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.

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