Haqdamat Sefer ha-Zohar 5
“When sins prevailed, He descended to the rungs below, and He killed that lion,
no longer willing to provide its prey. He, as it were, killed it. He slew the lion,
really! Within the pit (Samuel)—in plain sight of the evil Other Side. Seeing this,
that Other Side was emboldened to send a dog to eat the offerings.”