Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mystical Revalation of Moshiach ben Yosef on The 4th of Sivan


The Zohar Chadash on Balak, which describes the mystical event of the revelation of Moshiach ben Yosef (Moshiach ben Efraim), begins with the words Emunah, Omen (translated "Faith", "Coach", but in Hebrew they share the same root).  The zohar continues to say they are two which are on, "one if the Garden (Gan) and one is the river that flows out from Eden..."

The Baal Hasulam brings down a known concept in Kabbalah that Gan corresponds to Malchut and the river flowing from Eden is Yesod (though the river is often called Binah while Eden itself is chochmah, there are plenty of sources that explain how Yesod is the manifestation of binah, Yesod being called "Kol" and having the numerical value of 50 which corresponds to the 50 Gates of Binah, and this is not the place to elaborate).

The Zohar begins the discussion which eventually leads to the description of the miraculous revelation of Moshiach ben Yosef (which ends the exile and leads into the wars of the end of days) with a statement about Yesod of Malchut.  Explaining that Emunah Omen is that Malchut is filled with the waters of Yesod.  First, this now seems right to me, that the river in its source is Binah, but Yesod is the river as it reaches the Gan (the Garden) Malchut and "waters" it with the divine influx of Chochmah (Eden).

This, indeed, is the mission of Moshiach ben Yosef, as we know that Yosef is the Tzadik Yesod olam - Yesod, and Moshiach ben Yosef's mission according to my great grandfather the Gra is to bring Divine consciousness into the material world, Malchut.  This being the preparation of the wars of the end of days leading up to the miraculous revelation of Moshiach ben Dovid - Malchut as it is rooted in the Inner Keter.

Tonight, 4 sivan, is Yesod of Malchut, and this is the night the zohar describes as when Moshiach ben Yosef is revealed.

The process by which Moshaich is revealed is mystical and we cannot try to udnerstand it in its literal sense.  it is a spiritual process penetrating the material world through us.  By studying it, and the proper engagement in the Zohar, we can become conduits for this prcoess to manifest in our material realm.

for each of us, Yesod of Malchut, the River flowing into the Garden, means imbuing the physical world with the spiritual, moreover, with G-dliness.  The exile caused the "river to go dry" and hence the Garden filled with thorns and weeds, the fruit trees disappeared, and mundane reality seemed void of G-d, we felt like we were left alone.  The flowing of the River into the Garden again means the Trees can come to Life again.  We have to first cut away the thorns and weeds, by turning our back on modern culture and the need for acceptance, turning our face towards the River, The Tzadik (The Rebbe, Rebbe Nachman, The Baal shem Tov, any will do...)

We then become the gardeners, bestowing G-dly water (Chochmah) after weeding out the external forces.  Then G-dliness becomes manifest in the physical world openly, this is indeed the redemption.

This then elicits the forces of evil to charge with their final assault, but we cast them down.  We reveal to them that even they themselves are only alive through the G-dly lifeforce that decreed they should exist, without which they exist not.

What this means in practice is that our daily lives, our daily existence in the physical material world is filled with G-dliness.  In our work, our travels, our toils at home and outside, we are not just "getting by" but rather being conduits for G-dliness, making a dwelling place in the lowest realms.

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I will add a shot note that the word Omen and emuinah both come from the root used to denote a "craftsman" or "artist". These denote an art which is based on acquiring skill through practice "imun".  Faith is not just something you have or given, faith is an art, based on finely tuned skills which require a great deal of practice, and a coach.  

This is one of the deep truths of Kabbalah for the initiated,  To be able to turn from the worldly experience into the G-dly experience (faith) is a product of learning, internalizing, and practicing.  through this process, you need a coach.  In chassidus it's called a moshpia.  

Receiving Moshiach is something each and every one of us needs to do on its own.  As the Rebbe said many times, when one of us does this move, the entire world is redeemed (it's actually a Gemara and brought down in halacha by the Rambam in Hilchot Teshuva).  Part of the proces is us helping each other attain and grow in G-dly consciousness.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Zohar's Account of a Mystical Revelation of Moshiach 4 Sivan


There is a very mystical account told by Zohar Chadash in parshas Balak (see below) that seems to describe one of the critical moments in the redemption, a moment when "the cave of Moshe opens" and Moshiach, Moshe, and the Shechinah are united.

This mystical tale (and the definition of something mystical is that its meaning is hidden and cannot be directly understood) appears following the description of the long exile and the cry of the angels and the directions of earth to which the Jewish people were dispersed.  Crying to Hashem to end the exile.  Then the zohar starts to describe a process of redemption (I say "a" process and not "the" process since as we know in the beitah timeline of redemption there are many dates and way points, as is also evident in this Zohar as well).

Many bloggers have already quoted other parts of this discourse, the section talking about the redemption coming when Shemitah and Yovel meet (something that is was true in 1967 (I think) and is true again this year (I know, based on Dov's many essays on the topic).  Another now famous part of this Zohar is speaking about the synagogue on the South end being destroyed and 5 holy martyrs killed (Mumbay), and 32 days later a vengence (War on Gaza), etc.

However, the following part discusses a very "weird" situation.  It describes events on the night of the 4th day of the 3rd month.  This could be 4 Sivan or 4 Kislev, but based on the Zohar continuation talking about the blowing of the Shofar (Yovel) of Freedom (Cheirut) on the Day of Shavuot (the day when the Shofar sounded and we were freed from the angel of Death), it sounds like the zohar is speaking about the 4th of Sivan.  It actually talks about the hour 9:30 as well.  It has been my custom to read this Zohar section every year at this date and time, since it describes the miraculous revelation of Moshiach.

I will IY"H elaborate on this entire section, like I said it sounds like it is talking about the revaluation of Moshiach, although the Zohar says later that this Moshiach is Moshiach ben Yosef, from the seed of the son of Aviyah ben Yeravam, with all that means....

For now, I recommend to all who can to say this section of the Zohar as we know that when we recite Torah down in this world, the same Torah is being recited on High, and these mystical events happen in some plane or another.