Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu on the Geula Situation - Part 2 of 2

The second part of Rav Shmuel Eliyahu's essay in the Kol Tzofayich newsletter continued from here.


At'halta deGeula - the Beginning of Redemption - The year 5708 - The fifth hour - One hour before noon on the sixth day


We mentioned earlier that which our teacher and rabbi - Abba [Rav Mordechai Eliyahu] said about Ribbi Yitzhak Alfieh ZTVK"L, that he was one of the 36 Tzadikim.  As mentioned, in the year 5688, he wrote the essay entitled "Sod Hageula" that was brought down in the Kuntras Hayehieli (96).  In his words there, he writes amazing things - stemming from the aspect of a sage being better than a prophet.  There he brings the calculation of the 1000 years of the sixth millennium and explains according to the words of the Ariza"l, who said that starting from the fifth hour on Friday, the worlds begin to rise up from their weekday places to greet Shabbat, and holiness is added onto them, as is mentioned by us with the Sod of the extra letter ה that is mentioned in the verse ויהי ערב ויהי בקר יום הששי - "And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" - to hint to the fifth hour, as mentioned.
For all the other days, there is no letter ה in them. For example, on the first day, it does not say האחד, nor on the second day, etc. However, here, it says הששי to hint to the idea that in the fifth hour on the sixth day, immediately juxtaposed to it is "And the heaven and the earth were finished..." and immediately, it is considered as if it is the day of Shabbat.

And therefore, we must think and know the meaning of the years - in which year from the years of Creation of the world will it be corresponding to the end of the fifth hour, and that from then on would begin to be revealed the shining of the holiness of Shabbat, through which all judgments, the power of the Kelipa, and the Sitra Ahora would be canceled from the world as mentioned earlier that they will no longer have power and they will be removed from the earth and HKB"H's name will be sanctified in the worlds - in the upper worlds and lower worlds as said? Here is the order of the calculation: ...
The Rav there calculates that every hour in the sixth day corresponds to 41.6666 years. (1000/24 = 41.6666.) If you multiply them by the hours of the day, you get to two-thirds of the year 5708, wherein the power of the Sitra Ahora was canceled and the power of holiness had risen. And in reality, in this year, the nations of the world gave power to the nation of Israel to establish a kingdom and to get Jews to make Aliya to the Land of Israel and to protect themselves - that which hasn't been for thousands of years, wherein Jewish blood was spilled like water and there was no one to avenge that blood, Has Veshalom. And since then until today, how great has the Torah risen in the Land of Israel. And Baruch Hashem that since then and until today, almost a majority of the nation of Israel is found in the Holy Land, which has not occurred since the days of the destruction of the second Beit Hamikdash.

The strengthening of the Kelipot - a good sign for Israel

And Rav Yitzhak Alfieh ZTVK"L wrote there:
And now, do not wonder when you see the strengthening of the Kelipa over of Israel and how it causes them to transgress G-d's religion - since the end of its [the Kelipa's] time has arrived to die and to be canceled from the world, because of this, it gets stronger and puts all its efforts on Israel to cancel them, Has Veshalom, from service of Hashem Yitbarach and from His Mitzvot - in order that it [the Kelipa] will get benefit from their [Israel's] holiness and it will have influence and vitality from the sparks of holiness that fall from them into the Kelipa which are its vitality. For this reason, it strengthens itself against them to cause them to sin, Has Veshalom.

And this is a good sign for Israel - with this strengthening of the Sitra Ahora -
since this proves its total cancelation, as Raza"l expounded in the Sod of the verse "Thou withdrawest their breath, they perish, and return to their dust". Therefore, Haza"l said: "In the time of the footsteps of Mashiah, Hutzpah will increase." And since the evil inclination is made of fire while they are made of flesh and blood, they cannot tie it up and subdue it. And especially when he is giving all of his energy upon them, as mentioned earlier. Therefore, they are obligated and require assistance from Him - may His name be blessed - as Haza"l say "Every day, man's evil inclination strengthens against him, and if it weren't for the fact that HKB"H helps him, he would not be able to overcome him." Therefore, at this time and season that it became so strong, HKB"H will subdue it. And this will occur through the revelation of His light - may He be blessed - in its time, which is the sixth day in the fifth hour, as mentioned earlier.

And since the nation of Israel as a whole is longing to serve Hashem and to keep all of His Mitzvot, and it is merely the "yeast in the dough" that is preventing them from doing so, therefore, this longing is a great Mitzvah and makes a great impression up above, and in its merit, Hashem will redeem them. And not only that, but HKB"H already decreed this when He said [paraphrase from Bereishit 18:26 and 18:32] "If there are 10 Tzadikim, then I will forgive all the place for their sake". And praise G-d, may He be blessed, there are numerous Tzadikim and pious individuals and those who keep his Torahs and Mitzvot - thousands and tens of thousands, "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine by a fountain" [i.e. without an Ayin Hara], who it is fit and proper before Hashem that in their merit and in the merit of their righteousness, He will forgive all sins and transgressions of His people and flock of His pasture as a whole, whom He called "Israel is My son, My first-born" and He will raise the Shechina from the dust. And especially since there is no one empty in Israel who is not filled with Mitzvot like a pomegranate who is not filled with Mitzvot like a pomegranate, say Raza"l, and therefore, they are all fit for a complete Redemption soon.

And even though we hinted earlier about the strengthening of the Kelipa in the nation, it is only found by a small minority of people, and we follow the majority and we do not suspect the minority, and we are fit to be redeemed speedily and soon. And if we say that Has Veshalom there are no merits, nevertheless, we can still have Redemption, since this Redemption will be for the sake of His name - may it be blessed - and the holiness of the Cosmic Shabbat which is being revealed in its proper time, as we mentioned earlier, and the shining of His Shechina. And this is the hint of "As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things" - meaning that just as in the Egyptian exile, the Kelipa and the Sitra Ahora got stronger upon them, but they still did not give up hope and believed in Hashem that He would redeem them, and HKB"H did reveal Himself there and redeemed them, so too in this bitter exile - that even though there is no merit, when He reveals the shining of His holiness upon us, then He will redeem us an everlasting Redemption. And this is [paraphrase of Yeshaya 48:9, Yeshaya 48:11, and Yehezkel 36:22] "For My sake and for the sake of My name I will do, if not for your sake." And like it says (Yeshaya 63:5) "And I looked, and there was none to help, and I beheld in astonishment, and there was none to uphold; therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me, and My fury, it upheld Me." And the following verse will be fulfilled about us [from Zecharia 3:8 and Malachi 3:23]: "Behold, I will bring forth My servant the Shoot. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD." And the redeemer will come to Zion with the building of our holy house and our glory, speedily in our days, Amen.

The weakening of the Kelipa - the year 5750 - Noon on the sixth day

The year 5750 was noon of the sixth day. Around this year, amazing things occurred in the world that have nothing with which to compare them. In these years, the evil empire of Russia and all its surrounding nations fell. And this was absolutely amazing since Russia was a superpower which ruled over many nations. Its flag was a flag of wickedness and complete denial of the existence of G-d. And they covered themselves with a robe of being complete Tzadikim who want to bring justice and equality to the world. These evil-doers closed synagogues and study-halls and Torah schools. Whoever was busy with these matters of holiness was sent to exile in frozen Siberia. They made hundreds of thousands of Jews convert, Bar Minan. And they also hated the State of Israel with all their might, and they would arm the worst of our enemies with an abundance of weaponry to destroy us - for free. And they would blaspheme against Jews in every place.

And behold, in these years, the power of the Kelipa has completely weakened, and all those who acted wrongly scattered and this evil empire and all its surrounding nations broke up one after the other. And this is an unbelievable thing because it occurred around the years 5750-5751, which are the years of noon of the sixth day.

Around these years, there was also a nuclear disarmament agreement. And this was exactly the beginning of what was said about the King Mashiah (Yeshaya 2:4): "And He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." The before he comes, his light already starts to influence the world.

Immediately after this, the U.S. started to fight against the great oppressor from Baghdad, Saddam Hussein, who called himself the successor of Nevuchadnetzar. He [years earlier] had erected a nuclear reactor with the name of the Avoda Zara "Tammuz", whose purpose was to destroy the State of Israel. With Hashem's mercy upon us, HKB"H gave us the power to be strong and we destroyed his weapon of destruction on Shavuot in an operation that amazed all the military experts in the world, to fulfill that which it says (Vayikra 26:7) "And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword."

The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe Shlit"a said at the eulogy of Ribbi Elazar Abuhatzeira ZYA"A:
We see clearly - even someone who just has a little bit of eyes can see - that this is the time for the coming of Mashiah - not like all the other times and Kitzim - today, we see everything clearly. And everything that is written in the Torah and prophets and writings and in the other books - this is it - we see everything today clearly from everything that is happening in the world.

5771 - Minha Gedola of the sixth day

According to Halacha, there is a meaning to a half-hour after noon. At this time, one can already recognize the leaning of the sun from the middle of the sky toward the west. Regarding this time, the Yerushalmi (Pesahim 31) says the from this time and on, it is permitted to pray Minha Gedola on Friday and we do not say supplications because of the light of Shabbat. Many laws are said in Tractate Shabbat that begin from this hour where the light of Shabbat is already shining a lot more than it was prior to it.

If we divide the sixth millennium into 24 hours and multiply by 18.5 (12 hours of night plus 6.5 hours of the day), we get to the end of Tammuz, 5771. Upon this date, the Zohar said in 2 places that it is "The end of the exile". This is the time of the Minha prayer. And it is brought down in the gemara (Berachot 6b) "A person should always be careful with the Minha prayer because Eliyahu was only answered at the Minha prayer. This is what was brought down in "Likutei Halachot" (Minha 3) - that Eliyahu needed to subdue the strengthening of the Sitra Ahora and idol worshippers then so he specifically prayed Minha because their main stronghold is from there...because through him [Eliyahu] would be revealed the aspect of the kingdom of Mashiah. Therefore, Eliyahu was appointed to inform the future Redemption - to reveal the kingdom of Mashiah. Therefore, Eliyahu specifically was careful with the Minha prayer and he was answered because Minha has the aspect of bringing something out of potential and into actuality - which is the aspect of Mashiah who will come speedily in our days, Amen.

The implication of this hour in the Redemption clock is found in the holy Zohar (Va'et'hanan 270a) [YY - see also this post] that writes about the exile:
"Woe unto us! for the day declineth, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out!" - a day and a shadow is the end of the exile, and the measurement of this shadow is 6 handbreadths and a half.
We find a similar Zohar in Vayikra (16a) And the Gr"a explains there, "And it means to say 1000 years of the exile and another half a day until a half-hour after noon, as then the day starts to set." Also, the "Matok Midevash" explains there: "The 6 handbreadths and a half - the explanation is 6.5 hours in the sixth day, as then it is recognizable that the shadow has stretched to the west."

The Arab Winter, the Jewish Spring

One of the things that we can see clearly these days is the breakdown of the Arab world. Nation after nation is collapsing without any of us lifting a finger. This is exactly like the evil world of Stalin collapsed. First, the oppressor from Libya, Qaddaffi, fell - he was dragged like a despised corpse in the outskirts of Libya in the streets. Afterwards, the oppressor from Egypt fell, and they placed him in an iron cage to degrade him. And it is brought down in the holy Zohar that a nation is not brought down until its heavenly angel is brought down first.

Afterwards, we see with our eyes how Syria, the biggest enemy, is destroying itself. The power of all these countries today is less than half of what it had prior to the revolutions that are called for some reason "The Arab Spring". Their armies are not functioning, the people are enemies of each other, their weapons are getting rusty and are being used against themselves. The verse "And I will spur Egypt against Egypt" has been fulfilled in them.

This revolution that crumbles our enemies is great news for the nation of Israel because we have a general rule that says "and the one people shall be stronger than the other people" - when one falls, the other rises. When our enemies fall, we rise. At the end of Parshat Hayei Sarah, the Torah speaks about what occurred to the children of Yishmael after he died: "And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Asshur: over against all his brethren he did settle." (Bereishit 25:18) The hint in this verse is that Yishmael will not die by the hands of other nations, but rather, by his own brothers with internal revolutions, as we see today. Therefore, the Baal Haturim explains an amazing thing and says:
And the verse close to this is "And these are the generations of Isaac" to teach you that when Yishmael falls in the End of Days, then [Mashiah] Ben David will sprout, as he is from the generations of Isaac.

Ki Gaz Hish VeNa'ufa [YY - play-on-words from this verse]

The economic downfall of Egypt has strengthened in the wake of the cancellation of the gas agreement with Israel and the blowing up of the pipeline. A good portion of their economy was from this gas. Originally, Mubarak's sons stole the majority of the profits, but now, they are preventing themselves from receiving profits by selling this gas to Israel, and they have nothing to do with it because they don't know how to transfer it to other countries without the pipeline so it is going to waste.

In parallel with this, HKB"H is revealing to us, one after another, treasure-troves of oil and gas that is hidden deep in the earth. Our teacher and rabbi - Abba [Rav Mordechai Eliyahu] ZTVK"L already said that these discoveries are part of the promises that HKB"H promised to the nation of Israel to have a booming economy during the days of Mashiah.

All this is a great wonder because in parallel to these discoveries, the State of Israel is strengthening itself economically - it is the only country in the world that is rising financially while all the others are stagnating, falling, or collapsing. While in the whole world, there is a real estate crisis that caused a great financial crisis, in Israel, they passed it in peace. Not only that, but we rose over all of them.

Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, against the time when their foot shall slip

Rashi hints to the economic crisis that is passing over the world but skipping over Israel on Bereishit 25:23 - there, he brings down about Edom and Israel:
When one rises, the other falls...Tzor [referring to Edom] only became full when Yerushalayim was destroyed
And vice-versa: Yerushalayim only became full when Tzor was destroyed.

The greatest economic collapse of Europe started specifically from Kelipa of Greece which fell, which is the Kelipa that enclothes Yesod of holiness, and then, Zion of holiness will be able to rise. And similarly, it is written (Zecharia 9:13) "For I bend Judah for Me, I fill the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Javan, and will make thee as the sword of a mighty man." This is what is brought down in the Gr"a on the verse: "Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, against the time when their foot shall slip" - that the vengeance and Redemption will come after the economic downfall of the nations. Therefore, it is written, "against the time when their foot shall slip" which hints to money which keeps a person on his feet.

And in the gemara (Megilla 6b), the expression "Italia Shel Yavan [Italy of Greece] - this is the big metropolis of Rome" - is brought down many times. This tells you that even though Greece and Italy are two different countries, in their basis, they are the same evil and their gods are the same gods. And both their ways of chasing after Israel is the same. When they fall, Israel rises.

We are requested to have preparation and purity - to make a preparation for the Redemption, as Yaakov Avinu said to his sons when he wanted to reveal the Keitz, "Gather yourselves together". For this reason, we also need Ahdut - unity - among the people of Israel. And we also need to purify ourselves - prepare yourselves for the Redemption. This is great preparation in order that we will merit to pass the Redemption with mercy and peace. And the Gr"a says that even in a Be'itah Geula, there is a possibility of Ahishena - which is a Redemption of mercy according to our actions. And this is really the simple explanation of the verse.

And may it be Hashem's will that the verses will completely be fulfilled: "Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, desolation nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down, Neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous, they shall inherit the land for ever; the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, wherein I glory. The smallest shall become a thousand, and the least a mighty nation; I the LORD will hasten it in its time." Amen - may it be Hashem's will.

18 Comments:

At Mon Jun 11, 05:03:00 AM 2012, Blogger BBGN said...

How does the timing apply to The Far East, where in some locations, they are one day ahead?

 
At Mon Jun 11, 08:20:00 AM 2012, Anonymous rina said...

thank you Yaak!

 
At Mon Jun 11, 09:29:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, Rabbai said that Greece and Italy have same gods, and when Rome falls Israel rise. He did not mention about America as Rome, like many bloggers think and wish it falls. Hashem blessed USA after Israel and put us in the position to give and help Israel and other poor countries. Our the richest people under Hashem and they doing their job to put evil down. B'H" Very soon all evil disappear and we will sing the song of Moshiah besimha and will return to our land after completion of our tikkun.
Thank you Yaak for the translation.
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At Mon Jun 11, 12:07:00 PM 2012, Blogger Devorah said...

Thank you for your translation which must have involved a good amount of time. Just to tell you I appreciate your effort.

 
At Mon Jun 11, 12:50:00 PM 2012, Blogger Leah said...

Gevaldig! Thank you for translating this Yaak. I appreciate it. I read it from beginning to end. The achdut part is hard, yet I have for many years been working on judging one particular person favorably as well as seeking peace and pursuing it. I have been tipping the scales in the positive on this one. It is becoming stronger. It has taken about a dozen years. Whew. Not easy, yet so important, so when I read here the part about achdut...it is needed- so very much. I only hope it will help turn the tides toward the achdut that is needed for Moshiach to come.

 
At Mon Jun 11, 04:01:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I multiplied 18.5 times 41.666, and did not come up with Tammuz of this year. Half of 41.666 is approximately 20.8, added to 5750 is 5770.8. Could you please explain your calculation?

 
At Mon Jun 11, 04:08:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

I never said it would come out to Tammuz of this year.

It came out to the end of Tammuz of 5771 (which was a leap year). I used to think it came out to Tammuz 5770 like you did, but I was convinced that the millennium began in 5001 - not 5000 - so one year must be added to all calculations.

 
At Mon Jun 11, 05:38:00 PM 2012, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I find the continued reference to Yeshayahu 19 regarding the fall of Mitzraim confusing. Yeshayahu 19 is referring to a pagan Egypt not to a monotheistic Egypt. The present Egypt is destroying itself economically but is re-consolidating under the Muslim Brotherhood, a much more formidable foe than Nasser ever was. Yes, Egyptians may be starving to death at this time, but when their Presidential sweepstakes ends this Sunday, like France and Greece, they will unite under the monotheistic flag of Islam. We are jumping the gun to say that they have disintegrated. And Egypt definitely is not pagan.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 12:05:00 AM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

R' Dov,

The idea of whether or not the Mitzriyim of Aharit Hayamim are the same Mitzrayim as before is Talui in various opinions - see Sota 9a and the Rashi and long Tosafot there.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 12:15:00 PM 2012, Blogger Genoism said...

Is it just me or is the math here some serious fail.
6000/24 = 250, 250 * 18.5 = 4625...so how do we get to 5771?

Also, it's 5772....we're still in exile. And it's fairly obvious that barring any massive changes, its going to be a long time before the exile ends without the help of Hashem.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 12:24:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Genoism,

No offense, but it's just you. You're thinking the entire 6000 years = 1 day. In reality, 6000 years = 6 days. 1 day = 1000 years.

1000/24 = 41.6666 years
41.6666 * 18.5 = 770.83

5001 + 770.83 = Late Tamuz, 5771.

And you answered your own question by adding "without the help of Hashem". Obviously, that's how it will happen.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 01:08:00 PM 2012, Blogger Genoism said...

Ah i see...well eitherway...every year people always come up with some crazy calculations on why moshiach will come that year. I honestly don't see this any differently. The gemara itself says that anyone who tries to predict the time of when moshiach will come is a fool.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 01:31:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

The gemara does say תיפח רוחן, but I have many posts that show that according to many opinions, this dictum of the gemara no longer applies.

That said, I don't know for certain when he's coming. May it be soon. All we see are strong hints to his possible speedy arrival.

Nevertheless, those who are blind to the reality that's going on the world need to open their eyes and see how the world is preparing itself for this eventual event. Would you agree that we're in Ikveta Dimshiha? (All Gedolim do, so it would probably be a good idea to believe that.) If you believe that, you realize that the whole world scene and every major event that occurred in the past few centuries have led up toward him coming. The way it's looking, things will start to happen sooner rather than later - don't be caught off-guard. All failed predictions of the past were turned into Hevlei Mashiah. The same is true nowadays when the predictions are coming fast and furious, but these predictions help speed up the process - just as a woman's contractions at childbirth speed up when she is close to birth. Hang in there, my friend.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 01:56:00 PM 2012, Blogger Genoism said...

Sorry I'm not familiar with many of the hebrew terms you used in you response to me :(

But from what I do understand, all I can say is that even though I do want him to come, I'm absolutely terrified of him actually coming. Why? Because anyone who cannot say that they are a tzaddik is not going to merit living in his time.

Much like coming out of mitzrayim, 2/3 of the Jews perished.

Just imagine if moshiach came tonight....I'm not a horrible jew but i can with certainty say that i have not yet fulfilled my purpose in life...we're all here to correct our flaws, if moshiach comes now there's probably no hope for the majority of us.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 02:13:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Genoism,

Very valid feelings. I have the same feelings.

This is similar to the Mishna in Pirkei Avot chapter 2 where R' Eliezer says, "Repent 1 day before your death," as no one knows when he is going to die. Similarly, no one knows when Mashiah is coming so Teshuva is always good ASAP.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 02:23:00 PM 2012, Blogger Genoism said...

Yup yup, totally agree. These days I spend most of my time with mesilas yesharim...the more i learn that book the more I feel like we have to climb a vertical wall to improve ourselves.

 
At Tue Jun 12, 06:18:00 PM 2012, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Don't think that only perfect tzaddikim will be around in Yemot HaMashiach. Set your sights to something attainable so that you won't feel like a failure. Work on being a beinoni who keeps striving everyday to be better and better. Those who are striving in this area everyday will make it into Yemot HaMashiach. Root your mitzvot in human decency for its own sake, and G-d will help you work on your imperfections. And when the time comes to Resurrect the Dead, He will even take away your Yetzer HaRa!! Until then, just work on improvements which are attainable. Don't knock yourself out because of your imperfections that might continue to exist at the end of each day. G-d is a merciful Judge.

 
At Wed Jun 13, 07:57:00 PM 2012, Blogger shimonmatisyahu said...

As per the above about the "Hei" in "Yom HaShishi", Rashi notes that this hints to THE 6th day of Sivan, the slated day of Matan Torah; though in fact, this happened on the 7th of Sivan. Now, as the 6th millenium is divided here into 12 parts corresponding to the 12 hours of the day, if we equate these 12 parts with the 1st 12 days of Sivan (the last of these seven days being the Shivas Yemai Tashlumin in our present calendar), we see that corresponding to our present time that we have already begun the 2nd half of the 7th hour, expecting Moshiach anytime now; corresponding to this, Matan Torah took place in the 2nd half of the 7th of Sivan, meaning, in the morning.

 

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