"The Great Redemption"
The Remembrance: Ch. 9
Many people lament the fact that we don't live in "a more perfect world"
where things are fairer, better, and more balanced. Well, we learn that
that will have come to fruition by this next stage. For "everything that
had been impaired and ... imperfect" in the course of the long exile "will
come to be rectified" by this point in the redemption. And perfection will
be on its way.
Ramchal adds, though, that not only will that be true of everyday things,
but that "the Shechina itself will be even more emended and adorned than
it had ever been" then. For "all of its legions will hang upon it with
great honor and courage", and the "souls of the Jewish Nation will do the
same". What that means to say is that everything associated with G-d's
Presence in the world will be set aloft by then and emboldened with the
flush of that Presence, ourselves included.
Whole legions of angels "will return to their posts then" in the heavens,
we're told, "and stand upon their hills" in full Celestial formation, and
will "take hold of their roots", and "the souls of the Jewish Nation will
do the same". That's to say that by that point both they and we will all
draw closer and closer to the Divine Presence from which we all emanated.
Ramchal then makes a very curious, seemingly tangential remark. He says
that "there are many ways to emanate and to do ... things", that "nothing
is exactly like anything else, and nothing is in vain". That's to say that
there's nothing that doesn't draw its existence (i.e., "emanate") from G-d
and play out its own vital G-d-given role in the universe. And that
everything matters and is very dear in the grand scheme of things. But,
where does that admittedly pithy and inspiring notion fit in with the
details being offered here of the redemption?
He's apparently offering it because he follows it with the statement that
the sephirot Binah, Tipheret, and Malchut "will be united and joined
together" by that point (in keeping with the whole idea of things joining
together by then and aligning with the heavens). Apparently his point is
that the union won't deny the role each individual sephira played in its
own right -- it's only that the time will have come when an amalgamation
of individuals will prove to be stronger than the sum of its parts,
despite the importance of each one.
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.