Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Geulah: Simply Good Timing



Guest post by Rabbi David Katz

In the book Sor M'rah V'assah Tov [Turn from Evil and do Good] which is a commentary to the Hakdama [introduction] of the Arizal's Eitz Chayim, we find a geulah-dik answer to one of modern Judaism's biggest questions:  what makes the Arizal's kabbalah so special?    The answer which is given in most Torah circles is that the Arizal had the merit to bring down an entirely new revelation of kabbalah, but such claims are practically unprecedented in Jewish history.

Which begs the question even more - from what merit was the Arizal acting from?

The answer to this question is found in the book Sor M'reh V'asser Tov which had basis not only in the understanding of the Arizal but is consistent with the Vilna Gaon in Sifra D'Tzniusa - ''not WHO was the Arizal but rather WHEN was the Arizal''.

The Arizal came at an auspicious time when we view Jewish history according to 6000 years of creation.  From this paradigm we can view with a clear lens who the Ramban was in terms of the Arizal and who were the Besht and the Gra also, in terms of the Arizal.  Not only these mekubalim but from the Zohar onwards revelation of kabbalah is synonymous with the sixth and final day of creation.

The basis for this belief is uniform amongst the mekubalim, again from the Zohar onwards, in their grasp of the meaning of the prophecies laid down by Daniel in Sefer Daniel.  When we look at the Arizal specifically we see that the Ramban closed the 5th day of creation and the revelation of kabbalah turned from the kabbalah of tohu, and the Arizal then spawned a new kabbalah of the 6th day of creation in his relevation of tikkun corresponding to Atzilus.

From then on we find the unfolding of the sixth day right on target with the year 1739 as predicted by Daniel which is the revelation of the four great rivers of kabbalah: The Ramchal, the Baal Shem Tov, the Vilna Gaon and the Rashash.  This is hinted to in Daniel when it says ''time times and a half'' which is learned to be 2 x 2000s, 1 x 1000 and a 500, which is 5500 in total on the Jewish clock, which is 6am on the paradigm clock which is the year 1739.  This paradigm was predicted in the Zohar when it speaks of the wellsprings being opened from Shamayim into the Aretz and we see that the physical realm fulfilled this prediction as well with the advent of the industrial revolution.

Again Daniel prophecised this when he said ''until the completion of the fragmentation of the hand of the Jewish people''.  And as we in orthodox Judaism are currently are still living out the revelation of 1739, as Torah Judaism is today a reflection of the four great rivers in some shape or form.

Ultimately these predictions all go back to the Zohar.

If we are asking the question on the Arizal, we should really be asking from where did the Zohar draw its revelation and why did the Arizal insist on basing his kabbalah from the Zohar.

Now that we've come full circle back to the Arizal and we look at where he was located in Jewish time, we find that the days of creation are none other than a living map of Atzilus, and until the Arizal we had been living the pre-creation worlds all the way into the world of tohu while the Arizal was destined to be the revelation of the transition into the world of tikkun, ie partzufim.

This unfolding of the world of Atzilus, while being paralleled by mekubalim from the time of the Zohar, has continued all the way through our current status in the sixth day of creation.  Today we should not be surprised as we find ourselves standing just after mincha gedola in the much antitipated years of 72 and 73.

The Vilna Gaon in Sifra d'Tzniusa made it known that the redemption kabalistically would be in the years of 72 and 73 as the kabalistic expression of the world of Atzilus going through yet another transition - this time from Tikkun to that of Geula.

Upon this completion the Vilna Gaon revealed the messianic level of revelation was what he calls the Malchus of Yesod which is none other than 5772-73.

The Arizal also hinted at this time when he made it known at the end of his kabalistic works that there would be a time when the levels of mah [45] and ban [52] would equal 97 and would unite into a new madreiga which he termed Sag [63].  Sag is the feminine aspect which could be a hint to the great Shabbos, being that the Arizal brought down the world of tikkun which is the rectification of the breaking of the vessels which are alluded to as the eight kings of Edom, that all ruled and died.  But the last king did not die and he is identified by his wife Mehitavel.  What makes her interesting in the Arizal's kabbalah is that she is the anticipated level of 97 as her gematria is 97. Thus in closing the Arizal transitioned the world from tohu to tikkun he detailed the kabalistic path that would ultimately lead to the redemption.

It is our hope and desire that we extend the mission of the Arizal who was an aspect of MBY along with the reiteration of such by the Gr''a and Besht and others, that as we enter the final stage of the last 2000 years corresponding to Moshiach [both in the phsyical and spiritual realms] that we should be able to begin to identify the kabalistic reality that we are submerged in and recognise with clarity and bitachon that we are in fact entering the messianic era that is in perfect alignment and has been validated by the mekubalim and the Zohar until the present date.

May we merit revelation after revelation that will remove the slumber from our eyes and the veil of creation so that we may be able to partake in the messianic era with kavana and emunah that this is exactly where we stand today.

19 comments:

  1. It is noteworthy that the tikkun of the four universes, The Yud Key Vav Key as letters are spelled differently for each universe and correspond to a different time in the Jewish calendar year intimating the Final Redemption. When Yud is spelled Yud,Vav, Dalet, Hey is spelled Hey Yud, Vav is spelled Vav Yud Vav, and the final Hey is spelled Hey Yud, the gematriah of the ineffable Name is 72 by adding up all these letters. There are 72 days from the 25th of Adar until Shavuot. Originally in the perfected world of Gan Eden, the lunar cycle was exactly 30 days so that before the Cheit of Adam HaRishon, the universe was actually created on the 25th of Adar, and only after Adam brought death into the world did it become the 25th of Elul and was the lunar cycle shortened to 29.5 days approximately. So counting 6 days from the 25th of Adar plus 30 days each for Nisan and Iyar respectively plus another 6 days in Siwan do we arrive at Shavuot on the 6th of Siwan. This resulted in the "filling" of Atziluth. Then came the march to Tisha B'Av. Here the letter Vav in HaShem's Name is spelled Vav Aleph Vav, making the gematriah of all the letters in HaShem's Name 63 instead of 72. This is the SaG spoken of in the essay. Now in the more perfected world prior to the Sin of Adam, Tamuz has 30 days. So from the 7th of Siwan until the 30th of Siwan inclusive is 24 days plus 30 days for Tamuz plus nine days in Av, takes us until Tisha B'Av. Remember this is describing a more perfect world where the lunar cycle is exactly 30 days not 29.5 days. Now this is the Name of HaShem as it fills the universe of Beriah. Because of both the Sin of the Golden Calf and the Sin of the Spies, this Olam was partially corrupted. G-d willing we will see all the tikkunim necessary this year and next year in 5773 to repair this corrupted universe for precisely this time period between Shavuot and Tisha B'Av. continued (I hope this is presenting in layman's terms what Rav David Katz is saying.) continued

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  2. The Gematriah of 45 then shows up with regards to the filling of Yetzirah the 3rd universe. Here the Heys, both Heys are spelled Hey Aleph instead of Hey Yud, decreasing the gematriah of the letters in the ineffable Name by another 18 to 45. So in Yetzirah, the gematriah of the ineffable Name is 45. There are exactly 45 days from the tenth of Av inclusive through the 24th of Elul. Since according to some the third universe also corresponds to the Vav in HaShem's Name itself, there is a good chance that the Geulah process that has begun during this 60 day period (63 days in Gan Eden) will continue until the 24th of Elul correcting the corrupted Hey and attaching the Vav in the same year 5772. Then comes the final Hey. In the first three universes Mashiach ben Ephraim can be revealed and set into place by the end of 5772. Yet to attach the final Hey we need bothe YeHUdaH which includes the Dalet minim, the four species of Sukkot. So Yehudah in his name has the Yud Hey Vav then the Dalet then the Final Hey. It is not clear if this takes place in 5772-73 or if it takes place at the end of the Shmittah year 5775 into 5776. I have reason to believe the latter and not the former from Medrash Sefer Eliyahu. The final universe of Asiyah is filled with the ineffable Name of HaShem being spelled Yud= 20 Hey Hey= 10 Vav Vav= 12 and Hey Hey= 10. This is the 52 that Rav Katz spoke of. Yet, as said before it crosses into two adjoining years (5772-73 or 5775- 76). It begins on the 25th of Elul. This time we accept that Asiyah was already created in a corrupted state even in Gan Eden since the earth in Gan Eden did not produce the bark of trees that tasted like its fruit as it was commanded to do on the 3rd day of Creation. The exception is the etrog tree whose bark tastes like its fruit, and for this we could write an entire essay into of itself. So Afar was created imperfect and only by bringing the Yud (Aravot) Key (Lulav) and Hey (Hadas) with the Etrog (Afar Adamah), can we perfect the earth itself. This takes place in the 52 day period between the 25th of Elul and the 17th of Cheshvan when the Flood waters came upon the world. Again it is unlikely that this perfection is completed in 5772, and while ben Ephraim should be Melekh before the 24th of Elul 5772, ben David might now show up until the year after the Shmittah year 5776. Yet, if HaShem speeds up the process then ben David will be here in 5773. Keep in mind for this last 52 day cycle, we can assume the Elul has only 29 days since Asiyah itself was created imperfect where the bark of almost all trees does not taste like its fruit. So add five days in Elul including the 25th plus 30 days in Tishrei plus 17 days in Cheshvan to get 52 days. I hope that this simplifies a rather complex matter in Lurian Kabbalah.

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  3. Sorry for the slight error. The Aravot correspond to the Yud and appeal to HaShem's control of water or liquid matter. The Lulav corresponds to the first Hey and appeal to HaShem's control of fire (the plasma state of matter). The Hadassim correspond to the Vav and appeal to HaShem's control Air (the gaseous state of matter), and the etrog corresponds to the Final Hey and appeals to HaShem's control of the dust of the earth or solid matter. Now three of the four states of matter on earth correspond precisely to what they are in Heaven. Water or liquids in the physical world or a direct correspondence to what these things are in Heaven. Same goes for fire (plasma) and air (gaseous matter). The exception to this rule is Dust of the earth. In Heaven the solid state of matter is the spiritual manifestation of a perfect crystal or precious gem whose only energy is vibrational and whose molecular bonding is perfectly ordered. Yet, most of the world of solids do not exist is crystalline form. So the world of solids does not line up to its Heavenly blueprint. It becomes man's job by doing mitzvot such as bringing together the four species to bring the world into order with its Heavenly conception. This will not be completed until the time of the Resurrection of the Dead and not at the beginning of the Era of Mashiach. Yet, Mashiach ben David ben Yehudah does come as part of the process to complete the world of Creation by the correcting the original "making" of Olam Asiyah.

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  4. what about the alter rebbe? whom ever doesnt learn in depth/by heart tanya doesnt understand the purpose of kabalah

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    1. The Alter Rebbe was born in 1745 and this post is discussing 1739.

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    2. the only 4 mentioned are the baal shem tov , and the ramchal rashash vilna gaon. those are the main 4? who says that? the alter rebbe lived at the same time of the vilna gaon. who are we to classified only these 4 and exclude the alter rebbe and the magid of mezritch?

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    3. I believe that the Ba'al Shem Tov started to disseminate Chassidut to the world in the year 1740 (5500) to open up the upper gates of knowledge. To be fair the year 5500 began in the Fall of 1739. He specifically waited until that time because the Zohar says that at the beginning of the 6th Century of the 6th Millennium the floodgates of knowledge from both the upper and lower worlds would open at the same time. The knowledge from all the hard sciences (except notably from medicine and the life sciences) blossomed at that time (Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, even Agriculture etc.) So the floodgates did open around the year 1740 or the Fall of 1739 for both the hard sciences and Chassidut.

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    4. I think Shloimie that Rav David Katz is specifically speaking about those Rabbanim who were around in the year 5500 (1739- 1740) to qualify as the four spiritual heads that emanated at that time. No one is underestimating the contributions of Reb DovBear the Maggid of Mezritch and the Alter Rebbe. It is just they were not physically or spiritually around during that critical year of 5500, sunrise on Day 6 of the 6th millennium. The Vilna Gaon, the Ramchal, The Ba'al Shem Tov, and the Rav Shalom Sharabi (the Rashash) were in active Rabbinic duty in the year 5500 (1739- 1740) and were the heads of their students. So they were the heads of the Four Rivers that Rav Katz was referring to. All four were already well-known in 5500 even the young Vilna Gaon who was only 20 years old at that time! It is not that the Maggid of Mezritch and the Alter Rebbe were not important authorities and spiritual leaders. They just were not active in the year 5500. Well the Maggid was but as long as his Rebbe the Besh"t was still alive, the Maggid's light could not shine over the head of his Rebbe, the Besh"t. So by definition, the Maggid could not be one of the four heads at the same time that the Besh"t was active. Only when the Besh"t passed on in 1760 could the Maggid take over the leadership in Chassidut.

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    5. that sicha of the rebbe that you are talking about(likutei sichos 15 2nd sicha) is amazing: the rebbe explains in different ways how the modern technology prepares the world for moshiach

      On the other hand, chassidus prepares the world for moshiach too and we see clearly how this prophecy from the zohar is taking place : there is no community in the world without chassidus, and the last maamarim of the rebbe are the deepest and most elaborated ones ,and written in a very simple way

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    6. Thanks Dov, I was going to suggest that the Maggid of Mezeritch et al would all be included in the ''river'' of the Baal Shem Tov, but you explained much better than I could.

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    7. yes! i am sure that is rabbi katz kavana...
      anyways,that sicha is from 1966, way before the world even thought about internet. and now moshiachs revelation is going to take place instantly in the whole world at the same time (through the world wide web), exactly like the rebbe said

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    8. If that is true Shloime perhaps we need a new Asifa to do what we normally do as Jews. We cut off the evil, and we sanctify the rest. The rulings from the latest Asifa remind me of the Amish and their disdain for powerful technology. The Jewish way has never been to rule like the Amish. Yes, we trim off the evil with proper filters and precautions, but we sanctify the rest. The conclusions from this recent event in New York ignore the realities of all the good and pareve that exists on the Internet, to the point that the announcement of the Messianic Era will be known instantaneously by all.

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    9. why don't you ask R.Katz and not commenting on his blog, he has original, why guessing?

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    10. R. Katz is reading these comments.

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    11. what was the asifa's maskanah? to remove all computers from every jewish house? the internet is everywhere! phones,tablets,ipods.
      all media: internet,tv,radio,newspapers and magazines are going to talk about the arrival of moshiach

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    12. Well, Shloime it is interesting that you ask. What about all those Smartphones? Well our good friends in Satmar have spoken: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/156402#.T8erMLAsbgw

      I don't think that the Satmar Rebbe has any plans on watching Mashiach's arrival on the Internet anytime soon. As a matter of fact with his recent endorsement of Obama last December for re-election as President, he has chosen to endorse someone who is openly hostile to Israel but has a great record now supporting states that choose to grant ketubot to mishkav Zachar. In the Ashkenazic world finding true tzaddikim to lead us is a treacherous matter. So if we were to listen to the Satmar Rebbe, we should beware of both opposing Obama and turning on your Smartphone since in his mind Mashiach is not coming to the Holy Land in the near future. So we obviously don't need a Smartphone either. In the end if people want to follow him as their Rebbe, that is their business, but my choosing to have Internet in my home or on my phone is definitely not their business. The pronouncements and maskanot from the Asifa must apply to someone else. Between me and you, we are in a generation where there are Tzaddikim in the Ashkenazic world, but unlike previous generations we have to know how to recognize them, since so many of the self-appointed ones are not my tzaddikim, and they might not be yours either. They must be someone else's. The previous dor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rav Moshe Feinstein, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Rav Noach Weinberg et al. were giants compared to today. We are in the post-Achronic Era at least in the Ashkenazic World. and yes we can definitely blame the Shoah for that. So today we have to be careful whom we make our Rebbe. Again there are Tzaddikim out there. But we have to be an active participant in finding one.

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  5. Most books say that the Zohar's "6ooth year of the 6th millenium" is referring to 5600 (1840 - time of discovery of the train, telegraph, Dalton's Atomic Theory, Ampere, Laplace, electric motor, Faraday, Joule, Doppler, Boolean algebra, Pasteur, spectroscope, Mendel, periodic table, electromagnetism, Koch etc etc.).

    Is the Zohar referring to 1740 or 1840, or both?




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    1. Answer from R. Katz: Both: the Zohar is talking about the 100 year period between 1740 and 1840.

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  6. Thanks for this "This paradigm was predicted in the Zohar when it speaks of the wellsprings being opened from Shamayim into the Aretz and we see that the physical realm fulfilled this prediction as well with the advent of the industrial revolution." I was banging my head to this chronological anomaly, from where appeared this sudden technological evolution. Humanity was in coma, knew only Torah and out of nowhere this. I suspected kabbalah. Now it's more clear to me.

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