The coming Sunday is Lag b’omer the day that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai – Rashbi, departed from this world. The Bnei Yissoschar teaches us that the great joy associated with this day is due to the fact that on this day Rashbi left us a very unique treasure, Rashbi assigned his pupil, Rabbi Abba, to record all the secrets and mystical aspects of the Torah that had been revealed to him, in the holy Zohar. So, Lag Ba’omer represents the “Matan Torah” of the hidden, mystical Torah. A beautiful allusion to this fact is found in the possuk (Tehillim 119,18): “Gal einay veabito nifloes mitorosecho” – unveil my eyes that I may perceive the wonders from your Torah — the word “GA”L alludes to LA”G Buomer, the day the wonders of the Zohar were revealed and bequeathed to future generations.
In this mamar we reveal that the mysteries recorded by Rabbi Abba on Lag Ba’omer , the day Rashbi departed from this world, are themselves derivations and illuminations from the fiftieth level of Binah. Although, Rashbi surely learned the secrets and mysteries of the “fiftieth level (gate)” from his master, Rabbi Akiva, only he was permitted to reveal them to the world for future generations; he possessed a special ability to veil these lessons in such a manner that only those who are worthy would be able to understand them. The rest of it you will learn in the mamar which opens up our eyes to the great power of the Zohar Hakadosh even to those who cannot understand it’s depth.
Let us conclude with the prayer of the divine poet in “Vaamartem Ko Lechai”: His Torah protects us, it illuminates our eyes, he advocates on our behalf, our master the son of Yochai.”
Zchuso togein oleinu vaal kol yisroel omein.
~ For the full Mamar in Lashon Hakodesh, see the weekly “Hamachne Hachareidi”. ~
~ Click the link below for the full English translation ~