Shemot: Chapter 17

The morning star


Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Yosi are traveling at dawn when they see two stars shooting cross the sky from opposite sides. After explaining that it is the time when the morning stars prepare to glorify God's Name, Rabbi Elazar proceeds to discuss the verse, "To the chief musician upon the morning star..." The "hind of the morning," we are told, indicates the time when the east lightens and the darkness of night disperses. An angel that oversees the east draws a thread of light from the south until the sun rises and illuminates the world. Then a black light comes to unite with the day, as the light of day (which signifies Zeir Anpin) draws the hind of the morning (which signifies the Nukva) to include it. David composed a psalm about this hind when it was separated from day after being included in it. Thus, we learn that the verse, "My El, my El, why have You forsaken me?" mourns the separation of the Nukva from Zeir Anpin.


In the opening few verses, our meditation draws threads of Light which crack the Klipot, the negative blockages in our soul, thus dispersing the darkness from our being along with the physical chaos in our lives. This super-radiant effect extends to the entire world as the Light shatters the darkness and overwhelms the evil that suffocates human existence. Next, King David, who is the personified will of our entire physical world, is called forth through the mysteries of these verses. He unites our world with paradise above, the source of all Light, commencing our ultimate destiny - eternal existence, song, merriment, joy, and bliss, as we bathe in the Light of the Creator.