Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:July 30, 2014
There are certain Shabbats in the year that are given a special name. This Shabbat of the portion Devarim is one of them; it’s called Shabbat Chazon, which literally means the “Shabbat of the Vision.” One of the reasons why it's called Shabbat Chazon is because the portion from the book of Prophets that we read on this Shabbat begins with the word “chazon.” It's talking about the vision that the Prophet has about the destruction and the Final Redemption.
The Zohar tells us, as the kabbalists teach, that Moses was shown all the leaders of every generation that there will ever be until the End of the Correction. This was important because as he is shown the leaders that will come in all the generations after him, he shines Light, wisdom, and understanding on them.
So, the purpose for each one of the leaders from the time of Moses until the time of the End of the Correction being shown to him was that through that vision, through that sight, he was able to bless them and give them Light and wisdom. It is like what the great kabbalist the Ramban, Nachmanides, points out: whenever it says in the Torah that the Israelites were counted, while there were many reasons for it, one of them was that when they were brought in front of Moses, he would look at them, and through his eyes – his sight, his vision- bless and elevate them.
The kabbalists say this week’s Shabbat is also called the "Vision of Isaiah," because this is the Shabbat, the Zohar tells us, where Isaiah is able to not only see every single person of every generation, but to also see the pain of every single person of every generation. We know that the work of Isaiah, the soul of Isaiah, represents what we call the Geulah - the ultimate Redemption, the ultimate removal of pain, suffering and death from this world - which means his soul contains within it all of our perfection. The completion for every lack that we have is within the soul of Isaiah. Isaiah holds within his soul all of the Light that we need in order to achieve our completion. And on this Shabbat, Isaiah sees every single one of us, and sees our lack, pain, and what we need in order to complete our task.
The real work, we know, ultimately should be that of, "What is it that I can do for the perfection of our world? What is it that I can do to bring true change to our world?" We each have a much greater ability to do that than we're currently doing. And, the kabbalists teach, that the lack we have in some areas of our lives cannot be filled just by focusing on them or trying to fill them, but rather by focusing on the work that we need to be doing for the world… especially by focusing on the blockages and difficulties that stem from the higher levels of negativity.
On this Shabbat, Isaiah comes to us and sees what we're lacking, sees the pain that we're in, and gives us the ability to fill it. More importantly than that, he also gives us the vision and understanding that it is the external work, the work for the world that we need to do in order to fill those other lacking aspects in our lives. Because it's important, especially for the work of this Shabbat, that it is clear to us that we will not be able to fill the pain and lack that we have without the work that is external, the work that is for the world.
For thousands of years, the kabbalists have been talking about the power and Light of Shabbat Chazon, but the only way you can truly access the great Light that is available is by knowing its power. And to the degree that we understand the power of this Shabbat is the degree to which we will receive assistance from the soul of Isaiah to fill all our lack.