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Friday, January 27, 2012

As in the Days of Your Exodus From the Land of Egypt...

The verse says:

כִּימֵי צֵאתְךָ, מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם, אַרְאֶנּוּ, נִפְלָאוֹת
'As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things.'

What is going on behind the scenes that Hashem will allow miracles to occur during the Final Redemption like what occurred during the days of Egypt, but not earlier?

The Sulam on Bereishit 53b explains that it's all due to sorcery.  If it weren't for sorcery, the righteous would have the ability to perform miracles from the upper worlds in order to bring everyone closer to Hashem, similar to what happened during the Exodus and the later prophets.  However, due to Adam's sin, the 4 worlds of אבי"ע were created on the other side - exactly corresponding to the 4 worlds of אבי"ע on the holy side - in order to distance people from Hashem, as it says in Kohelet גַּם אֶת-זֶה לְעֻמַּת-זֶה, עָשָׂה הָאֱלֹהִים [God hath made even the one as well as the other].  Sorcery has an equal power to the holy side of the righteous to make miracles occur and veto miracles that come from the side of holiness.  Therefore, only on very rare occasions does Hashem overrule the veto and allow for a miracle on the side of good to go through that brings the multitude of people closer and not be vetoed by the sorcerers - like during the Exodus and the time of the prophets.

When Mashiah comes, however, אראנו נפלאות - Hashem will show us miracles - just like when we were in Egypt because at that time, the power of Tum'ah will be nullified from the earth, and there will no longer be fear of the worlds of אבי"ע on the other side.  Therefore, the righteous will be able to create miracles and wonders just like in Egypt.


At Sat Jan 28, 08:15:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? Is there really any "sorcery" going on today that is stopping the geulah? No, its not some mysterious power or "sorcery" being conjured up by modern day "Egyptian magicians", but rather the good old Yetzer Harah that has been around since Adam's Chait. It stops us from getting up in the morning to daven on time, and is doing anything possible to prevent the geulah, keeping us hating each other rather than improving ourselves. I don't think the Sulam Z"L would call it sorcery, but rather an opposing force to hide Hashem and allow free will. Adam chose to "know evil", because he thought it would be a bigger Kiddush Hashem to beat evil that just have the closeness to Hashem in Gan Eden. But we are suffering from that force because of ignorance of Torah which is the only way to beat it.

At Sat Jan 28, 09:35:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it says in the torah (zohar? talmud? sorry i forgot the exact source) that in the final geula the miracles that will occur will be more wondrous and more numerous than in the time of the first geulah from egypt. 2- and, in th messianic times, after moshiach will be revealed to the world, everyone will understand that, 'coincidences' do not exist, that, everything happens solely thru Divine Providence. (Likutey Moharan quoting the zohar)

At Sat Jan 28, 11:53:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Anonymous 8:15,

We're not talking about what's stopping the Geula. We're talking about what's preventing open miracles from occurring nowadays.

Kishuf nowadays has been greatly diminished in parallel to the side of Kedusha (think Yeridat Hadorot), but is still a force in the world albeit much smaller than it used to be. This is another example of זה לעמת זה that was mentioned in the post.

The Sulam explicitly called it sorcery if you look at the source which I linked to.

At Sun Jan 29, 07:43:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are open miracles today. Really, really in your face, me'al hateva miracles.

If you don't believe me cry your heart out to Hashem for someone you know in an impossible situation, for which there is no natural solution and see it all turn around. But really daven and cry and insist until that person gets their yeshua. Feel their pain, make it personal to you, and just don't give up and you will see a miracle.

At Tue Jan 31, 10:33:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The times of Hester Panim (hidden face) started in the times of Esther with time the world gradually entrenched itself deeper and deeper and then came along the technological age where things sped up to a great pace and now we are all so deep into superficial that hope is hardly a glimmer, miracles are hardly what one can call open if anything there might be a very limited number of people which can see the hand of G-D however for the general population it's mostly all doom and gloom and one distraction after another with hardly a glimmer or a hope for we pay not heed, this is where we stand now in the annals of history...our salvation lies not with man but G-D himself for just like Egypt so are we now.


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