Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Secret of the Vav in Hashem's Name

Almost 20 years ago I had the privilege to study in a small group with the Morah D’Asrah of St. Louis, MO, HaRav Shalom Rivkin Shlita. May he recover from his illness. We were learning from a series of lectures (Sichot) given in the year 1906 (5666) by the Rebbe Rashab, the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe. These Sichot called the Samech Vav Sichot (named so for the year 5666, for Samech Vav is 66) are some of the greatest classics in Chassidic thought. At the time we were studying why our sages outlawed the blowing of the shofar on Rosh HaShana in years that it fell out on Shabbat. If hearing the shofar in other years was such an eternal life-saving necessity, how is it that in those unfortunate years where Rosh HaShana fell out Shabbat, we could dare not blow the shofar on the first day of Rosh HaShana. To hear the answer, you will have to study the Rebbe’s Sichot. Explaining the answer is a 100 page book in itself. One of the things that caught my ear while learning with Rabbi Rivkin was that these Sichot were given in that year, for the Rebbe Rashab said that based on the Zohar the year 5666 was the first year that Mashiach could come B’ito (in its time) whether we deserved it or not.[1] It is no accident in that same year the Rebbe Rashab instituted four cups of wine at the meal for Mashiach as part of the third meal for the afternoon of the last day of Pesach. Every other year in every other millennium prior to 2/3 of the way through the 6th millennium, if Mashiach came, it would be because we did something extraordinary to bring him. We are told by our sages, for example, that if Hizkiyahu the King of Yehudah had sung a great song of praise, a Shir, when Senchariv of Assyria came calling and his entire army was wiped out in a plague in one night, the First night of Pesach, Hizkiyahu would have been Mashiach. He failed to compose and sing his Shir, and even though Hizkiyahu was one of Yehudah’s greatest kings, about 230 years later his kingdom and the first Temple were in ruins. Each generation had its Achishena moment, an auspicious moment in that generation when under the correct spiritual conditions Mashiach would have come miraculously had we deserved it.

Century after century of intense persecution convinced G-d to lower the bar. Near the end all we had to do was get every Jew in the world to keep two Shabbatot in a row, and the Messianic era would commence. The Holocaust was the final straw. The b’ito date was set. Unless we did some sort of extraordinary teshuvah, Mashiach was coming in its time. And the date that many mekubalim in this generation thought was the Keitz (the first potential b’ito moment) was 100 years after the two thirds mark of the sixth millennium, 100 years of waiting for the birth of a new era. Just as Avraham Avinu (our Patriarch) needed to wait 100 years for the birth of his miracle baby, Yitzkhak, we would need to wait 100 years to witness our miraculous rebirth as the nation of priests that G-d meant us to be. The keitz, according to the mekubalim with whom I have spoken, is 5766.[2] Even though 5766 does not begin until this Fall, being faithful to the opinion that the Creation was in Nissan, 5766 began last month, and if this is the year of the beginning of the final redemption, that year began last month. This, by the way, has been confirmed by Rav Benaiyayu Shmueli of the Yeshivah of Mekubalim near Machane Yehudah.

It should be noted here that in the year prior to the Exodus the ten plagues began either in Av or Elul depending on one opinion or another which holds that the ten plagues took place over a period of eight months. Each plague took a month, but hail, locusts, and darkness all took place during the month of Adar according to the Ramban. Therefore according to the Ramban if the other plagues occurred one per month prior to Adar, the first plague occurred in Elul. Yet since redemption is declared in the heavenly court during Nissan, the fact that Israel would be redeemed the following Nissan (2448) was already decided in Nissan (2447) when our good buddy the Archangel Michael brought a brick up to heaven under which a Jew had been buried while his mother was enslaved in the process of building a city. Again notice Michael’s role in the process. In addition to all this, the word marror (bitter herb) has the gematraih (numerical value) 446 indicating that the last year of bitter bondage was really 2446 even though the redemption did not begin until the end of the summer in 2447. Our Pesach just passed should be compared to the one of the year 2447 by the explanation that follows:

All of this is based on the Holy Zohar on the Torah portion of Vayera from the book of Genesis. It is no accident that the Torah portion of Vayera starts off with the 99th year of Avraham’s life. It is Pesach. Three days prior he changed his destiny. He gave himself a Brit Milah, a circumcision. He is sitting in front of his tent during the heat of the day, preparing himself to welcome guests at a time when most men of lesser stature would be in bed recuperating from their surgery. Suddenly three angels show up in human form. The archangels Michael, Gavriel, and Raphael come to Avraham’s tent for an extraordinary visit. Raphael has come to heal Avraham’s wound. Gavriel is on his way to destroy the five cities of the Plain of Siddim. Raphael, additionally, will accompany Gavriel to rescue Lot from certain death in Sodom. Our advocate Michael has shown up for one purpose only: to inform Avraham of the miraculous birth of a son from his 90 year old wife at the same time next year. Gen. 18:10 שוב אשוב אליך כעת חיה והנה בן לשרה אשתך. “I will surely return to you at this time next year, there will be life. And behold your wife Sarah will have a son!” Sarah laughs at this unbelievable miracle that G-d is about to perform. She is chastised for her lack of faith, but how many of us are laughing at the prospect that Israel will be resuscitated to its youthful state of a nation intimately bound to its Creator by Pesach next year? This is precisely the point, for you see this was the Pesach of Besorot Tovot (Good Information or Tidings). We may or may not have had a visitation from Michael the Archangel, but this 99th Pesach after the year 5666 will go down in history as the year when four great Sephardic Rabbis came out and told us that the final redemption will be with us in full swing by this time next year.

It is worth noting that the name Bush appears twice backwards in “Shov Ashuv” or “I will surely return.” This, of course is a hidden reference to the fact that the son Bush will try to complete the work of his father, to make the entire world safe for Western prosperity. Yet, it is the second Bush, not the first who will send a coalition army to the northern mountains of Eretz Yisrael and into the heart of the city of Botzrah. This, by the way, is the reason that Yechezkel repeats himself in chapters 38 and 39. The second Gog fulfills the prophesy that the first Gog only partially fulfills.

(Because I am stressed for time until the completion of my final projects for my teaching certification, I have attached the answers to two letters on the above subject. I will add to this essay from time to time over the next month until my projects are done. After Shavuot I will be able to dedicate more time to dispensing information on this blog. I can tell you this, though, right now. This is not a summer for barbequing in the back yard when Jews are about to be ripped out of their homes and newly updated Qassam missiles are about to fly. This is not the summer to take that long awaited road trip to the Grand Canyon or to Niagra Falls. If you have the time and the vacation money, this is the summer to be here, when the greatest redemption in human history very possibly will commence.)

The first letter deals with the idea that 5766 is a keitz where Mashiach could come and, according to the four Sephardic Rabbis, is coming b’ito. The b’ito moment is a result of the divine power of the letter vav is G-d’s name. Vav has the value of six, and vav repeating is 666666…. According to the Zohar on page 119a of Vayera: The redemption of Israel will come about through the mystic force of the letter vav (in Hashem’s name), namely in the 6th millennium, and more precisely, after 6 seconds and half the time that remains. This is the Zohar’s way of saying the 666th year of the 6th millennium, 6 ½ months into the year. This of course is the first day of Pesach which is 6 ½ months after Rosh Hashana. 6 ½ days later is the seventh day of Pesach. This of course leads to the notion that Mashiach can potentially come b’ito starting on the afternoon of the seventh day of Pesach in the year 5666. From this the Rebbe Rashab introduced four cups of wine in the third meal of the last day of Pesach, starting in the year 5666. Another possible interpretation of this verse is that he could come b’ito in the year 5666, 2/3 of the way through the year, but the Rebbe Rashab’s interpretation stands as it is. Taking into account a repeat of the miracle in Parshat Vayera, we arrive at the keitz as calculated by the mekubalim of our generation as being Pesach 5766. At this point I will let my response to one of the letters that I have received take over, for it discusses what I believe to be the calculation for this keitz:

You have opened up a mouthful with this Zohar from VaYera. According to Kabbalah if the world was created with Chesed (lovingkindness), then Briat Haolam (Creation of the Universe) was on the 25th of Adar not on the 25th of Elul. Because Adam chose to eat of the fruit from the Eitz Hadaas (Knowledge of Good and Evil), he was judged on Rosh Hashana. Had he not eaten of this fruit, the moon would have remained full and it would have been Pesach because the world would have been in a state of "eternal Spring". The 7th day of Pesach would have been the day when he would have been brought to a new level of spiritual existence since he would have been created on Day 6 of Pesach. The important point is that we would be entering the year 5766 on Rosh Chodesh Nissan if Adam had not sinned. When the 60th year shall have passed over the threshold of the 6th millennium, the God of heaven will visit the daughter of Yakov with a preliminary remembrance. (This is the year 5060, 5160, 5260, 5360, 5460, 5560, 5660, 5760, 5860, or 5960.) The previous verse to this one tells us only after 2/3 of the way through the 6th millenium does Israel's redemption b'ito become possible. Since this is the year 5666, all other possible years prior to 5760 are not possible b'ito. The first year that this can possibly occur is 5760. Read above, In the year 5760 or at the end of the year 5760, the G-d of heaven will visit the daughter of Yakov with a preliminary remembrance. (This was the year of the Al Aksa intafada. It broke out at the end of the year 5760 when A. Sharon read from Sefer Yechezkel (Book of Ezekiel) on top of the Temple Mt. about the Third Temple.) In this year the world became a Mikva, for there are 5760 egg volumes of water in a 40 seah mikvah. Everything in the world was brought up one level of kedushah. In reference to my previous essay “Hold on to Your Seat”, it is no accident that the year 5760 was the year of Yom Kippur in the Yovel (Jubilee) cycle, for if the seven different cycles of trying to hound us through history corresponded to the seven Sabbatical cycles, the Year of Yom Kippur in the Jubilee cycle would have brought us in time to the Holy of Holies. This is easily derivable. We know that all shmittah (sabbatical) years, the seventh years in each cycle, are holy. The land lies fallow and ownerless, and at the end of every shmittah year all loans between Israelites are forgiven. Usually immediately following a shmittah year, the nation begins the cycle of counting the next seven years over again. The first year of the next cycle is an ordinary year where ownership of the fruits of the land is re-established with gifts set aside for the kohanim and tithing for the Leviim along with a second tithe which must be redeemed so that the proceeds can be spent in Yerushalayim on foods to be eaten there. At the end of seven such shmittah cycles the very next year begins as a repeat of the previous year where the land lies fallow and trees are not pruned and fruit on someone’s property can be picked by anyone. This, of course occurs as a result of a ruling by the Sanhedrin that that year, the 50th year, is a Jubilee. On Yom Kippur of that year the spiritual character of that year is differentiated from an ordinary Sabbatical year. A series of shofar blasts announces the freeing of all Hebrew slaves and the return of property to its original owner. Literally, liberty is decreed throughout the Land of Israel and to all the inhabitants thereof. Another holy year enters into the realm of the holy of holies. Since 5760 was the year of Yom Kippur of the Jubilee cycle, the holiness of the entire world was ratcheted up one notch.[3]

Using this logic, the area where the Heichal (the Temple’s main building which housed the Menorah, the Showbread table, and the Golden Altar) existed now exists the spiritual state of the Holy of Holies. If you want to ask what happens to the Holy of Holies, I was told it will have the essence of heaven itself contained within it when the divine presence descends, however this is to be understood.[4] The Ezrat Kohanim (Courtyard for the Kohanim) now has the status of the Heichal. Ezrat Yisrael (Courtyard for Israelite men) now has the status of the Ezrat Kohanim. Ezrat HaNashim (Courtyard for the women) has the kedusha status of Ezrat Yisrael. The Chil which is the retaining area around the first two Temples where the ashes of the red heifer were required for purification before entering will have the status of the Ezrat HaNashim. The entire Temple Mount will have the status of the Chil. This is the reason why the vision by Yechezkel of the Third Temple is a square and not a rectangle for the shape of the outer courtyard. The Temple will cover the entire Temple Mount, not just the middle east-west rectangle that the first two temples covered. This is also why Ariel Sharon has gone nuts ever since.[5] He ascended to a place where he should not have been in a state of tumah. His kenaius (zealotry) was considered tameh. At this time in history, one should be a qualified kanai to ascend and liberate the Temple Mt. in a proper state of purity. Our Arab half-brothers were given a sense of this spreading out of sanctity, for it was at the end of that year that they declared the Al Aksa Intafada. The Al Aksa mosque is on the Temple Mount but not on a portion of the Mount that would have been in the way of the Temple courtyards during the first two Temple periods. But in the year 5760 the Creator started preparing the world for the Third Temple, and the Al Aksa mosque is in the way. Continuing from above, Yerushalayim now has the status of the Temple Mt. Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) has the kedusha status of Yerushalayim, and the Kadur HaAretz (the ball of the earth) has the status of Eretz Yisrael. This is why the world is now ripe for judgment. 9/11 occurred within the year.

Following this above verse in the Zohar, it says: Another 6 1/2 years will then elapse, and there will be a full remembrance of her. This takes us to Pesach next year, 6 1/2 years after the onset of the Al Aksa intafada. Pesach next year is in the year 5766 exactly 100 years after Mashiach can start to come b'ito. Why does G-d wait 100 years, because the Final Redemption must re-enact and repair the blemishes that occurred in the 100th year of Avraham Avinu's life, from the news of Yitzchak's birth when he was 99 until Yitzchak was born when he was 100. For those who have read my blog, “Hold on to Your Seat”, you probably know that the year 5765 corresponds with the First Day of Sukkot while the year 5766 corresponds with the second day of Sukkot. There is a holy custom called ushpizin where we invite into our sukkah each night the Shepherd of Israel that corresponds with of the spiritual dimensions called sefirot which are purified in the collective nefesh (soul) of Israel on that night. On the first night Avraham is invited in for he represents Chesed (lovingkindness) which is fully exposed in all of its purity on the first day of Sukkot. On the second night we invite Yitzkhak into our sukkah, for he represents Din or Gevurah (law or might). On the second day it is that attribute of Israel which is exposed in all its purity. Of course, these attributes have been purified during Israel’s long exile, and we live in pain without the reward of this purification until we reach Sukkot where we can dwell in security in G-d’s shadow under his infinite chesed and infinite din. Therefore, is it only an accident that this Pesach corresponds with the good tidings given to Avraham by Hashem’s emissaries, and next Pesach with Yitzkhak’s birth?

By the way, some mekubalim say that the entire Parsha of Vayera needs rectification! Notice the Parsha in which this Zohar is located! Also notice that this Pesach is 99 years after the year 5666 when Mashiach can start to come B'ito, not just achishena. The Zohar continues: Then another six years, making together 72 1/2 years. (This is because once Mashiach comes, there will be 6 more years of completing the work of creation until the Third Temple is rebuilt. If he comes this coming year in 5766, then he finishes building the Temple in the year 5772. Well the next verses in the Zohar comfims our suspicions about when Mashiach comes. In the year 66 (5766) Mashiach will appear in the land of the Galil (near Tzfat according to other sources). This verse also indicates that he can come any time during the year from Pesach 5765, which is 5766 if Rosh Chodesh Nissan were Rosh Hashana, until Pesach 5766 or maybe even until Rosh Hashana 5767. The Zohar is unclear about whether he becomes the anointed king in that year. It could be that it is Mashiach ben Yosef who becomes king this year while Mashiach ben David makes his appearance in the Galilee. A star in the east will swallow 7 stars in the north, (war between Persia and Edom or between North Korea and Edom? Edom prides itself as being a malchut (kingdom) of 7 industrial powers.) and a flame of black fire will hang in the Heaven for sixty days, and there shall be wars toward the north in which 2 kings shall perish. Which 2 out of 7 princes of Edom will perish is only a guess. For this we will need to wait until this battle happens. Then all the nations shall combine together against the daughter of Yakov in order to drive her from the world. I have a hunch that this is the battle described in Zechariah 12-14. I believe, according to the Gaon of Vilna, this year will be a Sabbatical year. In our present seven year Sukkot cycle that Sabbatical year is 5768. I am not sure when the battle in Yechezkel 38 and 39 takes place, potentially in the same year. It is of that time that it is written: "And it is a time of Trouble for Yakov, but out of it he shall be saved." (Jer. 30:7) At that time all the souls in the Guph will have been used up, and will need to be recreated. This may be a reference to souls looking for a rebirth. Perhaps this is the beginning of the Resurrection of the Dead. As a mnemonic of this we may use the verse: All the souls of the house of Yakov that came into Mitzraim... all the souls were 66. (Gen 46:26) This of course corresponds with the year 5766. The very next verse is: In the year 73 all the kings in the world will assemble in the great city of Rome, and the Holy One will shower on them fire and hail and meteoric stones until they are all destroyed, with the exception of those who will not yet have arrived there. The Zohar then continues with the unification of the final hey with the vav in Hashem’s name.

As far as the rectification of problems that arise in Parshat Vayera, I will write you about that, too, when I find time. 4 quick problems to dwell on:

1. Sarah laughs at the thought that she could bear a child at age 89 and give birth at age 90.

2. Lot flees to Tzoar, has incest with his daughters, the mothers of Moab and Ammon. Mashiach comes from this ignominious union. Tzoar remains undestroyed and source of contention even in our time. It was the last place that Moshe Rabeinu saw at the end of his life, for it was from Tzoar that Mashiach arises. See video with Chacham Avraham Chai from “Hold on to Your Seat” where he continuously refers to the "tza'ar" of Israel from which we will be redeemed.

3. Yishmael does teshuva for Avodah Zarah (idolatry) yet remains violently murderous. Still he is blessed to rule over Yerushalayim in Olam Hazeh (this age).

4. Avraham sells Avimelech Gaza for three generations of peace and quiet.

Of the four previous problems needing rectification, three of them came about because of events in the 100th year of Avraham’s life. These three will need a rectification this year.
  1. It is time to stop laughing at all of the besoros tovot. Perhaps there is something to it.
  2. Mashiach should arise out of Tzoar, a word that can be best described as the final birthing contraction.
  3. In reality Avraham sold Gaza a few years after Yitzchak’s birth. Yet, the root of the sale is the friendship that developed between Avimelech and Avraham when Avraham was in the Gerar/Gaza area in the summer of his 100th year. The story goes that Avraham went down there telling those who asked that Sarah was his sister. Avimelech, thinking that Sarah was unmarried immediately falls in love with her youthful beauty and takes her into his harem to prepare to wed her. Unlike Paroh in Egypt who was an uncultured fellow with regards to his desire for women, Avimelech was a man of some merit. Therefore, Hashem warns him in a dream to keep his hands off her lest he die. Avimelech is a bit upset with Avraham for lying to him by not telling him about her true status as his wife. When he asks Avraham to explain himself, our holy Patriarch says “There is no fear of G-d in this place, and (I thought to myself that) they will slay me because of my wife.” In the meantime, all of the “orifices” in the household of Avimelech had been miraculously stopped up. Noone could give birth or even go to the bathroom. Avimelech at this point gives Avraham flocks and cattle and servants and returns Sarah to Avraham untouched. He then gives Sarah 1000 pieces of silver so that people would not say that he had molested her and returned her to Avraham already abused. Avraham then prays for the household of Avimelech to be healed from their stopped up orifices, and they are healed.

    It is a curious thing, but this entire incident took place in the course of one day approximately nine months before Yitzkhak is born on Pesach the following year. The timing is so coincidental that until Yitzkhak started to grow and his appearance was identical to Avraham’s, rumors still persisted that he was Avimelech’s son. The ninth month prior to Pesach the following year was between the 15th of Tamuz and the 15th of Av. It kind of makes you wonder what Sharon and company have waiting for them when they try to remove Jews from their homes around that time. Of course, he could delay the evacuation again, but if he does not…We shall see. If Rav Mordechai Eliyahu and Rav Ovadia Yosef are correct, expect something wonderful.

    Of course, the Targum Yonatan on the last places that Moshe Rabbeinu sees before he dies in Deuteronomy has a different take on the situation. After Moshe sees the Yam Acharon (the last sea) which Rashi says to read Yom Acharon (the End of Days), Moshe focuses on the following. “(Hashem showed him) the Negev and the Kikar (plain) of the Valley of Yericho, the city of date palms as far as Tzoar.” Rashi interprets the Negev to be Chevron, for Moshe was looking toward the Negev, and the first stop coming up from the Negev is Chevron. This is a reference that in the final generation, Israel will do repentance for the Sin of the Spies. The Kikar is the place where Rashi explained is where King Solomon forged the implements for the First Temple. The Jericho Plain is also the first place given to the Palestinian Authority unilaterally about two months ago on the Jahrzeit (anniversary of death) of Moshe Rabeinu. Tzoar, I have already explained. What is left is a curiosity which I used to think described Yericho until someone else[6] made me aware of a Targum Yonatan on “the city of date palms”. Apparently, this city is a different place altogether. The Targum says as follows: “The king of the South (Ishmael) will link up with the king of the North (Gog of Edom) to terrorize the residents of the land. The Ammonites and the Moabites (the so-called Palestinians), the residents of the “Maishraw” that are causing distress to the masses to Yisrael and the exiles of the students of Eliyahu that are exiled from the Yericho Valley and the exiles of the students of Elisha that are exiled from “Kirvat Dekalya”[7] by 200,000 men of their own brothers, the bnai’ Yisrael. And after the anguish of all the generations and the suffering and after Armolgos the wicked (Peres has the same gematriah) and a succession of battles with Gog at a time of tremendous “Tza’ar”, Michael the archangel will arise with bared arm to dissemble (the opposition). Let us hope and pray that the Likud referendum last Iyar has nullified the harshness of this decree. According to Rav Eliyahu, seemingly it has.

The only item in the list of four whose rectification will come after this year according to Vayera is the expulsion of Ishmael for his ruthless violent behavior. Mashiach ben David will need to handle that one once he is firmly in control. Let us all pray that he establishes his Kingdom of G-d sooner as opposed to later.

The second letter response is about a question about the four states of matter as they correspond to the four species of the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) and the four letters of Hashem’s name. I then discuss the recently concluded Pesach Seder and how the final redemption begins with the Vav in Hashem’s name being attached to the Yud and the Hey that were the source of the redemption from Egypt. Of course the four cups of wine correspond to the four letters of His Name:

The correspondence of the physical states of matter (earth, air, fire, and water) or (solids, gases, plasma, and liquids) to the 4 species that are taken on the Feast of Tabernacles comes from a variety of written torahs and medrashim (talmudic stories and metaphors with deep meaning). The correspondence of the etrog (citron) with earth comes from the medrash that only with regards to the etrog could the earth fulfill G-d's command to bear fruit trees where the bark tasted like its fruit. Therefore the etrog (citron) represents the potential rectification of the dust of the earth's failure to fulfill G-d's command on the third day of creation. The lulav (date palm) is compared to the 70 zekanim (elders) when Israel encamped in Elim on the way to Har Sinai. The fact that through the time of the Tannaim (about 330 bce.- 190 ce.) a Talmud Chacham (Torah scholar) such as the Targum Yonatan (Yonatan ben Uziel) could burn birds that were flying over his heads while he was learning, is a proof that the lulav corresponds with fire. The correspondence of the aravos (willow branches) with mayim (water) is mentioned specifically in the pasukim (verses) of the 4 species in Leviticus. Finally, the correspondence of the Hadasim (myrtle branches) with air is obvious, for it is known for its sweet smell although it has no fruit. Like air it can smell good but you cannot eat it.

As far as the correspondence of the four species with the four letters in G-d's name, my source is the Vilna Gaon who said that the Yud and the first Hey correspond with Bereishit (Genesis) and Shmot (Exodus) while the Vav and the 2nd Hey in His name corresponds with BaMidbar (Numbers) and D'varim (Deuteronomy) respectively. In the old Aish HaTorah Arachim sefer published by Aish Hatorah through the auspices of the Rothman Foundation, there is a detailed discussion of the deep structures of the torah on how these four books correspond with each of the four species respectively (pp. 100-102 in this sefer). It is an amazing and convincing proof that the Aravah (willow branch) corresponds with Bereishit (Genesis) and the Yud in His name. The lulav corresponds with Shemot and the first Hey in Hashem's name. The Hadas corresponds with Bamidbar and the Vav in Hashem's name. And the Etrog corresponds with Devarim and the final Hey in His name.

Quickly one example. for the aravah, After the name Elokim is mentioned 13 times in Bereishit (Genesis), we count 10 ayins, for the yud is ten. Starting with the 11th ayin, the word aravah is spelled out with a 49 letter skip distance.

Secondly, in Shemot after any reference to Bnai Yisrael (Children of Yisrael) is mentioned 13 times, we count five lameds, for the hey is five. Starting with the next lamed the word lulav is spelled out again with a 49 letter skip distance.

The same thing goes for the hadas after the word Ohel is mentioned 13 times in BaMidbar, and for the etrog after the words Hashem Elokim, Hashem Elokaneu, or Elokim is mentioned 13 times in Devarim. It is amazing to see this for oneself.

The answer to why the 2nd and 4th letter in Hashem's name are both Heys is an answer to one of the most profound mysteries of creation and to one of the striking similarities of the final stages of the geulah (redemption) from Egypt and the geulah from our present exile. Both involve the splitting of something on a grand scale. The redemption from Egypt ends with the splitting of the Sea. The Redemption from our present exile will end with the splitting of the Mt. of Olives as described in Zechariah 14. Both involve a five times multiplier effect in the final stages of the redemptive process. The plagues in Egypt were the finger of G-d. The splitting of the Sea came as a result of His Hand (five anthropromorphic "fingers" on His Hand). As the Haggadah says if there were 10 plagues in Egypt, there were 50 plagues at the sea...According to one opinion there were 40 plagues in Egypt so that there were really 200 plagues at the Sea, etc.

The first redemption ends with the revelation in history of the Yud and the first Hey in His Name which is why the first half of the Pesach seder includes the first two cups of wine corresponding with this Yud and first Hey respectively in Hashem's name. The story of the Exodus is told over the smaller piece of matzah, for this redemption is less spectacular than the final one. The Yud and the first Hey add up to 15 corresponding with the 15 Shir HaMaalot (Songs of Ascent in the Book of Psalms) and the 15 steps in Dayenu.

The second half of the Seder speaks of the final redemption starting with the afikomen (tsafun). The third cup of wine follows, for as the Vav in Hashem's name becomes manifest in Creation, Mashiach ben Yosef appears on the scene in a Purimdik, hidden way. The Vav in Hashem's name always corresponds with the Purim mask He wears in the month of Adar as he "plays with the Leviathan". It is no accident that Adar is the 6th month of the year starting with Rosh Hashana for during Adar His presence is Hidden behind the veil of the six spatial dimensions of creation (N,S,E,W, up, and down). The Vav also corresponds with the 6th sefirah of yesod, the last of the hidden sefirot. Kabbalistically, according to the Arizal yesod is perfected in the world by Mashiach ben Yosef who anhililates Amalek on Purim so that we can celebrate his victory on Shushan Purim, the 15th of Adar. Notice today we celebrate Shushan Purim in those cities that were walled during the conquest of Yehoshua bin Nun from the tribe of Ephraim, Yosef's greater son. Also Yehoshua can reach his potential only after Moshe Rabbeinu adds a Yud to the beginning of Hoshea's name, making the first three letters in his name Yud then Hey then Vav. Finally the root of the word Shushan is Shesh (six) a reference to the Purim miracle's hidden face of G-d.

After the third cup of wine the redemptive process becomes revealed instead of hidden. Eliyahu hanavi announces to the World who Mashiach is. At this point we point to the cup of Eliyahu at the Seder, speak out the door for G-d to "pour out His wrath on the gentile nations who do not wish to truly know Him", and then we complete Hallel, singing about the revealed aspects of the final redemption ending with the fourth cup of wine which represents Mashiach ben David, the sefirah (the spiritual dimension) of perfected Malchut (kingship), and the greatest of the sweet judgments on Mankind, the Splitting of the Mt. of Olives, (this is the final hey in His name) which ushers in the age of G-d judging the world for how it behaves lishma (for its own sake) as opposed to how it behaves in order to make money. Since David is from Yehudah, we see in Yehudah's name a Yud, Hey, and then a Vav which represents the Aravah, Lulav, and the Hadas respectively. The Dalet then corresponds to the four species which are being brought together by combining the Lulav bundle with the Etrog which is of course the final Hey in His name and in YeHUdaH's name. This then fulfills the prophecy about Yehudah that through Yehudah, G-d's name will become complete. On that Day Hashem will be One and His Name will be One.

Finally in closing I again encourage all Jews who are taking vacations this summer anyway to come here instead to participate in the process of redemption. I am sure there will be much you can do within your own hishtadlut (efforts) to stop this most insane policy of unilateral suicide. As this dogface generation would say in the late 60s when they got started, “Be here or be square!
!אז ימלא שחוק פינו ולשננו רינה

Then our mouths will be filled with laughter and our tongues with glad song!

[1] Confirmed in discussions with Rav Pinchus Winston
[2] Also confirmed by P. Winston to be a bonafide potential keitz
[3] Pisikta Rabotai, Perek Aleph, also Yalkut Shimoni on Yeshayahu 66:23 remez 503
[4] From another discussion with Rav P. Winston
[5] To be discussed in a separate blog. I need a source about the nun mehapechet (inverted final nun) in Sharon’s name in order to write with authority about this. The nun represents the 50th level of purity or impurity. He has the potential to go both ways. His name means Minster of the 50th. The nun is also a species of fish found in the Kinnereth . There is a gemarrah in Baba Basrah 73b about a fish turning over and almost drowning the settlers who boarded it, thinking that the back of the fish was an island, and settled upon its back. All of a sudden the fish turns over almost drowning the settlers. If Moshiach were not nearby, the nation would surely perish. We will soon see if this fish is the nun in Ariel Sharon’s name. It is truly amazing that the man most credited with building up Judea, Samaria, and Gaza is quickly becoming synonymous with the bulldozer that will attempt to destroy what he has built.
[6] Thank you Dr. Yacov Tabak of Yerushalayim who heard this in turn from Shabtai Shilo of Yerushalayim about 12 years ago.
[7] Neve’ Dekalim is the largest city in Gush Katif in Gaza.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Yaakov Nathan said...

Yashar koach! Well done, Dov!

I would urge a review of the statement that the Rebbe Rashab considered 5666 a keitz "based on the Zohar." While undoubtedly the Zohar contains such secrets, a Rebbe is "Rosh Bnai Yisroel", the level of which is described here:

Chesed L'Avraham (R' Avraham Azulai)
Maayan 4/Nahar 26 -- Knowledge of Future Events by Holy Tzaddikim


The reason for this (knowing future events) is that the neshoma is suited to know everything that will be in existence....Like a physical person knows his entire body as one entity, similarly that which is spiritual knows the entirety of existence as one because there are no obstructions.

The neshoma, a spiritual entity, draws down from the source of supernal spirituality. It...knows all the details of existence -- ongoing events as well as sudden events -- in the same way the intellect knows what happens in the body of a person. Thus, that neshoma which cleaves to the spiritual intellect which influences everything [in existence], knows all the details of existence. All neshomas are suited to comprehend this, but due to the fact that they are enclothed in physicality, the physical becomes a mask which separates and darkens the eyes of the intellect so that it can only comprehend the body in which it dwells.

Tzaddikim, whose neshomas are not enclothed in materiality but rather they cleave to the supernal spirituality, they will always know all the details of existence because their souls draw down from the supernal source.... Thus the Rashbi and [his son] R' Elazer and taddikim like them were able to know the totality of existence from the "eyes" of their neshomas, because their neshomas would cleave to the supernal spirituality and the entire world is like their "body", and their souls would cleave with the intellect that governs everything and knows everything.

5/11/2005 8:39 AM  
Blogger yaak said...

Incredible stuff!

This may be a stretch, but the first year that Ethiopian Jewry started to immigrate to Israel in any substantial quantity (over 100) is 1980-1981. (see here). This would correspond to Avraham Avinu being 75 years old when he was told Lech Lecha.

On a different topic:

During Yahatz of the Seder, the Sephardic Kabbalistic custom is to divide the Matzah into a Dalet and a Vav - the 2 "parts" of the letter Heh - the Vav, being the bigger piece, is saved for the Afikomen. The explanation helps explain this custom better - since vav corresponds to Tzafun.

5/11/2005 9:13 AM  
Blogger DevoraChaya said...

Dov, a couple of things:

1) How do you figure that Sharon was on the Temple Mount AFTER this "mikveh effect"? When is it supposed to have occured exactly?

2) Assuming Yerushalayim now has the kedusha of the Temple Mount and the world has the kedusha of Eretz Yisrael;

a) how are Jews living in Yerushalayim supposed to handle the purity issues, and

b) are Jews in chu'l now supposed to take terumot and ma'aserot on their fruit and vegs, etc?

5/11/2005 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Devorah:

For

1) Writes Azulai: "Thus the length of days of this world shall be 5760 years. Then, shall the world be renewed. For as the mikveh purifies the unclean, at this time, the Holy One, Blessed Be He, will remove the unclean spirit from the world ...

Thus it would occur on Rosh Hashannah that year. Sharon ascended the mount after Rosh Hashanah.

2)Regarding both issues for #2: Even though kabbalisticly, it might seem to be the correct way we follow the halakah and not kabbalah when it comes to performing mitzvot. Until there is a halakhic mandate to perform such mitzvot outside the land (which I could only see occuring once the Sanhedrin and Moshiach are reinstated/appear, one has to follow the halacha on these matters and not perform the mitzvot now except in the land.

5/11/2005 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Eldad, Jerusalem said...

"The keitz, according to the mekubalim with whom I have spoken, is 5766"

From my understanding of Zohar, 5766 is only the begining of seven year cycle of redemption, after which Mashiach would come, here is a translation of the text from Zohar with Baal Sulam commentaries:

Article: 'Signs of Mashiach'

476. Said Rabbi Shimon: "I remember my covenant with Ya'acov". Ya'acov is written with letter Vav, which means light of Chochmah on a level called "Ya'acov", namely Tiferet of Partzuf Zeir Anpin of Olam Atzilut, representing central line, while fillinf of name of Ya'acov with letter Vav means connection with Yesod, and by with this Zivug light of Chochmah enters Partzuf. Besides, letter Vav means sixth millenium, indicating that Ya'acov, namely - children of Israel, shall be redeemed in sixth millenium.

477. Indication with letter Vav means time six and half minutes. During 60 years of blocking of the doors, in sixth millenium, where Vav i.e. Tiferet, there is middle bolt, blocking the boards from one end to another, from whence it is called bolt of the doors. When the sixtieth year shall have passed over the threshold of the sixth millennium, the God of heaven will visit the daughter of Ya'acov with a preliminary remembrance (Pkidah). Another six and a half years will then elapse, and there will be a full remembrance of her; then another six years, making together seventy-two years and a half.

Light is revealed in Partzuf gradually: first in minor condition (katnut), called Vav Ktzavot (six dimensions), which shines from below above, this is the light Nikeiva (feminine) and this revelation is called 'Pkidah'. After this light is revealed in grand condition (gadlut) of Partzuf, light of Zchira (masculine).

In the year sixty-six the Mashiach will appear in the land of Galilee. A star in the east will swallow seven stars in the north, and a flame of black fire will hang in the heaven for sixty days, and there shall be wars towards the north in which two kings shall perish. Then all the nations shall combine together against the daughter of Jacob in order to drive her from the world. It is of that time that it is written: "And it is a time of trouble unto Jacob, but out of it he shall be saved" (Jeremiah 30:7). At that time all the souls in body will have been used up, and will need to be re-created. As a mnemonic of this we may use the verse: "All the souls of the house of Jacob that came into Egypt... all the souls were threescore and six".

Before future final redemption - although they were redeemed earlier from Egypt and from Babylon, they were redeemed by the power of light of Ima, but Malchut herself didn't experience redemption, since only three lights shine to her: white, red, green, but her own light - black, doesn't shine in her at all. She must receive it from her husband, Zeir Anpin, which gives her tools and lights from Ima. But, complete redemption is possible only if Malchut builds her own Partzuf i.e. from her own tools and light, and won't need to receive from Z"A tools and lights of Ima, in order to fulfill what has been said: "And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun".

At the time of future redemption, light of the redemption, must gradually correct Malchut, according to order of the three lines and by this merit full Zivug, from here order of the times:

* 1st tikkun - from 60 to 66,5 years - correction of the right line, for this is sufficient light of P'qidah.

* 2nd tikkun - from 66 to 73 years - with light of Zchira, correction of left line of Malchut, and as a result of this Mashiach ben Yosef is revealed in the land of Galilee. At this time, all lights come from the force of judgements (dinim), which are always present in left radiance.

* 3rd tikkun - from 73 to 100 years - correction of the middle line in Malchut, as a result of which Mashiach ben David is revealed.

* 4th tikkun - from 100 years until the end of 6000 years - tikkun of the Malchut itself, receiving from all three lines. And that's where Zivug of Vav in Hei begins, - Zeir Anpin in Malchut, and all ancient souls, which came about from the begining of creation until the end on 6000 years, receive new perfect condition.

* 5th tikkum - 7000 years, seventh millenium - when Malchut is completely corrected, and there will be the one day for God to merge together with her in unified perfect Zivug, as a result of which new souls are born, that didn't appear from the begining of creation until the end of seventh millenium.

5/11/2005 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Eldad, Jerusalem said...

More related translations from Zohar:

Parashat Ha'Shavua Vayera

439. Said Rabbi Yehudah: "Time to act in the name of HaShem, because they violate Your Torah" (Et la'asot le'hashem, heferu torateicha). What is the meaning "Time to act"? Time (et) - this is Knesset Israel, Malchut is called so, because time is designated for everything,, in order to come closer and become united with Zeir Anpin, and this is called "Et Ratzon" (Time of desire).

441. That's why is said: "I, HaShem, in its time, will hasten it" - with suffering or with lovekindness, (Ani HaShem, b'eito, achishena). In its time - meaning 'at the time of Malchut', her correction and elevation from the dust, by delivering her from Galuth, but not with her own powers. Knesset Israel is in exile not more than for one day of HaShem, namely 1000 years. This is fifth millenium, because fourth millenium was not complete, it was missing 172 years, since Temple was destroyed in 3828. Therefore, we do not take into account fourth millenium.

444. And when sixth millenium arrives, letter Vav of name Havayah, Yesod Zeir Anpin, Vav will elevate Hei, Malchut, and Vav will go up to Yud, Chochmah, and then will come down to Hei and fill her.

Redemption occurs by influence of Light of Chochmah, with which Hei shall fill Malchut forever. Zeir Anpin is called Vav of the name Havayah, after Vav equals 6 (Zeir Anpin comprises of 6 sefirot: Hesed, G'vurah, Tifereth, Netzah, Hod, Yesod). Lights of Yechidah, Chayah, Neshamah, Ruach, Nefesh, accordingly fill Keter, Chochmah, Binah, Zeir Anpin, Malchut. Namely, Zeir Anpin is filled with light of Ruach. Her full number is 60, because each of her Sefirot equals to 10 (Sefirah on level: Chochmah=1000, Binah=100, Z"A-ao, Malchut=1). So, Z"A receives light from Chochmah (each Sefirah of which equals 1000) and fills with it Malchut, elevating it from the dust.

But, for this 6000 years are not needed, because Chochmah itself is divided into Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah, and when it reaches level of Neshamah de'Chochmah, i.e. 600 from sixth millenium, immidiately gates of Chochmah are opened above - GA"R (three upper Sefirot) de'Binah and sources of Chochmah below - ZA"T (seven lower Sefirot) de'Binah. And with this light Zeir Anpin shall fill Malchut, thus correcting the world before entrance to seventh millenium, before complete perfection, called Shabath. That's why all sources of water were opened on 600th year of life of Noach.

5/11/2005 4:36 PM  
Blogger DevoraChaya said...

Andrew: Sharon went up on the 29th of Elul 5760. Did this "mikveh effect" begin with Rosh Hashana 5760 or Rosh Hashana 5761?

And about the other, so you are saying that practically speaking this does not at all change the way we do things, i.e. no t&m in chu"l, ok to wear leather in Yerushalayim? If this is so, then I don't see why it would affect aliya l'har habayit either.

5/11/2005 5:17 PM  
Blogger DevoraChaya said...

Correction: 28 Elul 5760

5/11/2005 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Dev:

The mikveh affect began the following day at Sundown (2 hebrew days)..when Rosh Hashnah started. Yet going up on the mount even before then still could have affected him..The Infitadah of course began afterwards. Year "1" of the 6 years was 5761...The statement the lengnth of the world is 5760 years (up to and including 5760.) The moment Adam was created was year 1 on the calendar.

5/11/2005 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Dev:

Re #2. Correct...we follow the halacha shulkan aruch until the Moshiach arrives. Obviously the matter of ascending har hayabait is debated, but one is to consult and follow their rav's instructions regarding this issue.

5/11/2005 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Zohar you quote states: ...all the nations shall combine together against the daughter of Jacob in order to drive her from the world. It is of that time that it is written: "And it is a time of trouble unto Jacob, but out of it he shall be saved" (Jeremiah 30:7).

Someone sent me the following observation:

On that very verse in Jeremiah, Rashi comments that it refers to the fall of Gog. And the gematria of "a time of trouble" (eis tzara) = 5765!

5/11/2005 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Yaakov N said...

bs"d

Consider:

The four letters of Hashem's name YKVK.

Y = chochma
K = bina
V = six sefiros (chesed through yesod aka z"a)
K = malchus

Yesod is the cumulative of all the precedes it, but in an unrevealed state. Its function is to transmit to Malchus. Yesod is associated with MBY.

Malchus is similarly cumulative, but in a revealed state. Malchus is MBD who is Melech HaMoshiach.

5/12/2005 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Rav W points out Yesod, unlike the other 5 sefirot of Zehr Anpin, Yesod can be broken down into Yesod and Atarh B'Yesod (which is the crown of Nok (malchut)...The moment that flips from Yesod to Atarah, moshiach is revealed which is why he must appear sometime before 6000 as opposed to afterwards:

The Yesod divided into two kings, the Yesod and the
Atarah. The Atarah is relevant to Malchus since it is her crown, which is why it is called "Atarah" (which means "crown"). Therefore, the Yesod and the Atarah became two, but after the tikun the Yesod and the Atarah became one in order to join together Zehr Anpin and the Nukveh forever. This is the sod of Yemos HaMoshiach being at the end of the sixth millennium, the time when the Atarah governs and gives off light for Yemos HaMoshiach. Yesod itself governs the time of exile until Yemos HaMoshiach. Since the Atarah is rooted in an independent "king" and the Yesod divided into two, the sixth millennium, which corresponds to Yesod, divides into two. During the time which corresponds to the Yesod there will still be destruction and exile. However, the time that corresponds to the Atarah will be Yemos HaMoshiach. [The period of the Atarah is known to those who have have tasted the "Aitz HaChaim."]. (Hakdamos v’Sha’arim, p. 172)

5/13/2005 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Lazer Brody is told by the Melitzer Rebbe: Gog and Magog - The War is Over!

5/18/2005 1:17 AM  
Anonymous yoav dovid said...

Until mashiach ben yosef is brought by Hashem coach is in the other side-for mashiach ben yosef in essence means the end to coach of 70 umot-erev rav as in shem 70 of 72 letters roshei teivot mashiach ben yosef then comes the rightous mashiach ben david malchut dekedushah shechinah mamash name 65 of the name 72 65 =Adny shem besefirah malchut roshei teivot mashiach ben david.In the end the 3 paths of kedushah Satmar, chabad, and rav Kooke will merge in the mashiach ben yosef for each group that path is necessary. You can find sefardi in all 3 paths satmar, chabad , kooke.Mashiach ben yosefs 2 main enemies are esau 376 gematria shalom esaus world is negged shalom dekedushah reference maimar hageulah Ramchal and erev rav gematria 474 neged daat=474 dekedushah the attitude at all times"nothing matters".The shoresh of esaus world and the erev rav is avodah zorah- amalak reference tikkuni zohar. This is coach =28 28 letters pasuk aleph beTorah of mashiach ben yosef to fight amalak reference gaon kol hator and his rebbe the ramchal throughout his perushim on geulah, and ramban parsha beshalach .Regtretably we can see that secular zionism in its form now is not jewish and as the baal shem tov says one is either with Hashem or with avodah zara thats the sod of the eitz hadaat theres litle middle as gaon explains in kol hator- only Hashem can change that reality with blessings of Yaakov avinu and Moshe rabbeinu on the head of yosef and efraim, neged the blessing on esau by Yitzchak. Its very clear only the sod of Torah will strengthen Hashem as it were chassidus, zohar and kabbalah for those observant of mitzvot is crucial for mashiach ben yosef to come immediately as our holy sages have all told us from ramchal to gra to Yaakov abuchatzeira etc etc......The coach of the erev rav in the religious is to ignore sod or even chasfar shalom denigrate it either subtely or outwardly- this is mamash a sign of the mixed multitude to hate sod for its the only way out of Yosefs prison . yosef was 17 when he entered egypt sod shem daat crrect order roshei teivot et hashamaim vet haaretz = 17, 13 years in prison sod echad =13. 30 when he ruled sod dovid 30 when he began malchut, as well, as in 3 were called youth dovid , yosef , metatron.The sod of mashiach ben yosef is daat as in daat Hashem the milui of this name is 1630 163 times 10 163 shem ehavah shem daat in highest milui when vav is expand4ed with yud not aleph.This number 163 is also the roshei and sofei teivot of avraham, yitzchak, yaakjov- and is connected to nevuah- he made my legs like hinds gaon kol hator nevuah rests in the legs particularly hips reference keddushahs levi on sod korban pesach with its head between its knees. Netzach 148 plus hod 15 = 163 again Daatas in daat Hashem. Reference the 50 th gate of mashiach ben yosef in tikkun 40 of tikkunim chadashim of the ramchal.The 50th gate is the sod of the large nun in the thirteen attributes of divine mercy in the large nun of Notzer as in Notzer chesed.As for speaking against gedolim the only rebbes I know in this generation who w2ere clen from lashon hara on other gedolim were the rebbe of chabad and sidna the baba sali zichron lebracha.Maybe if there wasnt such hatred in the religious camp with each other mashiach would come immediately- it just feeds the other side, sitra achra, samAEL, NACHASH ETC AND OUR ENEMIES BELOW. tHE REBBE MADE IT CLEAR all OF ERETZ YISRAEL =832 32 LEV TIMES 26 HAVAYAH BELONGS TO HASHEM AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE - THE MIXED MULTITUDE IN ITS LAST BASTION FOR EVIL IS TRYING TO DESTROY NOT THE JEWISH PEOPLE BUT OUR CONNECTION TO HASHEN HIMSELF.When theyve accomplished this they feel they have killed mashiach ben yosef through there guise of armilius their deity, almost parralel to when they built the egel zahav . Maybe our tikkun is not to watch them as we did at sinai but to fight them with all vour might, maybe Hashem yitbarach will appear to destroy them from the earth- as in the wicked will be ashes under your feet, and the moon will be turned to blood.As elijah the prophet told me on baruch goldstein till he did what he did there was a dcree on the jews in israel for the arabs were willing to die for the land but the jews werent- The tzaddik broke that decree.Regrettably we all say theres nothing to fear but Hashem himself but as my mother zicharon labracha says action speak louder then words. As rav Yitzchak kaduri says jews have to bring this government down that in essence is a tikkun for watching and doing nothing at the egel zahav as the gaon hints in kol hator.One final thing in our religious camp we have a hard time making use of flexing our muscles so unjewish read rambam mishnah torah, and orot rav kooke to contraray. Dovid was a warrior as will be the first mashiach alti legeulah lets help him and be proud jews , stand up and be warriors to. Through all the sufferings of past dors and through the wickidness of esau- amalak heaven windows are openimg its up us.

5/18/2005 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Intresting. Yoav Dovid, are you alluding to 5765 when you mention:

"70 of 72 letters roshei teivot mashiach ben yosef then comes the rightous mashiach ben david malchut dekedushah shechinah mamash name 65 of the name 72 65 =Adny"

As Dov Bar mentions, this is the year of Cosmic Sukkot...

ADNY = 65
YKVK = 26
65 + 26 = 91 = Sukkah (Samech Vav Kaf Hey (60 + 6 + 20 + 5) = 91

5/18/2005 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Josh said...

My problem with Lazar Brody's claim that the gogumagog war is over is that it seems that the consensus is that that 'war' will happen in our area (eretz yisrael) and not somewhere far away. I'm not saying who's wrong and right, just saying...

5/19/2005 11:26 AM  
Blogger DevoraChaya said...

Not to mention the prophesied end of those nations on the mountains of Eretz Yisrael by a phenomenal plague.

Yechezkel 38:

18. And it will come to pass on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, that My blazing indignation will flame in My nostrils.

19. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken; Surely there shall be a great noise on that day in the land of Israel.

20. And at My presence, the fishes of the sea and the birds of the heaven and the beasts of the field and all the creeping things that creep upon the earth and all the men who are upon the surface of the earth shall quake, and all the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall to the ground.

21. And I will call the sword against him upon all My mountains, says the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother.

22. And I will judge against him with pestilence and with blood, and rain bringing floods, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone will I rain down upon him and upon his hordes and upon the many peoples that are with him.

23. And I will reveal Myself in My greatness and in My holiness and will be recognized in the eyes of many nations, and they will know that I am the Lord.

Yechezkel 9:

4. Upon the mountains of Israel shall you fall, you and all your hordes, and the people that are with you; to the birds of prey, to all the winged creatures and the beasts of the field have I given you to be devoured.

11. And it shall come to pass on that day that I will give Gog a place there as a grave in Israel, the valley of them who pass along the east side of the sea, and it will then stop those who pass along. And there shall they bury Gog and all his hordes, and they shall call it the Valley of Hamon Gog [the masses of Gog].

12. And seven months shall the House of Israel be burying them in order to purify the land.

5/19/2005 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devorah Chaya you have to escape from your physical prison. There are many levels to Torah, and sweetening the dinim b'ruchniyus means that they are no longer harsh judgements by the time they descend to the world.

All wars can be fought in the hearts/minds/souls of Yidden without need for hisgashmus.

5/19/2005 7:15 PM  
Blogger DevoraChaya said...

Anonymous---that's not how Hashem has chosen to act with us over the centuries He has been dealing with us and there is no reason to assume He will change it all here at the last minute, especially when the Word indicates otherwise.

From the time of Avraham, through Moshe and Yehoshua and the Judges and David and Shlomo on into modern times...1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, etc, etc....this is the way it has been and this is the way it is prophesied to be; however, I feel no need to convince you. Bevakasha, believe whatever you like, but allow for others to have their own point of view, too.

Judging the times by looking at it in the context of a historical continuum is not an indication of being "physically imprisoned." (I'm assuming you mean as opposed to being spiritually aware.) It's a given that every physical war has it's spiritual element and counterpart. I'm recalling specifically Yehoshua's meeting the "captain of the L-rd's host" and the sound of Hashem's army in the skies above David's head as he went out to one battle described in Shmuel. Those are just two examples that come immediately to mind.

5/19/2005 9:44 PM  
Blogger DevoraChaya said...

I'd just like to add that the same prophet prophesied the return of the exiles and the blooming of the desert and I don't know anyone who would say that it is "physical prison" to relate those prophecies to real physical events which happened here on the physical land. I'm also recalling all the sources, the Gemara, Rashi, Rambam, Ramban and others who also treat these prophecies as real physical possibilities (probabilities?).

I get the idea what you are thinking of is a scenario of redemption in haste as opposed to redemption in it's time, but there are reliable sources which claim we are left now with no other option but redemption in it's time. (Already too late for "haste.")

Me, I lean toward a more literalist view because that's the historical pattern, but I prefer keeping all options open til we see how it actually comes down. As far as I can see that's the only choice any of us really has.

5/19/2005 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050519140509990001

Found this very interesting re the discussion on floods and Earthquakes-
Shabbat Shalom

Shoshanna

5/20/2005 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

INTERVIEW WITH RAV KADURI SHLITA:
"Shortly Moshiach will come"

http://www.inn.co.il/news.php?id=112312

"בזכות תורתנו הקדושה רה"מ לא יתן את המקומות האלה לערבים והארץ תשאר בשבילנו. עוד מעט יבוא המשיח ויבטל את כל הגזירות" כך אמר זקן המקובלים הרב יצחק כדורי בפגישה נדירה עם איש ערוץ 7, יהושוע מאירי.

הרב הכחיש מכל וכל את הפירסומים השונים שהיו כאילו הוא תומך בהתנתקות ושאל "מה הכוונה במילה הזאת?"

מאירי, שליווה את הרב כדורי במשך כ- 7 שנים בפעילות למען שלימות ארץ ישראל לא ניפגש עם הרב שנה תמימה בגלל מאבקי כוחות בחצר והדיר את רגליו מהמקום. הפגישה היום התקיימה בסודיות רבה ובתיווך של אדם קרוב מאוד לשניים. במהלך הפגישה שנמשכה כ - 25 דקות ניסו כמה ממקורבי הרב ובני משפחתו להכנס לחדר בו ישבו השניים אך הרב סימן להם בידיו לצאת מהמקום.

מאירי הציג בפני הרב את גזר העיתון שבו הובאו דברים בשמו לפיהם יש לסמוך על ראש הממשלה ולתמוך במהלכיו לפינוי הישובים ותגובתו הייתה ניזעמת. "אין לשום אדם רשות מעימי לדבר בשמי, לא מתלמידי ולא מבני ביתי. היו ימים שפקד אותי חולי אבל עכשיו, ירחם השם, אני בריא." - אמר הרב.
מאירי פירט בפני הרב במדוייק את התוכניות המדיניות של הממשלה כפי שהתפרסמו ברבים ושאל את הרב לגבי דעת תורה מפיו והרב השיב לו : " מעיקר הדין עזה זה לא ארץ ישראל ואם אין שם תלמודי תורה אז בשביל פיקוח נפש צריך ללכת משם."

מאירי: אבל הרב יש ישובים מסביב לעזה שיש בהם יהודים שגרים שם כבר כמעט 30 שנה.
הרב כדורי: "הנכד שלי למד בישיבה בגוש קטיף. איפה שיש ישיבות אסור לגעת כי בזכות תורתינו הקדושה המקומות האלה של היהודים. איפה ששומעים קול יעקוב זה ארץ ישראל ואסור לדבר סרה על המקומות האלה. מי שעוקר יהודים ממושבותיהם כאילו עוקר תורה מישראל והוא כמו היוונים והרומאים הרשעים."

מאירי: הרב אתה אמרת שצריך לסמוך על ראש הממשלה?

הרב כדורי: לב מלכים ושרים ביד השם והוא עושה רצונו. השם יסיר מראש הממשלה עיצות רעות. ראש הממשלה הוא כמה וכמה גיבור שלוש פעמים.

מאירי: אז ראש הממשלה הוא טוב?

הרב כדורי: עוד מעט יבוא המשיח, הוא יעזור לממשלה והשם ירחם עליהם ויעשה תפילתם ובקשתם בהצלחה ולא ישיב פניהם ריקם.

מאירי: הרב אבל יש ריב אחים גדול עכשיו ויש אנשים שאומרים שזה סכנה למלחמת אחים וגם ראש הממשלה בסכנה.

הרב כדורי: ישמח העם ויצהילו החולים. לא יקרה כדבר הזה.

מאירי: הרב מה יקרה עכשיו?

הרב כדורי: השם מרחם על עמו ישראל שיחזרו בתשובה ולא ישיב פניהם ריקם. ויבטל כל הגזירות בהיסח הדעת ובשלום. ויתן בליבו של ראש הממשלה לא לתת כל המקומות האלה לערבים. ויהיו כל המקומות בשביל היהודים. בזכות תורתנו הקדושה.

5/22/2005 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Yaakov Nathan said...

From an interview with Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, shlita, by Yehoshua Meiri of Arutz-7, published electronically 10 Iyar / May 19 '05

Meiri: The Rav said that we need to rely on the Prime Minister [Ariel Sharon]?

Harav Kaduri: "The heart of kings and ministers is in the hands of Hashem" and he [Sharon] is doing His will. Hashem will turn the Prime Minister away from bad counsel. The Prime Minister is a mighty warrior three times over.

Meiri: So the Prime Minister is good?

Harav Kaduri: Shortly the Moshiach will come, he will help the government, and Hashem will have mercy on them and make their prayers and requests successful and not turn them away empty-handed.

Meiri: But there is a big argument among Jews ["between brothers"] and there are people who say that there is danger of a civil war and that the Prime Minister is in danger.

Harav Kaduri: The people will rejoice, and the sick will be resuced. Such a thing [as civil war] will not occur.

Meiri: What will happen now?

Harav Kaduri: Hashem will have mercy on his people Israel that they will return to him and he will not turn them away empty-handed. He will nullify all the decrees instantly and peacefully. He will inspire the Prime Minister not to give all these places to the Arabs. And all the places will be for Jews. In the merit of our Holy Torah [which is learned there].

5/23/2005 4:55 AM  
Anonymous Yaakov N said...

Rav Mordechai Eliyahu is now stating prophecy: click here. It is not clear whether he is implying that he is the one who received the prophecy, but amazing things are transpiring. Dov, you have a shaychus to him, please keep us updated!

5/31/2005 4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HaShem Hu Haelokim ein od milvado. Licha HaShem Hagedulah Vhageverah Vhanetzach Vhahod ki kol bashamayim uvaretz. Why is it that these concepts which are in the Tanach not mentioned in any response. I read many things none of which talk about the love or fear of G-d blessed is His name. Why is that? The whole purpose of our existence are those things to love G-d,Blessed is his name and to grow close to Him. Instead I heard nothing of this, and saw many esoteric principles which most people think they understand but do not. I am not saying that some of you do not but my feeble understanding of the Sefirot leads me to believe that one's purpose in knowing it is to use it as a tool to see the awsomeness of the Creator,Blessed is His Name.Ultimately bringing love and fear of Him. Why are these discussions about what will happen when, instead disscuss insofar as acharit haymim is concerned the reflection of G-d's(blessed is His name)unity, how all will know that HaShem alone is G-d and that besides Him there is nothing else, that all mankind will know that He is Hashem. As Yishayaalav hashalom Zephania alav hashalom and Zechariah bar Iddo alav hashalom wrote. That all the earth will rejoicice in HaShem. Instead there are overcomplications and literalizations of things some of which are literal others not which as it seems to me do not indicate anything to do with the love or fear of HaShem. To sum it up "Uvikashtem misham et HaShem Elokecha umatzata ki tidrishenu bichol livavcha uvchol nafshecha" "Batzar licha u'mitzucha kol hadevarim haleh biacharit hayamim v'shavta ad HaShem Elokecha v'shamata Bikolo."(translated) From there you will seek HaShem your G-d,and you will find Him,if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things befall you,at the end of days, you will return unto HaShem your G-d and hearken to his Voice. (Devarim 4:29-30).May we all merit to see the coming of the King HaShem and His reign over all the earth and the coming of His annointed so that we may grow closer to HaShem Elokay Yisrael.

6/06/2005 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Shabtai said...

Power Of Six

The Rav referred to the 111th generation being the reincarnation of the desert generation.

While the word MAGOG (מגוג ) appears hundreds of times in the Torah at various skip intervals, the fact that it appears at the skip interval of -111 (the minus sign indicates reverse order) in the following verses (the final gimmel of Magog is the gimmel of "goel"), might be of significance:

Genesis 48:16

המלאך הגאל אתי מכל-רע, יברך את-הנערים, ויקרא בהם שמי, ושם אבתי אברהם ויצחק; וידגו לרב, בקרב הארץ

Genesis 48:17

וירא יוסף, כי-ישית אביו יד-ימינו על-ראש אפרים--וירע בעיניו; ויתמך יד-אביו, להסיר אתה מעל ראש-אפרים--על-ראש מנשה.

Genesis 48:18

ויאמר יוסף אל-אביו, לא-כן אבי: כי-זה הבכר, שים ימינך על-ראשו. יט וימאן אביו, ויאמר ידעתי בני ידעתי--גם-הוא יהיה-לעם, וגם-הוא יגדל; ואולם, אחיו הקטן יגדל ממנו, וזרעו, יהיה מלא-הגוים

Genesis 48:19


ויברכם ביום ההוא, לאמור, בך יברך ישראל לאמר, ישמך אלהים כאפרים וכמנשה; וישם את-אפרים, לפני מנשה.


The final gimmel (ג) of MAGOG מגוג) appears as follows in the first verse above after:

המלאך הגאל אתי מכל-רע ...


The verse prior to that:

Genesis 48:15


ויברך את-יוסף, ויאמר: האלהים אשר התהלכו אבתי לפניו, אברהם ויצחק--האלהים הרעה אתי, מעודי עד היום הזה

When we look at the string of letters prior to that gimmel, it appears as follows:

עד היום הזה המלאך ה

Without any rearranging, just changing the "kaf sofit" to "kaf" it can also be read:

עד היום הזה המלאבה

"Up until this day the work"

It seems to hint that the "work" ends with Magog.

Maybe this "melacha" is the work of this world – before we enter the Messianic era – when our "work" will be over. And of course we have the fundamental association of work with six days. So maybe this is also an indication that the "Work" and Magog end on the sixth day (millenium).

It is also interesting that the Torah uses the expression ישית rather than some more common word for put or place.

כי-ישית אביו יד-ימינו על-ראש אפרים

The word "ישית" has the connotation of six. That word is not commonly used in the Torah, but when it is – it is usually in the context of Yosef.

It seems from the verses above, that Yosef and Efraim were given Yaakov's blessing of the power of six. Maybe because it is they who will complete the job of finishing Magog in the 6th millennium in the 111th generation.

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