The Great Redemption
The Rectified World: Ch. 4
As we said, the side of impurity hates the whole idea of the forces of
goodness reconnecting with each other and bringing about peace, and it
does whatever it can to undo that. But it has its limitations --
thankfully. In fact, limitations and constrictions (as well as disorder)
lie at the heart of unholiness, as we'll see and as we already learned.
In any event and despite impurity's opposition, "everything will continue
on with great happiness and love as the holy groupings grow stronger and
establish their rule", because "they’ll be joined in their roots". That's
to say that everything in the cosmos will be "home" again, so to speak,
together again, and in place. And there'll be a great sense of joy,
satisfaction, and sure growth as a consequence. For on even the highest,
sublimest levels there's no place like "home" in the end.
But as we indicated, the forces of impurity will stew in anger over that,
since "impurity is just the opposite". Rather than thrive when all parts
are together again, it does best when there's separation and discord, and
when "there’s no love, brotherhood, or unity ... whatsoever." "In fact,"
Ramchal adds, "only rifts and quarrels come about when (the forces of
impurity) gather", much the way a dysfunctional family of immense and
foreboding proportion would act. So, "wherever the peace of holiness is
found, a war of impurity is found as well" to thwart it.
Fortunately though, and by Divine plan of course, "when holiness is at
full strength", universal harmony "becomes much stronger", and "all of
creation enjoys rest and tranquility". But that will be stopped for a
while "when the husk darkens" the world, though it won't be stopped
forever. An ironically “peaceful sword” will emerge when impurity grows
too strong which will "overpower it and destroy it". "Everything will be
tranquil and at rest" once again, and "the world will be emended in great
Let's get back to the idea offered above that limitation, constrictions,
and disorder lie at the heart of unholiness though, because it touches
upon a fundamental truism about life. As Ramchal puts it, "Everything has
boundaries from which it never deviates"; in fact, "boundaries are (so)
important, (that) creation couldn’t exist without them". After all, if
there weren't boundaries and order, and everything sort of sloshed into
everything else instead, then in the end there'd be nothing left but a
terrible pool of pandemonium. On the other hand, though, if everything was
fixed in place forever and not allowed to free-float from time to time,
then the cosmos would be stiff and lifeless. So there has to be a perfect
balance of the two.
Now, because all that impurity wants to do "is to hold back the good",
it "bolsters itself so as to shut off the light (of holiness)" and to have
it "breach its boundaries" and come undone. That obviously threatens the
balance we spoke of. But "in the end of days, when everything will return
to a great (state of) emendation, those breaches will be undone" and
there'll be order again. Nonetheless, holiness's boundaries "will be
widened", and "all the Luminaries (i.e., the Sephirot) will draw very much
closer to each other .... and there won’t be so much of a need for
boundaries", since the Luminaries will have be drawn together just so. And
that will result in the perfect blend needed.
At that point "the Luminaries will accomplish their tasks nearly all at
once", the "capacity for peace would have become strong and joined
everything into a single unit" as a result, and "the Luminaries will all
work as one" and in perfect harmony. "All the luminaries will shine very
brightly" then, in fact they'll "be as strong as they’d been before once
the redemption comes about", they'll "irradiate revelation upon
revelation, light after light, and the light will be very great and
intense", and as the prophet put it, "G-d’s redeemed will return ... to
Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads ... and (all) sorrow
and sighing will flee” (Isaiah 35:10).
We'll now touch upon the final esoteric themes Ramchal brings up to end
Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.