Shemot: Chapter 10
"Come with me from Lebanon, my bride"

In this section, Rabbi Yitzchak first explains that he who studies Torah and performs good deeds will inherit a complete world, while he whose good deeds are incomplete will inherit according to what he deserves. He who does not study Torah or acquire any good deeds will inherit neither this world nor the World to Come. Following this, a discussion of "Come with me from Lebanon, my bride" begins. Rabbi Yehuda explains that God addressed these words to the Shechinah in the upper Sanctuary and announced that the children of Israel would receive the Torah. This would be their shield in exile, to protect them from the idolatrous and oppressive heathen nations. Rabbi Aba adds that God was first in the company that included the Shechinah and 600,000 ministering angels that descended into Egypt with Him. Rabbi Yitzchak interprets the phrase, "look from the top of Amanah," as referring to the Sanctuary above and below, and "From the top of Senir and Chermon," as signifying Mount Sinai. Finally, Rabbi Yehuda offers a contrasting interpretation of, "from the lions' den," as a reference to the students of the Torah, who are lions and leopards in the Torah.


Through the merit of Jacob and all the righteous souls spoken of in the Zohar, we merit a place in the World to Come. Moreover, our actions of reading these very verses become our "good deeds," earning us a portion of the immortal, infinite Light of Creation. And each new day that we embrace these verses and meditate to share its Light with our friends and foes, we add to our good deeds, thereby increasing our share of the World to Come.

The place called Lebanon is a code referring to the spiritual domain known as Binah. Binah's Light is super-luminous. Its ultra-radiant rays banish death and discontent. When Binah shines, it is known as the World to Come.

Binah shines now.