Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 84a - But are we not told that "from his right hand came a fiery law to them" Deut. The truth is that although the Torah emanated from the side of Power-that is the Left-the Left Side was included in the Right, and thus Justice was tempered by Mercy, which was symbolized by the two fires: white for Mercy, black for Power and Severity. It is written: "And the tablets were the work of God" Ex.
XXXII, They were indeed so, for, as R. The Zohar also mentions the idea of the two hands of God working as one in its commentary on how God dealt with Egypt in the book of Exodus. It also links this idea to another Divine action that will come at the end of days the "Day of the Lord" :. Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2,Page 56a - All the ten punishments which the Holy One brought on Egypt were achieved by the power of one "hand", for the "left hand" is included in the right, the ten fingers forming one entity in correspondence to the Ten expressions by which the Holy One is designated.
Then came a punishment which was equal to all the rest, that of the sea: "The last one was the hardest" Isa. VIII, And in the future the Holy One will deal similarly with all the hosts, princes and chieftains of Edom Rome , as it is written: "Who is he who cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save" Isa.
LXIII, 1. The following text associates the action of the right and left hands of God with the time of Messiah's arrival:. The form "ne'ddari" glorified instead of "ne'ddar" suggests a plural, referring as it does to the joining of the Left Hand with the Right. Said R.
Just as man was divided physically, in order that he should receive a wife and both together form one body, so the Right Hand was divided, as it were, in order that it might take unto itself the Left and both become one, and therefore it is that God smites and heals with one and the same Hand. Note that this whole song has a reference both to the time of its composition and to the future; hence it does not say "hath dashed", but "dashes" tirtaz, lit.
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The same applies to the following verse: "In the fulness of thy majesty thou wilt overthrow taharos thine opponents; thou wilt send forth teshalah thy wrath; it will devour them like stubble. XII, 2. Blessed are those who will be left in the world at that time. The subject of God's "unity" is especially prevalent through this chapter. This idea is reflected in the following verses from Song of Songs Song of Solomon , where God's right and left arms work together.
There is an interesting warning in this section, concerning not awakening "love" mercy ahead of its time as judgment comes with it :. Song of Songs - His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. The Zohar interprets the above verse in light of the end of days, and offers this interesting commentary:. Thou canst find all this in the mystery of the thirty-two paths of the Holy Name.
Before these wonders have taken place in the world, the mystery of the Holy Name will not be manifested in perfection and love will not be awakened: "Ye daughters of Jerusalem, I adjure you by the gazelles and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake the love until she pleases" Cant II, 7.
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The "gazelles" zebaoth symbolize the king, who is called Zebaoth; the "hinds" represent those other principalities and powers from below; "that ye stir not up, etc. Blessed be he who will be found worthy to live at that time! Blessed will he be both in this world and in the world to come. The following text from the Zohar links Song of Songs to a number of related themes, including; the Jubilee Yovel , the heavenly "mother" i.
See previous section for more on this symbolism. Recall that another name for Tipheret is heavenly Israel. The text in several places also speaks of the relationship between the merciful right hand of God, and His judgmental left hand:. III, Who is His "mother"? The Jubilee. And the Jubilee crowned itself with perfect joy, as it is written: "The mother of the children rejoiced" Ps. XXIII, Ye mountains that ye skipped like rams, and ye hills like young sheep?
CXIV, IV, 23 , whom "his mother crowned in the day of his espousals": she crowned him with the symbolic colours, white, red, and green, in which all other colours are included, and in him they were all united. Judah, the "crown" symbolizes Israel, who is God's glory, as it is written :"Israel, in whom I am glorified" Isa. LX, 7. They flared high and dwindled again, and the smoke emitted all the aromas of Paradise, displaying itself in the colours of white, red, and black, as it says, "perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant" S.
III, 6. It was the Shekinah who manifested Herself thus at the giving of the Law in the wilderness on Mount Sinai, as it says, "Who is this zoth that cometh up from the wilderness like pillars of smoke? Have we not the direct statement that "Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire, and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace" Ex. XIX, 18? Blessed were the people who beheld this wondrous thing and apprehended the mystery thereof!
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Abba, the tablets were not engraved, but the letters fluttered on to them, being visible in two colours of fire, white and black, in order to demonstrate the union of Right and Left, as it is written, "length of days is in her right hand and in her left hand is riches and honour" Prov. But are we not told that "from his right hand came a fiery law to them" Deut. Song of Songs is considered one of the most important and revealing texts of all Scripture. The text is even called "Holy of Holies" by the sages. See Zohar citation in notes to verse 9 below, on the subject of "singing.
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A correct interpretation of this book is derived only at the Sod-level. The one coming from the desert in Song of Songs above it the same one coming from Botzrah, as seen in Isaiah This passage also speaks of the end times and redemption, alluding to God's judgment i. With dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is honourable in his clothing, Travelling in the abundance of his power?
And thy garments as treading in a wine fat? For the day of vengeance [is] in my heart, And the year of my redeemed hath come. And I look attentively, and there is none helping, And I am astonished that there is none supporting, And give salvation to me doth mine own arm. And my wrath -- it hath supported me. And I tread down peoples in mine anger, And I make them drunk in my fury, And I bring down to earth their strength.
In all their distress [He is] no adversary, And the messenger of His presence saved them, In His love and in His pity He redeemed them, And He doth lift them up, And beareth them all the days of old. And He remembereth the days of old, Moses -- his people. Where [is] He who is bringing them up from the sea, The shepherd of his flock? Where [is] He who is putting in its midst His Holy Spirit?
Leading by the right hand of Moses, the arm of His glory, Cleaving waters from before them, To make to Himself a name age-during. Leading them through the depths, As a horse in a plain they stumble not. Look attentively from the heavens, And see from Thy holy and beauteous habitation, Where [is] Thy zeal and Thy might? The multitude of Thy bowels and Thy mercies Towards me have refrained themselves. Looking at the picture, we can notice a scepter in her right hand — a sign of power. There is an ankh in her left hand as a symbol of eternal life, and the feather symbolizing the weight of truth on top of her head.
Only a few centuries later, the picture of justice takes the form of the Greek Goddess Themis - an image much closer to the typical icon of justice as its known today. It is a few more centuries before we have it: the Roman Goddess of Justice, Iustitia. While the picture remains effectively the same, we can see the introduction of the blindfold — representing objectivity — which becomes progressively more commonplace towards the end of the Middle Ages.
Is this an accurate personification of justice? I do not believe that writing a comprehensive definition of justice is possible. Justice is a concept which belongs more to the so-called Natural law upon which the State is built on. This list can of course be much longer, including the right to have somebody punished after a fair trial. My two cents is that justice should look like a woman with open arms, to help, protect and withhold with force — only when necessary. Home Blog A symbolic change: Time to rebrand justice?
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