An Amazing Solution to the Mystifying Riddle in the Zohar Hakodosh:
The Luz Bone from which the Dead will rise to Life
Is Called “Besuel HaArami” because he is a Fraud!
In this week’s mamar for parshas Toldos, we discuss one of the great mysteries in the process of “Techiyas Hameisim” – when HKB”H will bring life to all the dead. He will do it by rebuilding the entire body from the Luz bone that does not decay in the grave and remains complete.
Where do we find it in this week’s parsha? In the possuk: “Vayehi Yitzchok ben arboim shono bekachto es Rivkeh” — “Yitzchok was forty years old when he took Rivkeh”. The Zohar Hakodosh reveals that this possuk contains the secret of “Techiyas Hameisim”. “Yitzchok” refers to the neshomeh that will return and reenter the lifeless body reviving it with life; “Rivkeh” refers to the physical body that will come back to life.
“Bas Besuel HaArami” – the daughter of Besuel HaArami, is a reference to the fact that HKB”H will bring back life to the physical body by rebuilding the single bone that does not decay in the grave and remains intact. Therefore, the body is referred to as the “daughter of Besuel HaArami — since it renews its life from the bone that is called “Besuel HaArami”.
Why then is this bone that does not die and does not decay being called “Besuel HaArami”? Rashb”i – Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai explains, “Besuel HaArami” means “Besuel the Fraud”. This bone exists long after the other bones, because it misleadingly does not partake from human eating as the other bones do. As a consequence, it remains strong and is the essential building block for the revival of the body. Rashbi adds: “This bone is a fraud and was always a fraud“.
The Meforshim on the Zohar express there wonder: Why did Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai choose to refer to this unique bone, the basis for the revival of the dead, as “Besuel HaArami” — “it is a fraud, and was always a fraud.” Why is it a fraud? Furthermore, if, indeed, it is a fraud, how does it qualify to remain complete thus becoming the building block from which Techias Hameisim will begin?
We begin a wonderful journey to explore the source of this bone Luz, the bone that HKB”H created with a Godly spark to survive and counter fight death. In the end of this journey we will find out that when the Luz saw how the Yeitzer Hurah represented by the serpent, the “Nochosh Hakadmoni”, used lies and deceptions to trap Odom and Chava in his net, to tempt them to eat from the forbidden fruit of the Eitz HaDaas, knowing that this will cause them to die as promised by HKB”H: “On the day that you will it from it you will dye”. The Luz knew well that if he too participated in the great sin of eating from the forbidden fruit, he too will die and decay like the rest of the body, and there will not be left anything to build back the decayed body when the time is ripe for Techias Hameisim.
Therefore the Luz decided to follow the guidelines of the possuk (Tehillim 18, 26): “Im ikesh tispatol” — with the crooked you shall act crooked. Just as the serpent acted cunningly and dishonestly with Odom and Chava, so, too, did the Luz bone act cunningly and dishonestly with the serpent. It pretended that it participated in eating the fruit of the Eitz HaDaas, and it also fooled the serpent into believing that it died along with the rest of the body.
This, then, is the meaning and praise ascribed to the Luz bone by Rashbi: “It is a fraud, and was always a fraud”. In other words, he learned from the serpent the Yeitzer Hora, how to act cunningly, in keeping with the principle of: “Im ikesh tispatol” — with the crooked you shall act crooked.
This in fact is the accurate way to fight the Yeitzer Hurah – use his tactics and deceptions to fight him. If he doesn’t want you to go to the Beis Hamedresh, just tell him that you are going to schmooze with your friends. When you get there take out a Gemoreh and learn with joy and pleasure.
Next week we continue the wonderful voyage in conjunction with the coming parsha parshas Vayaitze.
Have a wonderful Shabbos
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