Shemot: Chapter 42

"Behold, the mighty ones shall cry outside"


Rabbi Elazar tells Rabbi Yehuda that the title verse refers to God's ministers who weep in the outer chambers when God, Who is in the inner chambers, is sad and weeping. We learn that these are called angels of peace, and are distinct from the various other types of angels. Rabbi Yehuda then asks why the ministers of the other nations oppress Yisrael knowing that this causes God to suffer. Rabbi Elazar's reply indicates that they carry out their duties in accordance with God's will.


Reality resembles a mirror. Every deed we perform, each emotion we display, and every word we speak is reflected back to our lives in equal measure, and in identical tone, by the universe. When we curse, we create a negative angel, a negative force that inevitably influences our life in a negative fashion. Likewise, deeds of kindness and the moments where we resist our reactive, egocentric impulses arouse angels of peace. Their influence blankets us with protection and blessings. The events and circumstances that transpire before us are the cumulative results of our positive and negative interactions with the people we encounter on a daily basis. Moreover, the state of the world is merely the sum total of mankind's interactions.

The angels of peace, we are told, derive from the spiritual dimension known as Binah. Binah's Light signifies immortality and infinite bliss.

These verses of Zohar were given to us so that we may now establish a connection to Binah and arouse endless angels of peace who will bring a bounty of blessings to this world. These blessings and spiritual influences will banish conflict, hatred, judgment, and intolerance from our lives, and will give birth to Paradise for all mankind.