" אִשָּׁה כִּי תַזְרִיעַ, וְיָלְדָה זָכָר " ( Leviticus 12:2)
If a woman be delivered, and bear a man-child
The Zohar for this parasha discusses the different aspects of the connection between the male and female, and the light that flows as a result of it.
When Adam was created he had two faces (sides) Genesis (1:27)
" וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹקים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ: זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם ",
"And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."
The Zohar explains "זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם" ("Male and Female he created them") means that both were connected back to back. They were one but couldn\’t see each other. G-d said (Genesis 2:18)
"וַיֹּאמֶר יְקוָק אֱלֹק ים, לֹא-טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ; אֶעֱשֶׂה-לּוֹ עֵזֶר, כְּנֶגְדּוֹ "
"And God said: \’It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help for him "
" כְּנֶגְדּוֹ ", "for him", means in front of him. " וַיִּקַּח, אַחַת מִצַּלְעתָיו " (and he took one of his ribs). The word for rib in Hebrew is" צל " which also means side, like the side of a building. " אַחַת ","one", is in the female form.
The Zohar continues to explain that G-d brought Eve to Adam as a bride to the groom and blessed them (1:28). The blessing was like the seven blessings in a wedding ceremony, the "Kidushin". Those blessings build and create the unification of the Seven Sefirot (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut). This way a complete form of light and vessel is established. The couple is united and bonded with the spiritual system.
Why it takes two to Tango? (or to have children)
Initially, G-d created Adam and Eve as one in order to establish a desire for them to seek each other and connect. Like us, we crave something that we have already had a taste for. A person that never tasted a good chocolate (or similar), will not have the desire for it. Adam and Eve were Zeir Anpin and Malchut on the spiritual level. G-d took them through the process of separation in order to give them the opportunity to desire and work on connecting to each other. That connection draws light to the world.
After G-d removed Eve from the side of Adam it said (Genesis 2:21,22,23,24)
"וַיִּקַּח, אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו, וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר, תַּחְתֶּנָּה" , "G-d took one of his ribs, and closed up the place with flesh instead ". This is the separation of Eve from Adam or Malchut from Zeir Anpin. Then in Genesis 2:23
"וַיֹּאמֶר, הָאָדָם, זֹאת הַפַּעַם עֶצֶם מֵעֲצָמַי, וּבָשָׂר מִבְּשָׂרִי; לְזֹאת יִקָּרֵא אִשָּׁה, כִּי מֵאִישׁ לֻקְחָה-זֹּאת \’
"And Adam said: \’This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.\’"
Adam recognized the separation and called her "זֹּאת \’" (it is also a code for Malchut).
The final advice in 2:24
"עַל-כֵּן, יַעֲזָב-אִישׁ, אֶת-אָבִיו, וְאֶת-אִמּוֹ; וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ, וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד"
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh"
Father and Mother as explained in previous commentaries refer to Chokmah and Binah, that give birth to Zeir Anpin (Male energy, "זכר ") and Malchut. Their purpose is to connect and be one "אֶחָד ", numerical value is 13, same as love "אהבה ".
When a person connects to another woman, he creates a major flaw in his spiritual connection to the light and the correction of it is very hard. (Zohar Tazriah).
"אשה־אחרת ", "another woman", is a woman who belongs to another man. (Please don\’t think of belonging as in property. Two parts of the same soul \’belong\’ to each other.) The Zohar uses the words "אשת־אחר " and it can be translated as a woman who is married to another man, and also a woman from the impure system.
"אחר " in the Torah refers to the bad and impure side of the Tree of Knowledge.
The word " עֵזֶר " "help" in Genesis 2:18 has the meaning of help and also a tool. When we rearrange the order of the letters we get "זרע ", which means seed. In our reference this is the seed that is created when a man (male energy) and a woman (female energy) unite.
When we think about the process of unification and creating life, we realize how great the miracle of creation is. The numerical value of the first two letters " רז " is 207, which is the same as Light. " אור ". The third letter " ע " equals to 70, which represents the seven Sefirot (Each Sefira contains ten inner Sefirot). The light comes in with the unification.
The Ari Hakadosh, explains that the first service of Yom Kippur is to open the arc, bring out Torah scrolls and recite a verse from psalms (97:11) " אוֹר, זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק וּלְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב שִׂמְחָה " ("Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.").
The seed of the Light for the whole year is at that point in Yom Kippur. Opening the Arc is in the level of Chokamh and Binah (Kabbalistically called Father and Mother). The Torah scroll is Zeir Anpin, rolled in a shape of the letter Vav and held upright to channel the Light to Malchut (the world of action).
The Ari gives a deeper meditation and suggest s that a man should do his best just to be able to carry one of the Torah scrolls taken out of the Arc on the night of Yom Kippur. The first Torah that is brought out of the Ark is the seed of all.
" וְיָלְדָה זָכָר ","and delivered a man child" is a result of the connection. " זָכָר " is the appearance of the light. This word also reveals the light in it with the letters of " רז "=" אור " =" אין־סוף ". The other letter is "כ ", the letter of Keter, the highest sefira. It is also the letter of the Sun. This letter also opens forward, in a giving state. "זָכָר " (=male) is and should be a channel for the Light.
The Zohar talks about the circumcision, Brit (" מילה ") done on the eighth day. During the circumcision, the father, or the Mohel acting on behalf of the father, removes the foreskin, " ערלה ", which represents the Sin of Adam and Eve and the snake. The process is the first correction of the body. By removing that negativity we connect the child " זָכָר " to the light. Naming the child immediately after the circumcision is important. The name connects the body to the root of the soul of his name and it is done after the removal of the negativity. The child is now connected to Binah.
It is important to understand that all our prayers are for the purpose of unifying the male (Zeir Anpin, " יקוק ") and the Female (Malchut, " שכינה "). This draws the light and keeps it flowing to this world. If all prayers and spiritual connections stopped, the world would go out of existence.
The Kabbalists teach us that all of our spiritual and physical connections should start with the " לשם־יחוד־קודשה־בריך־הוא
B"H we will merit witnessing the final connection of the Light and Vessel in equality (Zechariah 14:9)
"וְהָיָה יְקוָק לְמֶלֶךְ, עַל-כָּל-הָאָרֶץ; בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִהְיֶה יְקוָק אֶחָד–וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד . ",
And G-d shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall the G-d be One, and His name one.
I Love you all, Shabbat Shalom,