Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

"The Great Redemption"

The Visitation: Ch. 4

As a consequence of all that, a great wealth of light will flow from above that will grow mightier and mightier. Don't forget, though, that Heaven and Earth would only have been *temporarily* reconnected at that point. Since we'd only be in midst of The Visitation -- the fourth stage of it, by this point -- rather than in the more advanced Remembrance epoch.

Nonetheless, "Don’t think ... that The Visitation itself won't have accomplished anything because it would have been so brief and ephemeral", as Ramchal puts it, for you'd be selling it short. It will indeed have its aftereffects. For one thing, the sorts of "stirrings for redemption and repentance among the Jewish Nation" we'd cited earlier on will come into play in this fourth stage.

Something will be touched off in the Jewish heart at that point. For "the soul ... would have escaped from its prison" for a time. And that will inspire us all to look forward to redemption and to drawing close to G-d.

A certain inexplicable inner incandescence will come to the fore, and all our most lofty, most inherently, essential Jewish hopes will be regenerated. We'll dream of holiness and of experiencing the sort of true freedom that the angels enjoy in the heavens, rather than the kind we know of here. Odd and inscrutable longings for holiness will come upon us which we'll have no rational explanations for, and a curious sense of homesickness will overtake our beings for a time.

In fact, all that will come about because the Shechina will have heard a "voice" in the distance at that point -- “The voice of my Beloved ... leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills” (Song of Songs 2:8), coming to the rescue, if you will.

But those sorts of deep, close-to-the-bone reactions will close off on their own soon enough, sad to say. And a certain "darkness (will) follow it, in the course of which the Torah will come to be forgotten more and more, every hand will weaken, and each arm will become feeble". For "the remediation and repair will not (yet) have come in full". And the spirit's heart will have broken, so to speak.


Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Harnessing Powers
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Payment in Full
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

A Lesson About Our Psyche
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

> How We Suffer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Soft Sell
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5763

The Secret to Rebuke
Shlomo Katz - 5772

ArtScroll

Replaced with Genuine Joy!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

The Real $24,000 Question
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Table of Contents
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Look Deeper
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Utilizing our Gifts Properly
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Elusive Allusions
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

The World Within
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

The Purpose of the Fifth Book
Shlomo Katz - 5767



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information