Shemot: Chapter 24

"And he sat by the well"


In this section we learn that God allowed Moses to see all through the Holy Spirit, so that he would kill the Egyptian and go to the same well to which Jacob came. While Jacob "looked" at the well, Moses "sat" by the well, which reveals that, although both were of the same level of Holiness, Moses ascended higher than Jacob. This well, Rabbi Yitzchak tells Rabbi Yosi, is not the same well that Isaac and Abraham dug. Rather, it was created at the same time that the world was created, and its mouth was created by Shabbat eve at twilight. There follows a description of the system of unification of the three Columns and the roles of the Sfirot within this system. Then, Rabbi Yehuda quotes the verse, "And the priest of Midian has seven daughters..." and questions how the daughters could have drawn water from Jacob's well when there was a large stone covering its mouth. Rabbi Chiya resolves this difficulty, explaining that there was no longer a stone covering the mouth of the well because Jacob removed it, as it was no longer needed.


Much is concealed from the eyes of men. However, when our consciousness is raised, and when we evolve and elevate spiritually into genuine and proactive people, we see more and sense more. Consequently, we reject evil. We recognize negative forces in all their nefarious and clever disguises.

We are told that Moses looked at an Egyptian and killed him merely by his gaze. This alludes to the power of the eyes. Egypt is a metaphor pertaining to our personal impious impulses. As our own eyes peruse these verses, we do away with the "Egyptian" within us. We connect to the Holy Spirit and we view life, forevermore, through the eyes of our soul.

The Zohar's discussion concerning the well, the Central Column, the Sfirah known as Tiferet, and its connection to Moses and Jacob, connects the reader to the power of his own free will, which is the embodiment of the Central Column. Kabbalistically, the physical world and humanity are founded upon Three Columns, three distinct forces which are: Right Column, A positive (+), proton force of imparting and sharing, or the human soul. Left Column, A negative (-), electron force of receiving and desire, or the human ego and all of its indulgent longings. Central Column, The neutron force of balance and Resistance or the free will to stop the power of our ego and connect instead to the Right Column force of sharing.

Kabbalist Rav Ashlag explains the dynamics of the Three Columns as it relates to human behavior. Rav Ashlag says a man's mission in life is to transform his Left Column's Desire to Receive, into the Desire to Receive for the Sake of Sharing. The moment of transformation occurs when we apply resistance against the Left Column, which seeks to receive endlessly for the self alone. The spiritual path of Kabbalah involves utilizing the Left Column for the purpose of receiving for the sake of sharing with others. This is how the Children of Yisrael become the Light for all the nations. Lacking a Central Column, a person falls under the sway of the Left Column, and darkness is the inevitable result. Moses and Jacob are the personification of the Central Column.

Here we draw upon their spiritual might so that we possess the courage and strength to resist all Left Column urges and instead, dedicate ourselves to giving love, kindness, and Light to everyone in our lives. Each time we resist our egocentric urges, we immediately unite Malchut, our world, with Tiferet, the Upper World. This is referred to by the Zohar as "perfecting Malchut" and "the pursuit of Righteousness." Each act of resistance allows us to drink from the divine well of Light that fills the Upper Worlds.

This passage allows us to create the complete perfection of Malchut, empowering all mankind with the Central Column and the wisdom and power to resist selfishness and evil forever. The well is open and the Divine Waters pour over all Creation.