The Chosen Ones! Who Me?

We are the Chosen Ones. What does it mean to be chosen?

My wife wasn’t feeling well the other day and when I left to drop my son off at a play date, I told my daughter she was in charge while I was gone. She immediately said, “Then I’m the boss,” so I explained to her that it meant that she had to take responsibility while I was away (45 minutes), not that she could boss anyone around.

A leader leads by example, not by decree. And that goes the same for a people (the chosen ones). We have to take responsibility for what’s happening all around us and to personally work to fix it, without telling anyone else what to do.  If we can then inspire them to voluntarily help us, we will then be leaders.

We haven’t done that.  Moses did.  King David did.  The Baal Shem Tov did.  And a long list of tzaddikim understood that and did it on a smaller scales. But is anyone today doing it? Is anyone ready to step up?

The Geula (final redemption) will happen for those that are ready and have accepted the Tree-of-life reality, but for the majority it won’t, just like at Mt Sinai, as we’ve explained in numerous articles already. G-d provides cosmic windows for things to happen and either we’re ready and prepared for them, or we’re not.  No one can just appear and do the work for us.

Think about it, if that we’re the case, why make us wait? If we weren’t going to change on our own anyway, why wait until now, the year 2500 would have been just as good a time.

It’s not about waiting for Moshiach (the Messiah) to come; it’s about becoming like the Mashiach.  Those that have consciously accepted and prepare themselves for the Tree-of-life reality will step through it when the cosmic window opens.

But how do we reach the millions that don’t realize that, and are waiting for someone to do it for them? And if we don’t try to reach them, what does that say about whether we’ve fully embraced the Tree-of-life consciousness or understood the essence of the Torah, with its over-riding principle to love they neighbor as thyself.

We’ve been told Moshiach Ben Joseph will come first. Will he? It depends on us.  Any one of us can stand up and become the leader that the world needs.  If he steps up and takes responsibility, and inspires many others to follow and to take responsibility themselves, who would argue that he wouldn’t be Moshiach Ben Joseph.

Then the way will be paved for Moshiach Ben David to take us the rest of the way.

As the cosmic window of opportunity opens for us, someone needs to fulfill that mission, if not the 50th gate will close again.  Back at Sinai, in 2448, we were at the 49th gate, which not coincidentally was the 49th jubilee year (50-year Biblical period) since Adam.

As we finish our 5769th 9th of Av, we are reminded of the destruction of the First Holy Temple in 3338, 66.6 jubilee years after the sin of Adam, and are reminded of the darkness that comes from choosing the Tree-of-knowledge-of-good-and-evil over the tree-of-life.  Now, 66.6 jubilee years after the revelation and opportunity at Sinai, we face the choice again.  5778, the year known to the tzaddikim, is just around the corner.

When that 50th gate swings open will we go through as a tiny group, or as a whole people? Will we go through at all?

The First Holy Temple was destroyed in –422 BCE, and as readers of “The Divine Calendar” know, 422 is the gematria value of   “Seventy(70).” The Second Holy Temple was destroyed in 70 CE.  In 5778, the nation of Israel will be 70 years old, the age that King David died; will we go through the gate as a nation, or let fear, doubts, and hatred grip us as in the past?

We each have a choice to make.

It’s up to each of us to take responsibility and to step up, and for one of us to take it to heart and step higher, inspiring the rest of us to follow in his beautiful footsteps. Let’s all take that first step, and then the second to make it easier for him—9 years is not much time to work with and we all have a long way to go.

Let’s not waste anymore time.

Shabbat Shalom

Ezra

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The Final Redemption as Per the Zohar

As promised, here is what the Zohar has to say about the End of Days.

In our previous articles, we showed the correlation between what the Zohar says is the final 70 years of the tests of Israel and the 70 year time span from the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948 (5708) and year the tzaddikim have said Moshiach (the Messiah) and the geula (final redemption) are coming, 2018 (5778).

I still owe a full explanation to some of you as to why it’s 70 and not 72 years as mentioned once in the Zohar, but please note that any reference in the Zohar to the number 72, also refers to the 72 Names (triplets) and the Zohar has further explained that the 72 names are really 70 Names, and that moreover, within the 28 digits of the 5 core Torah elements (with their sum) that we’ve been analyzing in our last few articles there is not a single digit of number 2. The final 2 years of the 72 may represent the temporary coexistence of the 2 Trees as described below, but we’ll explore that possibility as we get deeper into the Zohar in subsequent articles.

That said in the next few portions of the Zohar, written 1900 years ago and translated below, Moses and Elijah explain to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai about what will happen at the time of the final redemption. Essentially, those that connect to the light of the Torah, and thus pass the tests, will enter the tree-of-life reality where the evil inclination was vanquished and where stripped of our selfish desires, we’ll see everything from positive side and thus find joy and pleasure and appreciation in everything and everyone. (This by the way, is our work during the exile, to try to find that same state on our own–or with the help of our faith and holy texts). But as for those that didn’t reach the tree-of-life reality, they will continue under the tree of knowledge of good and evil reality that we’ve been living under for the past few thousand years. In other words, they won’t realize anything has changed, will tell themselves that anyone who believed in the Moshiach (Messiah) was crazy, and be condemned to continue living and dying with their own negativity and selfish desires.

Zohar Portion Naso (Re’aya Meheimna) 91

The spirit of Moses is speaking to Rabbi Shimon about the end of days, explaining that the Tree of Life reality will be available then and for those accessing it, there will be no more Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, meaning no more evil inclination to tempt us with illusory desires and shade our vision so that we don’t realize fulfillment and true happiness:
“The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, prohibition or permission, purity or impurity, will no longer apply to the children of Israel, since our sustenance will be solely from the side of the Tree of Life, where there are no contradictions stemming from the evil side, nor any strife nor difference stemming from the unclean spirit, as written: ‘And also I will cause…the unclean spirit to pass out of the land’ (Zechariyah 13:2).”

In 92, he continues, explaining that those connected to the Torah will be transformed and no longer have to exist within the realm of the exile, where work was harder for them. They will exist is a separate realm, without be plagued by the impurities that made their existence so difficult throughout the ages. This suggests a complete separation, not of perception, but of absolute reality. It’s also suggested they those who do not transform and thus who remain in the impure state will return to their roots and face the snake all over again.

“The Torah scholars will not need to be sustained by the ignorant, just from the good by eating of the clean Kosher and permissible. They will not need to get it from the mixed multitudes, who eat the unclean, unfit, and prohibited, and who are themselves defiled by defiling themselves with..the children of Lilit,..and they return to their roots. About them, it is written: “For out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a viper” (Yeshayah 14:29)”

In 93 and 94, he continues, explaining that for past 5778 years, those that were connected to the Torah (righteousness) were dependant of everyone else, and had to draw their sustenance filtered through the impure world around them, even though they knew better, but once the Tree-of-Life reality arrives, all that will be reversed

“During the period that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil dominates, that pertains to the purity and impurity of worldly things, these sages—who are similar to the Shabbot and holidays in that they have only what is given to them by the worldly people—are like the Shabbat that has nothing except what was prepared for it during the weekdays.”

“During the time that the Tree-of-life dominates, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is subdued. The common people will not have anything except for what the Torah scholars hand out to them and they will be subdued like never before.”
In 95, he explains clearly that when the Mashiach ushers in the Tree-of-Life reality those unconnected to Torah and righteousness will not even realize that anything has changed; they will go on living in their world dominated by and slaves to the illusions of the evil inclination.
“Thus, prohibition and permission, purity and impurity will not pass away from the common people. From their aspect, there will be no apparent difference between the exile and the days of Moshaich [Messiah], except for the oppression of Israel by other kingdoms alone because they will not taste from the Tree-of-Life and they will need to learn (Mishnah), about what is prohibited and permissible, what is unclean and clean. They will be shamed in front of a Torah scholar like darkness before light, since the mixed multitudes are like beasts, who are ignorant, who are darkness and were not even called Israel, just slaves sold to Israel, as was already explained.”
It’s alluded to above that during the time of the split realities the forces of evil, driven by ignorance and desire for what the people of Israel have, they will close in on the nation of Israel, but yet they will be repelled by it as the darkness is repelled by the light.
Then in 98, he continues, referencing as we’ve explained in numerous articles the connection between the arrival of Mashiach (contained within the word Chamushim) and the counting of the Jubilee years (50 year intervals) from 2448 to 5778. He further emphasizes the separation that took place back at Mt Sinai, when the tree-of-life reality was last available to us, and the one that is coming.
“As the Holy One, blessed be He, divided them at Mount Sinai, so he will differentiate them at the last redemption, because it says by Israel: ‘And the children of Israel went up armed (chamushim) out of the land of Egypt’ (Exodus/Shmot 13:18). (Chamushim) meaning from the side of the Tree of Life, which are the fifty [50] years of Jubilee…So he will bring out the Torah scholars with all that honor.”

Then in 99, he continues, explaining and alluding that those not connected to the secrets (sod) of the Torah will face finality within the Tree-of Knowledge and those that do will live within the immortality of the tree-of-life reality, where there is no longer a need to reincarnate in order to correct our souls. He (Moses) is suggesting that those on the side of good begin as soon as possible to delve into and learn the secrets of the Torah—to make themselves Torah scholars—because being good alone is not enough to make the transition.
“It is mentioned by those who are ignorant of Torah yet are of good side: ‘And they stood at the foot of the mountain’ (Shmot 19:17). So will they be at the last redemption, under the torah scholars, like a slave that follows along the horse’s footsteps of his lord. Just as it was called out to them at the foot of the mountain: ‘If you accept the Torah, it is better, but if not, there will be your burial place,’ so he will tell them at the last redemption, ‘If you will accept upon yourselves a Torah scholar during the redemption from the exile like a horse rider with his attendant servant, it is best, and if not, there in exile shall be your burial.”

To be continued…

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