Sunday, July 10, 2005

"The Great Redemption" (5)

"The Great Redemption" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

-- A Discourse on The End of the Exile and the Beginning of the Great Redemption

Translated by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman


The third imperfection (brought on) was dreadful and frightening, for the Shechina was cast into exile (as a result, and had to dwell) among the ministering angels of impurity!

(In fact,) many powerful and mighty Luminaries accompanied Her there and were delivered into the hands of the husks (as a result)! It’s said about this mystery, “There are times when one man rules over another to his own disadvantage” (Ecclesiastes 8:9).

The second imperfection I’d cited (in Ch. 2) plays a role in this one, too. For when the husks took control of those Luminaries they drew emanation and might from them and grew very strong, as I explained. And that’s why they (i.e., the husks) enjoy “arrogance and an abundance of bread” (Ezekiel 16:49); why they say, “Our hands are raised high!”; and it’s why slaves lead their masters, in keeping with the verse that reads, “I have seen servants (riding) upon horses and princes going about like servants (walking behind them) upon the ground” (Ecclesiastes 10:7).

(c) 2005 Rabbi Yaakov Feldman

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