I will Hasten it in its Time

by tillerofthesoil

Brown_Turkey“Rabbi Yoḥanan 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).

Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard [Genesis 9:20]. Rabbi Yehudah and Rabbi Yose. One said, ‘It was banished from the Garden of Eden, and he planted it here.’ The other said, ‘It was in the earth and he uprooted it, then transplanted it. That same day it yielded fruit, blossoming into grapes; he squeezed them, drank of the wine and became drunk.’

Rabbi Shim’on said, ‘There is a mystery here in this verse. When he sought to probe the sin probed by Adam – not to cling but to know, to mend the world – he was incapable. He squeezed grapes to probe that vineyard [Shekinah], but as soon as he arrived, he became drunk and exposed himself [ibid., 21], and was powerless to rise. So, he exposed himself, exposing the breach of the world that had been closed [when, after his sin, Adam returned to God]. Inside אָהֳלֹה his tent [ibid.] – spelled with a ה [rather than the normal masculine possessive suffix ו, thus we read]: Inside אֹהֱלָה her tent, the tent of that vineyard” (Zohar 1:73a).

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 [Isaiah 60:22] – 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).

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