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Gleanings of Zohar

And She Shall Count Her Seven Days

“Rabbi Abba and Rabbi Hiyya were walking along the way. Rabbi Hiyya said: It is written And you shall count you from the morrow of the sabbath, from the day you bring the elevation sheaf, seven whole weeks shall they be [Leviticus 23:15]. What does this teach? He said to him: the Companions have established this.

Come and see: When Israel was in Egypt, they were in the domain of the Other [Side], and they were separated, like a woman who sits during the days of her impurity. After they were circumcised their portion ascended to that holy portion called Covenant. Once they were singled out, their impurity ceased from them, like a woman whose blood of impurity ceases from her. After it ceases from her, what is written? [And if she becomes clean from her flux,] she shall count her seven days (and after shall be clean) [Leviticus 15:28]. Here too, once they had ascended to the holy portion, their impurity ceased from them, and the blessed Holy One said: from this point on is their counting of purification. And you shall count you. You – specifically; just as we say she shall count her seven days: her – for herself. Here too, you – for yourselves. Why? So that one may be purified in the supernal holy waters. And thereafter one is connected with the King and [ready] to receive Torah. It says there, she shall count her seven days, and here it says seven weeks. Why seven weeks? So as to be purified by the waters of that river [Binah] that flows and comes out and is called Living Waters, and the seven weeks come out of that river. And for that reason seven weeks – specifically, so that he might merit thereby, like that pure woman who is united with her husband on that night” (Ra’aya Meheimna, Zohar 3:97a-b).

“Certainly, in your prayer and in your recital of the Shema, the Shekhinah is renewed before the blessed Holy One and this is why it is said: [Until the morrow of the seventh sabbath you shall count fifty days] and you shall bring forward a new grain offering to YHWH [Leviticus 23:16]. By the prayers which are instead of the sacrifices. But in which sacrifices, [namely] prayers, is She renewed? In your Festival of Weeks [Numbers 28:26], namely Shavuoth, which is when Torah was given, and which is called fifty days of the counting of the Omer, and which comprises seven weeks, from the side of the one about whom it is said: Seven times daily I praise You [Psalms 119:164], which is Malkhut, Who is כַּלָה bride, and is composed of the seven sefirot and is composed of Binah; and it spreads out in five sefirot into fifty.

Yesod [which is called] כֹּל All [1 Chronicles 29:11] is composed of these fifty, [namely Hesed, Gevurah, Tif’eret, Netsah, and Hod, each of which is composed of ten and Malkhut is called כַּלָה bride, the letters of which can also be read]: כֹּל ה [having a gematria of fifty and five, namely] five [sefirot] composed of fifty. Each of them is enclosed within the fifty. Hokhmah, which is upper י is enclosed within the fifty, for ה [five] times י [ten, equals fifty, where] ה is Binah and י is Hokhmah, [and there are י ה in Hokhmah, which when multiplied by each other, make fifty, and there are י ה in Binah; and when] י is [multiplied] by ה, the result is fifty, and this is the gematria of כֹּל All, and the numerical value of יָם Sea [for Binah is called Sea, whose gematria is fifty]. And the reference is to the Sea of Torah [where from Binah, which is called ‘Sea,’ emerges Torah, which is Ze’eir Anpin]. Its origin is Keter, which is infinite. The remaining sefirot are named after it: Seven Seas. And Malkhut [is] the יָם סוּף [Yam Suf] Sea of Reeds [because] the סוֹף [sof] end of all the seas.

And because [each one of the] the seven weeks is fifty: And their grain offering… three-tenths for the single bull, two-tenths for the single ram [Numbers 28:28], making altogether five [tenths] which are five times ten. And their grain offering mixed with oil, three-tenths for the single bull, two-tenths for the single ram. A tenth for every single lamb of the seven lambs [Numbers 29:9]. Seven lambsseven whole Sabbaths shall they be [Leviticus 23:15] and each one has six days [sefirot] with it” (Ra’aya Meheimna Pinhas).

I will Hasten it in its Time

Brown_Turkey“Rabbi Yochanan said: ‘What is the meaning of He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit? [Proverbs 27:18]. Why is the Torah compared to a fruit tree?’ Figs on a tree do not ripen all at once, but a little each day. Therefore, the longer one searches in the tree, the more figs he finds. So too with Torah: The more one studies, the more knowledge and wisdom one finds” (BT Eruvin 54a).

Daughters of Jerusalem, swear to me by the gazelles, by the deer in the field, that you will never awaken love until it is ripe [Song of Songs 2:7; 3:5]. For although Solomon in his great wisdom understood how to vocalize יהוה, he swore in the name of all the holy people not to ponder it until the day God bestows compassion on His people and their land, and open before them the gates of light. And now the gates of wisdom have begun to open, and therefore, one may study and gain great wisdom” (Berit Menuḥa).

“In the six hundredth year of the sixth [millennium], springs of wisdom will open above, springs of wisdom below, and the whole world will prepare to enter the seventh [millennium], just like a person preparing on the sixth day, as the sun is about to set, to enter Sabbath. Your mnemonic: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life… all the springs of the great abyss burst and the sluices of heaven were opened [Genesis 7:11]’… [Yet] the blessed Holy One makes everything depend upon returning – if they prove worthy or not – as that verse has been explained: I, YHWH, will hasten it in its time - if they are worthy, I will hasten; if not, in its time [see BT Sanhedrin 98a]… Rabbi Shim’on said to them, ‘The blessed Holy One does not want this to be revealed openly to the world. But verging on the days of the Messiah, even children of the world are destined to find hidden treasures of wisdom, thereby discovering calculations of the end. At that time it will be revealed to all, as is written: For then [Zephaniah 3:9]. What does then mean? When Assembly of Israel rises from the dust, raised by the blessed Holy One. Then I will transform the language of the peoples into a pure one, so they may all call upon the name of YHWH and serve Him shoulder to shoulder [ibid.]” (Zohar 1:116a-18b).

Queen Esther

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“You may say that Esther has a bad reputation, that she was defiled with Ahasuerus, [yet] she was worthy that the Holy Spirit would be clothed in her as written, Esther put on her מַלְכוּת [Malkhut] royal apparel [Esther 5:1]. Yet the blessed Holy One said, I am YHWH: that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images [Isaiah 42:8]. The Holy Spirit is the Shekhinah and is a name that was clothed with Esther.

The sages of the Mishnah say: It is said of the Matronita: and His kingdom rules over all [Psalms 103:19]. After Esther put on [royal apparel/Malkhut] she ruled over Ahasuerus and his people, and it is said of them, [But the other Jews that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves together, and defended their lives, and had rest from their enemies,] and killed of their foes (seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the spoil) [Esther 9:16]. If you say that [Ahasuerus] mated with her, perish the thought, though they were in the same house. Rather it was like Joseph of whom it says, and she [the wife of potiphar] laid out בִּגְדוֹ his garment, by her [Genesis 39:16]. בִּגְדוֹ his garment – this is like treacherous dealers have dealt very בָּגָדוּ treacherously [Isaiah 24:16]. There is a great mystery here, which is why אֶסְתֵּר Esther, is derived from סֵתֶר [seter] secret, as written, You are סֵתֶר a hiding place, for me [Psalms 32:7], since the Shekhinah hid her from Ahasuerus and gave him a female demon instead while she returned to Mordechai’s arm. And Mordechai, who knew the explicit Name and the seventy tongues, did all this with wisdom [cf. BT Sanhedrin 17a: We appoint to the Sanhedrin only men of great stature and appearance, who are wise, old, understand witchcraft, and know all seventy languages, so that the court of justice will not need to hear testimony through an interpreter]” (Ra’aya Meheimna Ki Tetze, cf. Zohar 2:277a).

The Abomination of Egypt

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“Rabbi Chiya began by quoting: And in the first month on the fourteenth day of this month, a Passover offering to YHWH [Numbers 28:16]. Why is the paschal sacrifice a lamb? The Egyptians worshipped the lamb, which was one of their gods, for they worshipped the constellation Aries. Come and see: It is written: For the abomination of Egypt we shall sacrifice to YHWH [Exodus 8:22]. What is the abomination of Egypt? Could it be that because it is hateful to them it is called the abomination of Egypt? On the contrary, it is called the abomination of Egypt because it is the Egyptians’ idol and their god. It is similarly written: The abhorrent things of these nations [Deuteronomy 18:9].

Come and see the wisdom of Joseph, as is written: And from the pick of his brothers he took five men (and presented them to Pharaoh) [Genesis 47:2], and he taught them to say, ‘Your servants are shepherds’ [Ibid. 3]. And would a king who was ruler over the country and who was like a father to the king have done such a thing to his brothers to make them hate them and not show them consideration [for every shepherd is abhorrent to Egypt (Genesis 46:34)]? But in reality the abomination of Egypt is what their idol and their god was called. Therefore is it written: For the abomination of Egypt we shall sacrifice to YHWH [Exodus 8:22].

Joseph said to himself: All the best of Egypt is the land of Raamses, and this part of the country they set aside for their idols, for them to be pastured and go to their hearts’ delight. And all the Egyptians consider those who tend their idols as gods themselves. [Therefore] I shall arrange it so that my brothers inherit that country, and the Egyptians shall bow down to them, and will accord them proper treatment, and this is what is written: For every shepherd is abhorrent to Egypt [Genesis 46:34]. [For this reason] they will treat them as their god.

Rabbi Yose said: Haven’t we learned, just as the blessed Holy One punishes idolaters, so will He punish idolatry itself [cf. BT Avodah Zarah 54b]? If this is so, why did Joseph make his brothers into idols? He replied to him: Joseph did not make his brothers into idols but into rulers over the idolatry of the Egyptians, and thus subdued their idolatry under their hand so that they would smite it with the rod. Joseph said: If my brothers control their idolatry, then how much better that they will have rule over them themselves, which is why he settled them in the best of the country and made them rulers over all the land.

And so, why is the paschal sacrifice a lamb? The answer is because a lamb was the idol and god of the Egyptians. Said the blessed Holy One: From the tenth of the month, take the fear of the Egyptians, capture and bind it and let it be imprisoned and hold it in your keeping one day, and two, and three days, and on the fourth day carry out its sentence, and assemble over it.

And when Egypt heard the voice of their idol which was being held by Israel, and they were unable to rescue it, they cried and it was as difficult for them as though they themselves had been tied up for the kill. Said the blessed Holy One: Let it be in your possession day after day for four days, so that they may see it when it is bound and imprisoned, and on the fourth day, bring it out to be killed and let the Egyptians see how you enact judgment on it. And this was harder for them to bear than all the plagues that the blessed Holy One brought on them.

Subsequently, they cast it into the fire, as it is written: Their images you shall burn in fire [Deuteronomy 7:5]. Said the blessed Holy One: Do not eat from it raw (nor in any way cooked in water, but fire-roasted…) [ Exodus 12:9] so that they will not say: They were so desirous of, and had such a longing for our idol that they ate it [insufficiently roasted]. But it was decreed that it should be eaten roasted and not boiled, for had it been boiled it would have been covered [under the water of the pan] and they would not have seen it, but its correction is that they should see it like this when it is being burnt in the fire, since its odor then spreads.

Moreover, its head bent to its legs so that they should not say that it was some animal or other thing, but that they should recognize it as their idol. Moreover, it was not to be eaten out of lust, but on a full stomach by way of disgrace and contempt. Moreover, and no bone shall you break in it [Numbers 12:46], but they should see its bones cast into the marketplace and be unable to rescue it. For this reason it is written: YHWH had dealt punishment to their gods [Exodus 33:4] – many judgments. Moreover, your staff in your hand [Exodus 12:11], but not a sword, spear, nor any other instrument of war [in order to demonstrate that you are not afraid of them]…

Rabbi Yehuda said: We have already learned that the Egyptians worshipped the constellation of Aries, which is why they worshipped the lamb. Rabbi Yose said: If that is so, they should have worshipped a ram rather than a lamb. He answered him: They worshipped them all. But the constellation of Aries ascends and descends: as a ram then like a lamb, for which reason they worshipped them all. He said to him: What I have heard is that every large animal was an idol for them, which is why the blessed Holy One killed all the firstborn of the cattle. And we have already learned that these were the rungs on high [of impurity], which are so called.

Joseph said, the best of the land of Egypt, which is Raamses – and this is the land that they set aside for their idol to pasture in to its heart’s content. And all the Egyptians considered those who tend their idols as themselves idols. And this is why Joseph requested from Pharaoh [the land of Raamses to tend their flocks], in order to place his brothers in control over the gods, of Egypt, so that they should be subjugated under them as slaves under their king, and that all of them should be subjugated under the name of יהוה on their part, and that none should rule in the world excepting the name יהוה, and that all the appointed chieftains should also be subjugated to Him.

And to show them that He will in the future punish them, it is written: and from all the gods, of Egypt I will exact retributions: I am YHWH [Exodus 12:12], because they mislead mankind and make themselves divine; and since the appointee of the ram [Amun-Ra] is greater than the appointees of the other gods, the blessed Holy One commanded Israel: Let every man take a lamb for a father’s house, a lamb for a household [Exodus 12:3, דָם blood, together with טָלֶה lamb, which is the sign of Aries, has a gematria of 44, and alludes to מַאְדִים Mars]; and He gave them control over it, and they took hold of it as they did for one day, and for two and three days, and subsequently they brought it out for judgments before the eyes of all Egypt, to demonstrate that their god is at Israel’s disposal to enact judgment on it.

Therefore is it written: Do not eat from it raw [Exodus 12:9], so that it should be judged in the roasting fire. And He commanded that its bones be cast with contempt into the marketplace, wherefore is it written: And no bone shall you break in it [Ibid.46]. And He commanded that on the fourth day, after it had been bound for three days, judgment be enacted upon it. And this was harder for them than all the plagues with which the blessed Holy One smote them through the Faithful Shepherd [Moses]. Furthermore, He commanded that it not be eaten with appetite. And immediately on their seeing its bones in the marketplace and being unable to rescue it, this was the most difficult thing for them. Furthermore, it is said about them: and your staff in your hand [Ibid.11], to subdue all the idols of Egypt under their hands. And since their gods are the first-born of the chieftains, it is written: (And it happened at midnight that) YHWH struck down every firstborn (in the land of Egypt, from the first born of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and every first born of beasts) [Ibid.29]” (Ra’aya Meheimna Pinhas).

Acacia

0049744.002“For a tree has hope: though cut down, it can still be removed, and it’s shoots will not cease” (Job 14:7).

“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree, and the pine, and the box tree together” (Isaiah 41:19).

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth from the house of YHWH, and shall water the Wadi שִׁטִּים Shiṭṭim; Valley of Acacia” (Joel 4:18, cf. Ezekiel 47:1-12).

“Jacob our father planted at the time he descended to Egypt. He said, ‘My sons, eventually you will be redeemed from this place, and the blessed Holy One will say to you: ‘You will be redeemed,’ so that you may build a sanctuary for Him. Therefore, go plant שִׁטִּים acacia, trees now so that when He commands you to erect a sanctuary for Him, beams of שִׁטִּים acacia, will be available. Immediately they arose and planted as he had commanded them to do” (Tanḥuma 1:9, cf. Bereshit Rabbah 94:4; ibn Ezra on Exodus 25:5).

Dark and Beautiful

66“I am dark, daughters of Jerusalem, and I am beautiful! Dark as tents of Kedar, lavish as Solomon’s tapestries. Do not see me only as dark: the sun has stared at me” (Song of Songs 1:5).

“And Miriam, and Aaron with her, spoke against Moses concerning the כֻּשִׁית Cushite, wife he had taken, for he had taken a Cushite wife” (Numbers 12:1).

“Moses’ wife was called the כֻּשִׁית Cushite, because of her beauty, as a man would call his handsome son ‘כֻּשִׁית Cushite’ to negate the power of the evil eye [cf. Genesis 20:2: And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, ‘She is my sister’]” (Tanḥuma Tsav 13, cf. Midrash Tehillim 7:18; Rashi).

“This is customary: a black person may be called white, employing a euphemism; and sometimes white is called black, as is written: for he had taken a Cushite wife [Numbers 12:1]; Are you not as children of the Cushites to Me, (O children of Israel? says YHWH. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?) [Amos 9:7]” (Zohar 2:130a).

And Miriam, and Aaron with her, spoke against Moses concerning the כֻּשִׁית Cushite, wife he had taken, for he had taken a Cushite wife [Numbers 12:1]. Was she a Cushite? Was not her name Zipporah? But as a Cushite woman is distinguishable by her skin so was also Zipporah distinguished by her deeds. In like manner you explain: Now Ebed-Melek the Cushite . . . heard [Jeremiah 39:16]. Now was his name Cushite? Was not his name Zedekiah? But as the Cushite is distinguishable by his skin so was Zedekiah distinguished by his deeds. In like manner you explain: Are you not as children of the Cushites to Me? [Amos 9:7]. Now is their name [children of] Cushites? Was not their name [children of] Israel? The truth is that as the Cushite is distinguishable by his skin, so are Israel distinguished by their ways from all other nations” (BT Mo’ed Qatan 16b).

I am dark but beautiful [Song of Songs 1:5], the speculum that does not shine [Shekhinah], but Father and Mother adorned Her so that Her husband [Tif’eret/Moses] be pleased with Her” (Zohar 1:49b).

“Your joy shall be like His joy when He will come to redeem the Shekhinah, and He like a bride groom from His canopy comes [Psalms 19:6]. For Her garments in exile are dark, and when she wears them she says, Do not see me only as dark [Song of Songs 1:6]” (Ra’aya Meheimna Ki Tetze).

This Doe has a Narrow Womb

ImageDo you observe the calving of does? [Job 39:1]. This doe has a narrow vagina. When she crouches to give birth, I prepare a נָחָשׁ serpent, which bites the vagina and she is loosened of her offspring. If it comes one second too soon or one second too late, she immediately dies” (BT Bava Batra 16b, cf. Zohar 2:111b). נָחָשׁ serpent, שָׂטָן adversary, and מָשִׁיחַ Messiah, share a gematria.

“Rabbi Shim’on said, ‘There is one doe on earth, and the blessed Holy One does so much for her. When she cries out, the blessed Holy One hearkens to her anguish. And when the world is in need of mercy, for water, she cries aloud and the blessed Holy One listens and then feels compassion for the world, as is written As the deer, yearns for streams of water [Psalms 42:2]. When she needs to give birth, she is totally constricted; then she puts her head between her knees, crying out and screaming, and the blessed Holy One feels compassion for her and provides her with a serpent who bites her genitalia, opening and tearing that place, and immediately she gives birth.’ Rabbi Shim’on said, ‘Concerning this matter, do not ask and do not test’” (Zohar 2:52b).

“And in the first month… (a Passover offering to YHWH) [Numbers 28:16]. Rabbi Abba opened, כְּאַיָּל As the deer, yearns for streams of water [Psalms 42:2]. We have already learned this verse [Zohar 2:52b], and although it contains masculine and feminine, it is all one, for the word אַיָּל deer, is masculine, while the verb תַּעֲרֹג yearns, is feminine, and although the subject and the verb should agree in gender, יַעֲרֹג ‘he yearns,’ is not written because it is all one.

What is אַיֶּלֶת הַשַּׁחַר morning star (lit., dawn doe) [Psalms 22:1]? This is a certain compassionate animal [Malkhut] and among all the animals of the world there is none compassionate like her, for when time is pressing and she needs nourishment for herself and for all the animals she goes to a distant place, far away, and comes, bringing food, but does not herself want to eat until she returns to her place. Why is this so? So that all the other animals will collect together by her, and she distributes from that food to them. And when she comes, all the other animals do indeed collect around her, and she stands in the middle, and allocates to each one of them. And the sign is in the verse: She gets up while it is still night and provides nourishment for her house and a portion for her young women [Proverbs 31:15]. And from what she gives to them she is herself satiated, as if she had eaten more food than all of them [cf. BT Pesahim 112a, in the name of Rabbi Akiva: More than the calf wants to suck, the cow wants to suckle]. And when the morning, which is called שַּׁחַר dawn, arrives, the pangs of the exile come to her, and this is why she is called doe of the dawn after the blackness of the morning, for she has pangs as a woman giving birth, as it is written: Like a woman with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs [Isaiah 26:17].

When does she distribute to them? This is when the morning is just about to come, but it is still night, and the blackness departs for the illumination, as it is written: She gets up while it is still night and provides nourishment for her house [Proverbs 31:15]. But by the time it is morning, they are all satiated with her food. And then a certain voice awakens in the midst of the firmament and calls out aloud, saying: Let those who are near, go to their places; let those who are far, leave. Let each one gather to his rightful place. And by the time the sun shines, each one is gathered to its place, as it is written: When the sun comes up, they head home (and in their dens they lie down) [Psalms 104:22]. And she departs during the day, and is revealed at night, and distributes [food] in the morning, which is why she is called doe of the dawn.

Subsequently, she grows stronger and leaves, and is called אַיָּל deer [namely, a masculine form]. Where does she go? She goes sixty parasangs from the place that she left and she enters into the mountain of darkness. As she goes into the mountain of darkness, a certain labyrinthine serpent sniffs at her feet and follows her, and she ascends from there to the mountain of light. When she reaches there, the blessed Holy One arranges for her another serpent, who goes forth and they fight each other, and she is saved. And from there she takes food, and returns to her place by midnight. And from midnight on, she begins the distribution, until the blackness of the morning arises. And when the morning gives light, she goes from there and is no longer visible, as we have learned. And when the world is in need of rain, all the other animals collect near her, and she goes up to the top of a high mountain, puts her head between her knees, and cries out with one long cry after another. And the blessed Holy One hears her voice, and is overcome with compassion and has pity on the world. And she comes down from the top of the mountain, and runs to hide herself. And all the other animals run after her, but do not find her. This is as it is written: As a deer yearns for streams of water.

What is streams of water? This refers to those water brooks that have dried up, and the world is thirsty for water. Then she yearns. When she conceives, she is closed up, but when the time comes for her to give birth, she shouts and cries out, cry after cry, up to seventy shouts, as the number of words in the psalm: May YHWH answer you on the day of distress [Psalms 20:2], which is the song of this pregnant one. And the blessed Holy One hears her, and arranges for her a certain large serpent who emerges from the mountains of darkness, and comes between the mountains, its mouth licking the dust and it reaches this doe and comes and bites it twice in the same place. On the first occasion, blood comes, and the serpent licks it. On the second occasion water comes out, and all those animals of the mountains drink, and she herself is opened and gives birth. And a sign for you is the verse: And Moses raised his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice and abundant water came out, and the community, with its beasts, drank [Numbers 20:11]. The blessed Holy One has pity on her because of what the serpent did, as it is written: YHWH’s voice brings on the birth-pangs of does and lays bare the forests. And in His palace all says glory [Psalms 29:9]. YHWH’s voice brings on the birth-pangs of does – the pangs and pains that give rise to those seventy shouts. And then follows: and lays bare the forests in order to awaken that serpent, and reveal the animal to go amongst them. And in His palace - what does this mean? It refers to the temple of the blessed Holy One [Malkhut], in which all those multitudes open and say: Glory! What is meant by glory? It refers to: Blessed be the glory of YHWH from His place [Ezekiel 3:12]…

One might suggest that after seventy [years] she will feel [birth-pangs], and in two years she will give birth [note the gematria of שַׁבָּת Sabbath, is 702] one thousand and two hundred years after [the destruction of the temple, that is to say, after the end of the fifth millennium, which is all destruction, and a further two hundred years into the sixth millennium, and seventy years for the birth-pangs, and two years for the birth itself] coming to the year 272 [in the sixth millennium]. But it is written: Before she travailed, she brought forth; (before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child) [Isaiah 66:7]. And the secret of the matter is contained in the verse: And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear [Isaiah 65:24]. And what is the meaning of before? Before the completion of the seventy years and the two years following the passing of one thousand and two hundred years, the birth-pangs, two Messiahs will be revealed to the world [Son of Joseph/Ephraim, and then Son of David]. And at that time: And in His palace all says glory [Psalms 29:9]. And it has already been taught: The wise inherit כָּבוֹד glory [Proverbs 3:35]. And at that time, those Torah sages will be respected, those who suffered pangs and travails as a woman in labor, and who were despised by the ignorant; they will be honored. And immediately: YHWH was enthroned at the flood [Psalms 29:10] on account of the wicked. Flood – judgments of the flood, when All the wellsprings of the great deep burst (and the casements of the heavens were opened) [Genesis 7:11], at the time of the flood. So, too, judgments will rise over them above and below, with no end. And every contempt and disgrace shown by the idolatrous nations of the world towards YHWH and His people and the many insults that Israel suffered from them for the sake of Lord’s Name – for all of them the blessed Holy One will exact vengeance, and therefore, as far as they are concerned, [God is jealous, and YHWH avenges;YHWH avenges, and is furious; (YHWH will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies) [Nahum 1:2].

And on… the first month [Numbers 28:16]. What is the first month? It is Nisan, which is when that animal gave birth to [the lights of redemption], in accord with the teaching of the sages of Mishnah [BT Rosh ha-Shanah 11a]: In the month of Nisan they were redeemed, and in the month of Nisan they will be redeemed [נִיסָן Nisan, is the month of נִסִים nisim miracles]. And this is with His יָד hand [gematria 14, according to the secret of the verse:] And he said, ‘For יָד hand, upon Yah’s throne: (War for YHWH against Amalek from all time) [Exodus 17:16], when He swore to remove the seed of Esau, Amalek, from the world. At that time: מִשְׁכוּ draw out, and take yourselves sheep according to your clans and slaughter the Passover offering [Exodus 12:21], [where the meaning of] מִשְׁכוּ draw out, is as in the verse: מָשַׁךְ יָדוֹ he stretched out his hand, with scoffers [Hosea 7:5].

At that time, thus said YHWH: ‘to the rulers who transgressed against Me: neither shall they enter into the land of Israel [Ezekiel 13:9], and this refers to the shepherds of the flock, the supporters of the generation. Wherefore it is said about them: Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her [Hosea 2:16]. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face. Like I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I enter into judgment with you, says YHWH God [Ezekiel 20:35-36], [namely] whom He killed in the plague of darkness” (Zohar 3:249a-b, cf.  Ra’aya Meheimna Acharei Mot).

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