Rav Fish on Learning Zohar - The Cry of the Shechina
From Rav Fish's latest - p. 14 [Geula update to follow later BL"N]:
(The words were written after consulting Gedolei Torah.)
How is it possible that all the signs that Ben David will come - until and including the very last one - have come to pass and they still have not established in all the Kollelim mandatory learning for at least a few minutes a day of Zohar to save Am Yisrael?
How is it possible that Jewish blood is spilled like water and we are not trying the sole advice that is brought down in Haza"l that can save Am Yisrael - even in a generation that is completely guilty - to bring the Geula with mercy?
Are we waiting for rivers of blood - G-d forbid - and then we'll wake up? Why are we not at least trying to show HKB"H that we want the sole advice that is written in the Oral Law via Haza"l and to at least start to learn the revealed parts of the Zohar?
Where are those from Edot Hamizrah, whose forefathers mainly dealt with this wisdom and for this merit, Hitler didn't enter their countries? Why did they not establish learning Zohar and other books that deal with the inner secrets of the Torah publicly in every Kollel?
How is it possible that myriads of Torah learners reached a situation of great poverty that is just getting worse ח"ו and we still didn't make any Heshbon Hanefesh for what causes this trouble and what HKB"H is asking of us - and we didn't do any rectification of learning the Zohar publicly, which was promised from Haza"l that gives us a shelter, plenty, and sustenance in abundance even during hard times?
How can we ignore the cry of the Shechina over Her children - the Tinokot Shenishbu - who are presently in danger of their lives and we have the power to save them? Are we able to say, "Our hands didn't spill this blood?" as the Zohar Parshat Naso says:
And because Israel will in the future taste from the Tree of Life, which is this Sefer HaZohar, they will come out with it from the exile with mercy.Rav Yaakov Tzemah ZT"L (introduction to his book "Kol Berama" on Idra Rabba [YY- couldn't find it here]):
"Rahel cries over her children" who are not busy with this wisdom that hastens the Keitz, and it is for this reason that Mashiah hasn't come - for there is no set study [of Zohar] in every city as there is for studying Talmud. And therefore, "איננו" [they are not] - her children are not pulling and hastening the Mashiah.The author of the Hagahot Uvi'urim on Etz Hayim wrote (in his haskama to Eipha Sheleima in Otzerot Hayim) [YY-paraphrased]:
The poor and those killed during exile bring a case in the High Court of Heaven against Talmidei Hachamim who did not learn Kabbala, and punish them for this.[At this point, Rav Fish quotes from the Or Hahayim Hakadosh on Vayikra 25:25 telling us that when we down on earth are not doing what we are supposed to do, the Beit Hamikdash remains in the hands of the nations, and the Tzadikim have the power to bring the Geula, so if they don't, they will be blamed.]
Summary: Every Rosh Kollel, Maggid Shiur, and man who has influence over the masses should establish in his framework a mandatory daily learning of Zohar for a few minutes to save Am Yisrael. This is from simple faith in the words of Haza"l that this is the solution as promised. And it would be preferable to have public learning in a Shiur with understanding, etc. And one whose framework didn't yet establish this rectification should save himself by privately learning according to his abilities.