"The Great Redemption"
The Visitation: Ch. 5
It's important to realize that only the *inner* aspect of things will
begin to heal in the course of The Visitation -- not the everyday and
tangible parts of things. For as Ramchal put it, "there are inner and
outer aspects" of the Supernal Luminaries under discussion, which
are "termed their 'body' and 'soul'".
The point is that while a lot will have gone on internally and on a soul-
level in the course of The Visitation, not a lot would have been
accomplished yet "on the ground" so to speak. And as we know, it's only by
means of a fusion of body and soul that anything everlasting can be
accomplished (as will be the case in The Resurrection of the Dead, though
that's beyond the subject at hand).
That explains why we'll get discouraged after the initial stirrings of
hope and teshuvah will have subsided, and why we'll lose the inspiration,
spirit, and drive that had come upon us for a time. For what we we're
hoping for wouldn't have come to full flower.
In any event, Ramchal explains what will set off those inner-reparations
alone by that point in Kabbalistic terms. As he put it, while "The
Visitation will emanate from (the sephirah of) Yesod, ... The Remembrance
(which will come later on) will emanate from (the Sephira of) Tipheret".
What that means to say is that Yesod, the Sephira that's right above
Malchut (the last Sephira, and the one associated with the Shechina), will
indeed be reconnected to the Shechina by that point, but that's all.
Tipheret -- which is appreciably higher and deeper than Yesod -- will only
have been *stirred* rather than activated.
Nonetheless, Ramchal offers that despite the limitations of the above,
certain important things will indeed be activated by this, the fifth,
stage of The Visitation. Let's see what.
The Zohar (2:95b) tells us that at a certain point in time some auspicious
souls were filched by the forces of evil who "refused to set them free".
They have dwelt on certain hills and mountains since then. Ramchal informs
us that they'll be set free in the course of The Visitation "with the help
of the upsurge of light that will shine upon them" then.
That upsurge will be generated by the first messiah, Moshiach Ben Yoseph,
we're taught. For he'll "leap over all the mountains and hills those souls
are found in" and grant them -- as well as other very great souls -- the
capacity to leave, "in order to be amended and repaired ... so the world
can (eventually) bask in great and mighty light". Those recondite hills
and mountains are said to be "the husk’s dark mountains and pitch black
hills" -- regions that no good soul would ever want to be left behind in.
Moshiach Ben Yoseph won't stay around for long, though; as "he’ll have to
leave before the husks sense" his presence. But he'll be there long enough
to accomplish that task, and he'll reappear later on.
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.