Friday, August 3, 2007

B'itah Achishenah

One of the more famous verses in Tanach regarding the Geulah is the last verse of chapter 60 in Yeshayahu: הקטן יהיה לאלף והצעיר לגוי עצום, אני ה' בעתה אחישנה The smallest one will be for a thousand and the young lad for a mighty nation, I am Hashem, in its time I will hasten it. The Gemara in Masechet Sanhedrin says: If they merit it, "I will hasten it"; if they don't merit it, "in its time". This division complements what I've written before. If we do sufficient Teshuvah we will be redeemed, and if not, it will still happen but only at its appointed time. It is pointed out in Kol HaTor, however, that is not the plain meaning of the verse. The second half of the verse has no conditions. In its time it will be hastened. This is a biblical promise that we will not have to wait until the very end, the year 6000. Kol HaTor further explains that the verse itself tells us what to do. When will the second half of the verse happen? After the first part of the verse happens. The smallest one will be a thousand? That means that we will reach the last level of one short of 1000, which is 999 in the level of Yesod. And the young lad will be a mighty nation? The young lad refers to Ephraim, a hint at Moshiach ben Yosef. When Moshiach ben Yosef will get us to the level that we are a mighty nation, this will have occurred. What is a mighty nation? In Egypt, we are described with this same word for mighty, and there we had 600,000 Jews. So once 600,000 Jews reach Israel, this will have been fulfilled.


  1. Sheri tells us she heard another interpretation of "In its time.....
    "In its time " means that the Messianic redemption will occur
    exactly at the pre-determined time.
    " I will hasten it" means that the
    catastrophic, terrifying, and heart wrenching occurrances just
    prior to the redemption could be
    diminished both the time period
    and the intensity by HKB'H if most
    of us enter into the teshuva process, and come close to Him.

  2. Sheri said..
    "There is still another interpretation that gives a completely different understanding to this phrase.
    HKB'H is saying to klal Yisrael:
    " I will hasten it in My time"
    Know that:
    "MY ways are not your ways"
    "My thoughts are not your thoughts"
    " I , not you will hasten it in My time"
    When all the enemies will come up against
    Jerusalem .......
    "In My time I will arise and they will be
    scattered and destroyed."
    "In MY time I will do quick work in the earth"
    "My time is perfect, it serves My purpose"
    "You will rejoice that you have waited for Me"

  3. Sheri tells us that the GR'A, the Vilna Goan is enphatic that the term B'itah Aheshenah (in its time I will hasten it) does not refer to Moshiach who comes from the line of Dovid Ha Melech, the right side, which is the side of Chesed. His coming will be a pure act of Chesed by HaKB'H,and does not depend on any actions of Klal Yisrael

  4. Sheri is right. If we look at the entire possuk, Yeshiahu 60:22, which states "a young lad shall become a thousand, in its time I will hasten it "is referring to Efraim, from the line of Yosef, who will be the forerunner of the Moshiach, who will accelerate the redemptive process, and fight in the war of gog u'magog.

  5. The last two comments are from the same computer. What is the purpose of this?