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Daily Zohar - Ki Tavo Day 1

Based on Zohar Pinchas 231a

Rabbi Yehuda said to Rabbi Shimon, Let my master say some beautiful [secret] things about Rosh Hashanah. Rabbi Shimon opened by quoting: "there was (in Hebrew, 'vayehi') the day." (Job 1:6) Wherever it is written: 'vayehi', it refers to a situation of distress. "Now it was in the days of" also refers to distress. Certainly "Now there was the day" refers to a day on which there is distress and this is [referring to] Rosh Hashanah [the Day of Judgment], a day on which harsh judgment is on the world.

"And it happened one day, that Elisha passed through Shunem;" (II Kings 4:8) that day was Rosh Hashanah. And wherever it is said "And it happened on the day," the day referred to is Rosh Hashanah. "Now there was the day when the sons of the Elokim came to present themselves before G-d" (Job 1:6) also refers to the day of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah always lasts for two days
[even in the Land of Israel]. What is the reason for this? It is so that Isaac [who represents gevura] shall be composed of (both) judgment and mercy. This requires two days [for on the first day the judgment is harsh and the second day the judgment is in mercy] and not one [day]. For just one [day of Rosh Hashanah, which would be harsh judgment,] would destroy the world, and this is why it is written twice [in that chapter in Job]: "Now there was a day "[to hint to the 2 days of Rosh Hashanah].

"The sons of the Elokim came": These are certainly the supreme court, the sons of the Elokim; the sons of the King, are surely near to them. And they are the seventy officials
[of the supernal Sanhedrin] who always surround the King [for they emanate from the lower 7 sefirot of malchut] and they decree judgment on the world.

"To present themselves before
('upon') G-d": Do they stand [G-d forbid to judge] upon G-d? No, but when they stand to judge, the first to be judged is the one who does not honor the Holy Name and does not respect the Torah and His servants [i.e. he does not respect those who learn Torah and obey the commandments].

So too they pass judgment on whoever is not concerned about the honor of the Holy Name that it not be desecrated in the land. (These include one who is self-centered and only interested in glorifying himself as well as one who doesn’t concentrate properly when using the Holy name to make the blessings over food and other permitted things, or who mentions the Holy names for no reason.)

"And the adversary came also amongst them".
['Satan'] "Also" means he also comes with his female aspect.[Lillit]. And so it is here: "to present themselves, in addition to G-d" means that the 'Satan', too, was concerned for the honor of this Name. [Although they are from the Other Side, they know the truth and are concerned with G-d's honor.1]

BeRahamim LeHayyim: Why did the Ari and Chida include this section? What do they want us to learn?

It is oh so important to try to get yourself in the right mind place for the Days of Awe prayers. Do what ever you can do! And breaking one's heart, in particular the shell we put around our heart for protection, is an important first step. WE ARE IN THE PALACE BEFORE THE KING! For real! And we cry because we know that He is this close || and He hears our prayers, and He knows our desire to change to be better folk. We do not cry over the past; no, no, we cry over the present instant moment.

Open your mind's eye to imagine that indeed G-d Himself is hearing your words. The language of the prayer is designed to help us with this. Throw yourself into them! The tears that fall show that our soul is being judged. And tears sweeten the judgment, the harsh judgment on the first day, and the soft judgment on the second.

On these days of judgment, it is SOOOO important not to get angry at all. For the way we begin a year determines its flow. And L-rd knows we don't need any more anger in our lives!

These are the days that the angels come to report on our year. We can fix lots by being mindful and honoring the Omniscient One's Presence. Present yourself to the Creator in truth, and pray that only goodness and kindness will follow all of the days of this year.

What does the above mean for your Rosh Hashanah intentions, and why is it being revealed to you this year?


Bracketed annotations from Metok Midevash and Sulam commentaries
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FOOTNOTES
1. Demons do not say G-d's Name in vain. Therefore they feel they have the right to accuse people of taking the Holy Names lightly. (Megilah 3a)

Translated and annotated by Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin from the Zohar selection in Hok L'Yisrael   More articles...  |   RSS Listing of Newest Articles by this Author
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, also know by the acronym "Rashbi," lived in the Holy Land in the 2nd century C.E. A disciple of Rabbi Akiva, Rashbi played a key role in the transmission of Torah, both as an important Talmudic sage and as author of the Zohar, the most fundamental work of Kabbalah. He was buried in Meron, Israel, west of Safed.
Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin is a devoted student of many of the leading teachers of Kabbala in English in Israel and the USA. He is a criminal defense lawyer who lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his family.
Chok L'Yisrael is a daily study guide compiled by Rabbi Chaim Vital based on the weekly Torah Portion that includes sections of Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishna, Talmud, Zohar, Jewish Law, and Jewish Ethics.

 



 


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