"The Great Redemption"
The Remembrance: Ch. 10
Everything is comprised of an outer shell and inner core. Fruits are
overcovered by peels and shells; our body serves as the outer shell of our
inner core, the soul; and so forth. We learn here that Jewish history is
likewise comprised of a shell and core. Its core is redemption and the
rectification of everything gone wrong because of the exile; and our exile
state, despite its wearying length, is merely the hard outer shell of our
Eventually, though, all outer shells will need to be peeled off if one is
ever to get to the fruit as we'll see, as we begin to turn a corner in The
Remembrance. For, to this point we'd been discussing all the great
emendations that will occur in the redemption, like the rising up of the
Shechina out of the dust, the appearance of both Moshiachs, the
ingathering of the exiled, and more; but we'll now discuss the undoing of
the influences of exile.
Ramchal cites an allegory that depicts what will happen. After "the leaves
of the Holy Tree will become stronger on each side ... seventy branches"
will attach themselves to it, "then an infinite number" of them.
Then "seventy other trees" will surround the original one, whose many
branches "will (begin to) intertwine with the branches" of that original
tree. (see para. 47).
What that comes to this. The original tree alludes to the Jewish Nation,
and the seventy branches and trees cited refer to the seventy other core
nations that were originally established. We're told that those original
seventy will eventually expand into a very large number of nations, and
that those nations will eventually begin to cover-over the Jewish Nation --
like shells -- and to hold sway over us in the exile. We learn that
they'll grow stronger and stronger, and that they'd eventually
stop "acknowledging their Master", G-d. In fact, things will get to the
point where "holiness could not rule" (ibid.), and something would have to
That's when Moshiach Ben Yoseph will "lop (them) off ... and pluck them
from the boughs in which they sit", the way shells would have to be cut
off. That way the nations that had overcovered us with their mistaken
beliefs will no longer hold sway over us and we could savor the sweet
fruit of redemption in full glory.
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.