Monday, January 07, 2013

Last Rabbeinu Bahye on Parshat Shemot Explains Geula Delay and More

Rabbeinu Bahye:

... And also here, HKB"H's answer to Moshe, "Now you will see that which I will do..." means that this suffering is only to double the reward over the reward that they would have received earlier.  This is  "Now you will see."  And the success and tranquility for Par'oh is only to double his punishment over the punishment that he would have received earlier.  And this is what is meant by, "...that which I will do to Par'oh."  In other words, I already prepared the plagues for him, and because of this was the reason that the work should be more burdensome from the day that I sent you - in order to double the punishment over the punishment that they would have received earlier and to strengthen the reward for Israel when they withstand the suffering and take it with love.

And you should know that the matters of this first exile is a hint to the the matters of our final exile in which we are currently with the servitude and suffering at the hands of the Kingdom of (Aram) [Edom] and we hope for the salvation of Hashem Yitbarach, as David ע"ה said about this matter (Tehilim 130:6): "My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning; yea, more than watchmen for the morning." Waiting and waiting again. And if the Redemption will be delayed in coming, everything is to add good reward for us and to favor us in the end - and to add punishment to those who subjugated us.

And just as we find that the hour was pushed for Israel in Egypt starting at the time that the first redeemer [Moshe Rabbeinu] came before Par'oh and said to him that in the words of Hashem Yitbarach, "Let My people go, that they may hold a feast unto Me in the wilderness," and afterwards, the work was made more burdensome, and hatred was awakened against them and it was very much increased over what it was, so too in our Future Redemption, in the exile, the final redeemer will awaken hatred between the nations and Israel and will increase servitude over the servitude that existed earlier.

And the redeemer will be revealed and then be covered in order to fool the nations and to harden their hearts, as we find by the Redemption from Egypt that Moshe was revealed to them, but then was hidden again from them. And this is what Raza"l were Doreish [on the verse] "And they met Moses and Aaron" - after 6 months, HKB"H was revealed in Midyan and told [Moshe]: "Go, return into Egypt."  Moshe came from Midyan and Aharon from Egypt, and the Israelite officers met them when they were exiting Par'oh's presence.  And similarly Midrash Hazit (Shir Hashirim 2) was Doreish [on the verse] דּוֹמֶה דוֹדִי לִצְבִי: Just as a deer is seen and is covered and is seen again, so too, the first redeemer [Moshe] was seen by them, and then was covered from them, and was then seen again by them.  And how long was he covered from them?  Ribbi Tanhuma says: 3 months.  This is the meaning of the verse "And they met Moses and Aaron".  Ribbi Yehuda B"R [?] says לקריסין - in other words, an expression of once-in-a-while meetings.  And similarly, the future redeemer [Mashiah] will be revealed and then hidden again as this Redemption is destined to mimic the Redemption from Egypt in many matters.  And similarly, the prophet says (Micha 7:15), "As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things."

And when the Keitz will come closer, there will be great troubles and these will continuously intensify, and this is a sign of salvation for Israel.  And it similarly says in Midrash [and Sanhedrin 98a on the verse] (Yeshaya 59:19) "for distress will come in like a flood, which the breath of the LORD driveth" that if you see a generation where many troubles are coming upon it like a river, wait for him, as it says "for distress will come in like a flood, which the breath of the LORD driveth" and next to it, it says, "And a redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD."

9 Comments:

At Mon Jan 07, 12:47:00 PM 2013, Blogger Genoism said...

Seems like every other week some big Rabbi is telling us why its taking so long.

The answer is simple - we don't deserve it yet. And the maximum that this will last is until the year 6000. That's, 6000, not 5773, not 5774 or even 5999, it's 6000.

Considering how the jews are behaving now, the majority does not keep shabbos and the few that do, can we honestly say that they keep it the way it's meant to be kept? Not likely. At this rate, we'll most likely be waiting until 6000.

So the Rabbi's can be bringing you all sorts of signs until the end of time. And they may very well be true signs, but in the end we won't know until it happens. Not even the great legends in the Gemara could predict it - and none of them ever said enough detail for us to know.

For example - the popular one today - he will come when the leader of damascus falls....great but which leader? There have been many. We don't know. If Assad falls and no moshiach then what? Going to say the prediction was wrong? No, because we don't know which leader.

So for all we know, even our children will not live to see moshiach. There can be another 100 wars before the year 6000. (And I bet you each one everyone will claim that this is the one where moshiach will come - yet no know truly knows)

 
At Mon Jan 07, 01:12:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Shiloh said...

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At Mon Jan 07, 01:56:00 PM 2013, Blogger Neshama said...

Wow, Yaak,
"for distress will come in like a flood, which the breath of the LORD driveth" that if you see a generation where many troubles are coming upon it like a river, wait for him, as it says "for distress will come in like a flood, which the breath of the LORD driveth" and next to it, it says, "And a redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD."

These words are jumping out of the computer. "a flood, which the breath of the LORD driveth" This seems to be happening now. Great post.

 
At Mon Jan 07, 02:19:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hazak U Baruh, very nice point

--Tsaddik Nistar

 
At Mon Jan 07, 05:27:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

..And you should know that the matters of this first exile is a hint to the the matters of our final exile in which we are currently with the servitude and suffering at the hands of the Kingdom of (Aram) [Edom]....

The Jews are not in servitude and suffering at the hands of the Kingdom of (Aram) [Edom].....
In whatever direction you look (entertainment industry, banking and finance, science and tech e.t.c) Jews are at the very top of the hierarchy !!
In fact most of the suffering and pain described in the tanack does not fit the Jews.

 
At Mon Jan 07, 06:40:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genosim seems to want the golus to last until year 6000. We will not have to wait that long and we pray, Moshiach will come much sooner. You are (we hope) the minority that seems to be hopeful of the delay of the Geulah. We are supposed to yearn for the Geulah and not to dismiss it and wish it away. Love when frum people seem to think the mitzvah of praying for the Geulah to be hastened is a minor mitzvah, not worth praying for. Geulah was the purpose of creation! Only H' knows exactly when Moshiach will come; but we are now in the b'itah time and HE has promised us HE will hasten it in its time. We are now allowed and even prompted to calculate as we know we are in the sixth millenium and all signs point to the coming of Moshiach, in a blink of an eye. Whether the miracle of y'tziat Mitzrayim or the Purim story, the events took much longer than we think when reading the stories. Same here, but, at the last minute, it will be in a blink of an eye.

 
At Mon Jan 07, 08:49:00 PM 2013, Blogger Genoism said...

Yes, I don't want moshiach to come just yet, yet I still do ask for him. Why? Because I haven't perfected myself yet. Who knows who will survive when moshiach comes, but I certainly will not be so egotistical to think that I will merit it. I do teshuva and work on myself as hard as I can but in the end I still know I have a thousand lifetimes to go before I can correct all my fallacies.
Only the tzaddikim will merit to live in the times of moshiach, everyone else is heading for a permanent death. Can you tell me that you are a tzaddik??? Can anyone say that? Maybe Rav Ovadya Yosef, who else?

 
At Mon Jan 07, 09:27:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you did sencire Teshuva and pray 3 times a day in min'yan -- you are Tsaddik. And I see from your posts that you have big potential. When Mashiah comes, B'H" very soon you will be singing and dancing with other Tsaddikim.

 
At Mon Jan 07, 09:29:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think really depends how you define servitude.

 

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