Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Geulat Mitzraim to Yemot HaMoshiach

Parallels Between Geulat Mitzraim and the Timing of Yemot HaMoshiach

In Parshat Tazria, the Torah tells us that a woman that gives birth is in a state of tumah after birth for a certain amount of time, followed by a period of "dam tohar", pure blood. It is assumed that this blood is not nidah blood, and therefore tahor (not halachah l'maaseh in our days).

  • For a baby boy, there are 7 days in tumah, followed by 33 days of dam tohar.
  • The total of these days is 40.

Let us assume that these 40 days actually scale to the 6000 years of human history, each day being 150 years.

  • 7 * 150 = 1050 years of tumah
  • 33 * 150 = 4950 years of dam tohar

The Torah says that during the 33 days, the woman is not to touch anything holy, and is not to come to the Beit HaMikdash. But it does not say this in regard to the 7 days. That is the hint. During the other 7 days (1050 years), the opposite applies. (Obviously a woman who is tamei cannot come to the Mikdash, but we are not talking pshat here)

The 1050 years, being years of tumah, require a tikun, which is not true for the 4950 years. This tumah receives its tikun from the status known in Kabbalah as Gadlut of Zeir Anpin. The Ramchal defines Gadlut as the time of the Batei Mikdash as well as the time of Matan Torah.

  • We know that Matan Torah took place in a relatively short period of time, so let us chalk that up as 1 year.
  • The 1st Beit HaMikdash stood 410 years.
  • The 2nd Beit HaMikdash, per the Tosefot, stood 421 years.
  • Per our calendar, we consider that humans began to exist in year 2. So therefore, the tikun would be sometime between 2 and 6001.

1050 - 410 (1st Beit HaMikdash) = 640

640 - 421 (2nd Beit HaMikdash) = 219

219 - 1 (Matan Torah) = 218

6001 - 218 = 5783 From this we can see that 5783 is destined to be the beginning of the final Gadlut period, which the Ramchal refers to as Yemot HaMoshiach. This is confirmed per the sod of the GR"A in Sifra Ditzniuta, that the time of Yemot HaMoshiach is equal to Ateret HaYesod during the 6th millenium.

This tells us that Galut Edom is to end in 5783.

That is to say that Galut Edom lasts from 3830 until 5783 = 1953 years. And see, 1953 is equal to 7 times 279. The Gematria of "days of purity" is 279. The last leg of the 4950 years of "days of purity" is 1953 years long. Why is it multiplied by 7? This is a method of calculation used in the Zohar Chadash for the length of punishment for our sins, see Zohar Chadash Maamar Mechirat Yosef.

We can now see the total years in Am Yisrael's history that the Beit HaMikdash didn't stand:

  • 480 years (from Yetziat Mitzraim until Bayit Rishon, see Melachim A 6:1)
  • 70 years (Galut Bavel)
  • 1953 years (Galut Edom)
  • Total = 2503 years

Per the Mishneh Torah Hilchot Shmitah v'Yovel chapter 10, 2503 was the year before the Shmitah and Yovel count started. There is a secret to this. The world as a whole had 2503 years to become prepared for Am Yisrael's settling in to Eretz Yisrael. Due to one (or more than one) of the sins done between Mechirat Yosef until the Sin of the Spies (which are related, as is known), the world was not ready, but history played out in this way in order to show us the big picture. When Am Yisrael caused the 2503 years to be nullified, a new count of 2503 years began, 2503 years of Galut (where Galut includes Yetziat Mitzraim until Bayit Rishon).

Does this not, however, create a paradox? How can we say that 2503 has any significance based on history as we know it? The answer is that we have hints in Chazal on certain decrees regarding the timeline. Take, for example, Eldad and Meidad, who, per the tradition, prophesied Moshe's death in the desert and that Yehoshua would bring Am Yisrael in to Eretz Yisrael. How can this be, if Moshe had yet to sin, and the Sin of the Spies had not taken place? But rather, we see that on some level, there was already a decree, akin to Daniel 9.

If we say that the 1953 years of Galut Edom will complete these 2503 Years of Preparation, then let us line up the two.

2504 (the first year after Preparation) therefore aligns with 5783.

We then have a few significant years to look at, namely new beginnings:

  • 2448 - The Pekidah, Moshe goes to Pharoah.
  • 2449 - Yetziat Mitzraim
  • 2489 - The Entrance to Eretz Yisrael and the beginning of the 7 Years of Conquering. This marks the rise of Yehoshua to leader of Am Yisrael.
  • 2496 - The beginning of 7 Years of Division
  • 2504 - The beginning of the Shmitah and Yovel count

  • 2448 corresponds to 5727, the Six Day War
  • 2449 corresponds to 5728, nothing of note. But let us remember that Geulat Mitzraim was in Chipazon, what isn't so by the last Geulah, see Yeshayahu 52:12. This is one of the sodot of that pasuk: Except for by way of teshuvah, which was attainable in 5728, there would be no geulah in that 5728.
  • 2489 corresponds to 5769
  • 2496 corresponds to 5776 (A Yovel year, as I have written before)
  • 2504 corresponds to 5783

It should be noted that the last 3 dates are all Motzaei Shevi'it, just like all of the originals are "beginnings" of 7 year cycles. There is of course a strong relation between Yehoshua bin-Nun and the concepts of Moshiach ben Yosef and Kibbutz Galuyot.

Per our tradition, the year 2448 was the year of the Pekidah. The end of Shemot chapter 2 describes Hashem remembering Am Yisrael, and as is made explicit in chapter 3, this was the Pekidah. How does this relate to 5727?

Per the Zohar Chadash, Maamar Darach Kokhav miYaakov, the year 5727 was the year 60 spoken of in the Zohar VaYera, page 119a (which is called a Pekidah).

At the time of the End of Days, according to the hour of the day, at the time that the sun shines, from the 6th Day, at the time that is ready according to the count of years, of Yovel and Shmitah together, which is רע"ד from the 6th Day.

It is written that it will be at רע"ד from the 6th day. רע"ד is the Gematria of 274. "From" means to count from the end of the 6th day. 6000 - 274 = 5726. But the Zohar does not count according to our system, with Shnat HaTohu, where Adam HaRishon is born in year 2, but rather the Zohar counts according to the Seder Olam Rabba. We must add a year. 5726 + 1 = 5727.

Furthermore, it is written there that Yovel and Shmitah will fall in the same year. Yovel, I have explained elsewhere, last happened in the year 5727.

What we have here is that from the Pekidah until the Geulah-that-wasn't is a total of 56 years: 2448 - 2504. So too in our days, from the Pekidah until the Geulah-that-will-be is 56 years, 5727 - 5783.

Postscript:

We have explained the 1050, but defining 4950 is a bit more difficult. It is the sum total of the Ibbur and Katnut of Zeir Anpin. As far as the math is concerned, it is the sum of two numbers.

As I said before, we must count from 6001. 6001 - 1050 is really 4951.

4951 - 2503 (where 2503 is the total years of Katnut) = 2448 (the year of Pekidah).

That is to say that 4951 is the sum of the years until the Pekidah and the years until the Geulah-that-wasn't.

8 comments:

  1. Why is each day equal to 50 years?

    Isn't each day equal to 41.67 years? (1000/24=41.67)

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  2. 1000/24 is hours, and is supported by a calculation in the Zohar Chadash as I posted in the last few days. But 1000/12 is also hours. Don't think too much in absolutes, there is no contradiction.

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  3. B"H

    I was going to dismiss this at the beginning, but I must say - you really put a nice piece together...

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  4. B"H

    The Lag Ba Omer is part of the secret of redemption. Just like every day in the Omer is correcting one Middah, so does each year affect a specific Tikkun.

    5769 is the Tikkun of:
    6th Millenium (out of 7 total) = Yesod
    8th Century (out of 10 total) - Hod
    7th Decade (out of 10 total) = Netzach
    10th Year (out of 10 total) = Malchut

    So 5769 is the tikkun of Malchut of Netzach of Hod of Yesod.

    5770 is Keter of Hod of Hod of Yesod.

    Since the beginning of the 6th Millenium (around the time of the Rambam and R. Avraham Abulafia), which is the millenium of the Tikkun of Yesod, we have never yet gotten to the point of Hod shebe Hod.

    Hod of Hod in Sefiras HaOmer is Lag BaOmer as the Alter Rebbe brings in the Siddur with Da"Ch, Shaar HaLag BaOmer that Hod of Hod is Gmar HaTikkun which is why the majority of the tikkun of Sefirah is over by Lag BaOmer.

    This makes 5770 a Gmar HaTikkun, every thing happening from there is happening "Bemeila..."

    And according to R. Yehoshua, 5770 starts in Nissan, so we are Bemachshava already in 5770 and this aspect of Gmar HaTikkun.

    But I'm not just walking for someone to come around and say "Hi, I'm Moshiach, let's go to Yisroel." Even though I accept the fact that this is possible any day.

    But I do know that becomes the Geulah is now, then Hashem made it possible for me to be mench, if only I want to be. which means now it is very possible to be a Tzadik and hence experience Geulah Pratis at least.

    And that is already a geulah. Remember that there is a Geulah happening 3 times a day - at each Tefillah. We just have to know how to take advantage of it - here is the key - Ahavat Yisroel, which means MEsirus Nefesh - giving up your own Retzonos to other people's Retzonos - like your wife and kids, or any other Jew. This is the connection between R. Akiva (the Rashbi therefore as well), Lag BaOmer, Gmar HaTikkun, and the peulah that brouhgt Mpshiach - Ahavat Yisroel.

    Yechi HaMelech HaMoshiach

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  5. You seem to be painting the target around the arrow with the Hod shebeHod, since you are davka holding only by centuries and decades, and not including single years, which would be every century.

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  6. B"H

    I probably didn't explain myself correctly (wouldn't be the first time...)

    I am counting the centuries and decades and years, each is out of a total 10 so we count from Keter to Malchut, only the millenia (which there are only a total of 7 not 10) we are counting from chessed to Malchut.

    Hod of Hod is a really big deal - The Alter Rebbe calls it Gmar HaTikkun, and it is definiftely reached at 5770.

    By the way, I completely agree that the Geulah is a process - and everything you said above makes a lot of sense to me, it's just another siman along the way.

    The main thing is spreading the pnimiyut haTorah.

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  7. With all due respect, understanding history and the course of tikkun is far more complicated than simple base ten cycles.

    Hod of Hod is important because it is 2/3. The 2/3 point is not in the year 5770.

    The 2/3 point during the count of Yesod is 2 motzaei shviit years after now, as this post implies.

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