"The Great Redemption"
Exile: Ch. 10
We've depicted our state of exile so far, and projected forward to the
great and glorious end when all will be right and in place. We'll soon
offer the actual playing out of the redemption itself, but let's first
offer Ramchal's stirring words of encouragement extended at the very
beginning of "The Great Redemption".
At bottom, his point is simple: Take heart! The Moshiach will come! All
will be as had been promised! But let's see how he put it.
Ramchal depicts our people as always having had a motto of sorts
throughout the exile, derived from this verse: “Do not rejoice for my
sake, my enemy! For though I fell, I arose; when I sit in darkness, G-d
(Himself) is my light!” (Micha 7:8). For even though "many mighty and
prodigious things will have to transpire and a great deal of preparations
will have to be made before the redemption can come about", in the end
there will indeed come a time when "everyone will see and know for himself
that 'G-d has wrought great miracles for us' (Psalms 126:3)".
Nonetheless, despite this attitude there were admittedly times when
we "thought that G-d was hiding His countenance from (us) or had forsaken"
us. In truth, we're told though, that "He was actually preparing goodness
and blessings for (us)" all along! "For each and every moment" in the long
course of the exile, G-d "was preparing immeasurably far-reaching and vast
storehouses for (us), and setting priceless, precious, and captivating
wealth and kingly treasure troves within those storehouses."
And those vast treasurehouses will "be opened up in the great halcyon days
to come, when all sorts of exquisite things will cascade out of them and
be handed over to the Jewish Nation in recompense for all the arduous
things (we) had to endure in exile".
It's clear, though, that Ramchal isn't referring to any sort of material
effulgence pouring down upon us from the heavens, since he then says that
what G-d had stored was "all *the light* that didn’t shine upon the Jewish
Nation for all the years they were in exile that was to have shone had
never vanished". Indeed, that's what "will pour out in one fell swoop once
(those occult storehouses) are opened". We'll "experience a degree of joy
unlike any other" then, "and the world itself will be rectified (and
delight in) a state of tranquility and calm" then, too, "and there’ll be
no more sorrow".
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.