"…And Esau was a man who knew how to trap, and he was a man of the field" (Genesis 25:27)

He was "a man of the field" because the inheritance that was apportioned to him was not from civilized society, but from a place of destruction – the wilderness and the field.

...if the Shechinah was not with him, then how could he bless Jacob at the time...?

If you will ask how it is possible that Yitzchak did not know about the evil deeds of Esau. Behold, the Shechinah (Divine Presence) was with him (Isaac) and if the Shechinah was not with him, then how could he bless Jacob at the time that he blessed him! However, the Shechinah was definitely living with him in the house and living with him always.

Nevertheless, he did not know about them (Esau's evil deeds) in order that Jacob should be blessed without his knowledge (i.e. without Isaac’s knowledge) but with the knowledge of the Blessed Holy One. (Zohar 1:139a)

Keter Is a Higher Intelligence

The explanation of the Zohar quoted above is as follows. The blessings that would have come from the Da’at-Knowledge of Isaac were very powerful, but blessings that come from the Da’at-Knowledge of the Blessed Holy One are obviously much higher and more powerful. In order that the blessing should come from the higher source, the Da’at-Knowledge of the Blessed Holy One, the Da’at-Knowledge of Isaac had to be neutralized. This was accomplished when Yitzchak thought he was doing one thing, but really he was doing another thing. He thought he was blessing Esau, but he really was blessing Jacob. He had no knowledge about what was really happening. Thus, the real blessing came from the higher Da’at of the Blessed Holy One Himself.

Relative to Yitzchak, the higher Da’at of the Blessed Holy One is equivalent to Keter-Crown because it is above the human Da’at-Knowledge of Isaac as well as the human intellect, in general. (See diagram below.)

He thought he was blessing Esau, but he really was blessing Jacob.

Keter is above and beyond the qualities of human intelligence represented by the sephirot of Chochmah, Binah and Da’at. Keter is a higher intelligence. Furthermore, there is a famous saying from the Holy Zohar that "Simplicity is in Keter". In other words, this higher intelligence has the quality of "simplicity" relative to the qualities of human intelligence. This will be explained in the next section of this Appendix.


[Excerpted from appendix 41 to Shaar HaGilgulim]

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