ש לְבָתַר. תָּאנָא, אָמַר ר' יוֹסֵי, כְּתִיב וְהָיָה שָׁם בְּךָ לְעֵד, לְעֵד וַדַּאי דְּיַסְהִיד סַהֲדוּתָא.

As Rabbi Aba said in the name of Rabbi Yehuda, what is the meaning of, "for the place on which you do stand is holy ground" (Shemot 3:5)? It is surely holy ground, namely the land of the living, WHICH IS MALCHUT. "On which you do stand": surely it is on it, that is in the beginning and all the more so later. We learned that Rabbi Yosi said, it is written, "that it may be there for a witness against you" (Devarim 31:26), a witness surely to give testimony.

chanoch's Commentary

Remember a witness is not a judge. Elohim deals with Judgment; HaShem comes from the aspect of Mercy. Being a witness is coming from Mercy.

Pasook 23 from the Zohar Sulam Commentary on the Parasha Vayelech

תְּלָתָא אִינּוּן דְּקַיְימוּ בְּסַהֲדוּתָא לְאַסְהֲדָא, וְאִלֵּין אִינּוּן: בְּאֵר דְּיִצְחָק, גּוֹרָל, וְאַבְנָא דְּשַׁוֵּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ. וְדָא שִׁירָתָא, סַהֲדוּתָא יַתִּיר מִכֺּלָּא. אָמַר ר' יִצְחָק אִי הָכִי אַרְבַּע אִינּוּן. אָמַר לֵיהּ וַדַּאי, אֲבָל גּוֹרָל לָא כְּתִיב בֵּיהּ סַהֲדוּתָא.

There are three who testify. They are Isaac's well, the lot and the stone, which Joshua placed. And this poem more than all, AS IT SAYS, "THAT THIS POEM MAY BE A WITNESS FOR ME..." (IBID. 19). Rabbi Yitzchak said, in that case there are four. He said to him, surely THIS IS SO, but no testifying is mentioned in relation to the lot.

chanoch's Commentary

This is because a lot or lottery is open to interpretation that it is relating to "coincidence". This will be true until people realize that there is no coincidece.

Pasook 24 from the Zohar Sulam Commentary on the Parasha Vayelech

בְּאֵר דְּיִצְחָק מְנָלָן. דִּכְתִּיב בַּעֲבוּר תִּהְיֶה לִּי לְעֵדָה וְגוֹ'. גּוֹרָל, דִּכְתִּיב עַל פִּי הַגּוֹרָל תֵּחָלֵק נַחֲלָתוֹ, דַּהֲוָה אָמַר דָּא לִיהוּדָה, וְדָא לְבִנְיָמִין, וְכֵן לְכֻלְּהוּ. אַבְנָא דִּיהוֹשֻׁעַ, דִּכְתִּיב הִנֵּה הָאֶבֶן הַזֺּאת תִּהְיֶה בָּנוּ לְעֵדָה. וְהָכָא, וְהָיָה שָׁם בְּךָ לְעֵד. וּכְתִיב, וְעָנְתָה הַשִּׁירָה הַזֺּאת לְפָנָיו לְעֵד, הִיא וַדַּאי אַסְהִידַת בְּהוּ בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל.

Whence do we know about Isaac's well? From the verse, "that they (it) may be a witness to me" (Beresheet 21:30); about the lot, from the words, "According to the lot shall their inheritance be divided" (Bemidbar 26:56), which used to say, 'this is to Judah', and 'this is to Benjamin', and so on. HENCE IT SAID, "ACCORDING TO (LIT. 'BY THE MOUTH OF') THE LOT," WHICH MEANS THE LOT SPOKE. As for Joshua's stone, it is written, "Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us" (Yehoshua 24:27). And here IT IS WRITTEN, "that it may be there for a witness against you," and, "that this poem shall testify against them as a witness" (Devarim 31:21). Surely it testified against Yisrael.

chanoch's Commentary

There is some amazing aspects to this Pasook that relate to modern psychics and to consciousness. Read this Pasook with the question in your mind... Is Prophecy a witness or a forecast?When you realize that Prophecies are viewing one of several possibilities you realize that it is a witness to the future and this becomes a significant issue in how are prophcies then manifested. Consciousness prevails. thus if i hear a Prophecy and then it comes true did it forecast the event or did i manifest the event as i heard it expressed. As i said there is much to contemplate here.