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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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 Cry of the Shechina

(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.


At Thu Jul 24, 04:31:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

URGENT! Please share with as much people as possible. The Rav hamekoubal Nissim Shalom declared that his grandfather ZT"L appeared to him in a dream and revealed to him that the Machiach is at his door, and ordered him to let as many jewish people as possible know about it as well as many people as possible. The Rav insisted upon the fact that whoever will send this message will be saved from the suffering which are supposed to occur with the coming of Machiach and that whoever won't do it will sustain a substantial loss of money. The Rav asked to send this message to at least 12 people, a number corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. It is a very favorable moment now in heaven , and to those who might be skeptical and not believe in the words of the Rav should know that the Rav would never make such a declaration without serious reasons to do so because it is forbidden to give false hopes to the Jewish people. From the Rav Yoel Benharoushe. Thank you to forward to all your contacts.

At Thu Jul 24, 04:32:00 PM 2014, Blogger Leah said...

Ok, so I keep reading this....fine, but what about women and especially someone like myself who are frum, yet not fluent in ivrit and have no access to the Zohar?

At Thu Jul 24, 04:50:00 PM 2014, Blogger yaak said...


This appears to be a fake. I received this message about 6 different times today (email, text, websites), but I see that this was already sent 3 years ago:

So, I'm not giving this much weight at all - to say the least.

At Thu Jul 24, 04:52:00 PM 2014, Blogger yaak said...


It's an admonishment for those who study Torah all day and don't learn Zohar. It's not an admonishment for those not fluent in Hebrew.

At Thu Jul 24, 04:57:00 PM 2014, Blogger Leah said...

Ok, because I'm learning and saying tehillim in general and have taken on an additional mitzvah.....

At Thu Jul 24, 05:07:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you yaak.

IsraelMatzav is usually really reliable and it seems he has been had too... I'm pretty furious.

Thanks anyway for the heap-up

At Thu Jul 24, 05:11:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Thu Jul 24, 05:50:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting how Rav Fisch brought out that the eidot Mizrach who learn the inner Torah (Zohar) and, therefore, B'H, saved from the horror of the shoah. Could it be that many of those in the ashkenaz world are the reincarnations of the followers of the spies in the desert who really didn't want Moshiach and thus avoided learning what they should. Sure they must be aware of this. We should thank Rav Fish. Just wondering.

At Thu Jul 24, 06:03:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Yankev said...

The Lubavitcher Rebbe has been saying this since he accepted the position of Rebbe, as did his predecessors:

...the main thing is that in our generations the study of Pnimiyus Hatorah is obligatory; not only this, but the lack of this learning G-d forbid delays the Geulah, as stated in the words of both the Alter Rebbe and the Gaon of Vilna... (Letter of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, 5721 (1961), Igros Kodesh v. 20, p.84)
Incidentally, let me add that the Vilner Gaon (not only the Baal HaTanya, mind you) writes that those who do not learn Pnimius HaTorah prolong the Golus and delay the Goulo, and that without knowledge of Pnimius HaTorah it is impossible to know property Nigle of Torah. (Letter of 24th of Marcheshvan, 5720 (1960))
Through the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the AriZal ,5 the “children of Israel [will] leave [the exile] with an upraised arm.” As the Zohar states:6 “With the book of the Zohar, [the Jews] will leave exile with mercy.”

The Baal Shem Tov amplified the efforts of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the AriZal , for Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and the AriZal revealed P’nimiyus HaTorah, the Torah’s mystic secrets, only to a select few, and even to them the revelations were limited. The coming of Mashiach, however, will take place only when P’nimiyus HaTorah is disseminated without restrictions.7 This represents the contribution of the Baal Shem Tov, who revealed Chassidus to everyone, spreading the teachings outward without restraint....

...The Alter Rebbe, the Maggid’s student and successor, and similarly the subsequent Chabad Rebbeim, followed the path of enclothing Chassidus in an intellectual framework, thus allowing the mortal mind to comprehend Chassidic teachings. This represented the unique contribution of Chabad Chassidus to make Chassidus accessible to all Jews, not only to the select few who shared a connection by virtue of their lofty souls or their achievements in Divine service. (Adapted from Sichos Yud Shvat, 5712)
The giving of the Torah is also related to the revelation of P'nimiyus HaTorah (Torah's mystic dimension). Thus, the Torah declares that the miracles wrought in Egypt were performed, "so that you will know that I am the L-rd." The mitzvah of knowing G-d -- described by the Zohar as, "the first of all commandments," comes by studying P'nimiyus HaTorah in a manner in which all of one's intellectual potentials are used. This, in turn, will bring about the Messianic redemption as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was told, "With your text, the Zohar, Israel... will leave exile in mercy." Similarly, the Moshiach told the Baal Shem Tov that he will come when, "the wellsprings of your teachings spread outward."

In particular, the revelation of P'nimiyus HaTorah began with the AriZal who declared that, at present, "it is a mitzvah to reveal this knowledge." It was intensified in the year 5500 [...] with the revelation of the teachings of Chassidus by the Baal Shem Tov.

Greater impetus came from the revelation of the teachings of Chabad by the Alter Rebbe, particularly after Yud-Tes Kislev when, "the service of spreading the wellsprings outward began." In each subsequent generation, this service was intensified including also the unique contributions of the Previous Rebbe, the eighth of the Nessi'im (when one begins counting from the Baal Shem Tov). (Sicha R"Ch Shevat, 5750)

At Tue Jul 29, 11:00:00 PM 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Be pure in heart.


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