Continued from previous DZ
Continuing the subject of the ten actions related to the cup of wine. The cup of the Kiddush by itself is one of the ten things related to the meals of Shabbat.
The sages explained that decoration is with students and the Zohar reveals that the secret of decoration is the letter Yod. The cup is the aspect of the letter H of the name. When the letter Y is added to the cup, then it becomes decorated.
The letter י Yod from YHVH was ‘wrapped’ in Light אור and became אויר, ‘Air’. This is the light God wrapped himself with when he created the worlds.
” עֹטֶה-אוֹר, כַּשַּׂלְמָה”, ” Who covers himself with light as with a garment”
When God said “Let there be Light…” he let the Yod of Chokmah get wrapped around the Light and created the physical ‘Air’ אויר and without it there is no life. The strongest level of Chokamah in the air is in Israel where Creation began. That is why Israel is a source of wisdom and innovations for the whole world.
Live חי , ‘Life’ , 18
The wine should be pure and strong as if it comes directly from the original barrel. It should be undiluted. We pour the ‘live’ wine into the cup but we can add water to balance it. Most wines sold today already come diluted with water. We add few drops of water to ‘soften’ and balance its energy.
The requirement of ‘live’ wine also forms a connection to Yessod that is the aspect of righteous that connects us to Binah, which is Life force and the entire Tree of Life.
Daily Zohar # 1293 – The secrets of the Kiddush – part 2