"The Great Redemption"
The Rectified World: Ch. 1
The whole point of the redemption, aside from our returning to a
sanctified Land of Israel, is to bring about a great universal emendation -
- a state in which everything would have reached its potential, fulfilled
its raison d'ętre, and coalesced. Let's see how that will play itself out
as Ramchal depicts it.
He says that what has always characterized the world before the great
redemption has been the phenomenon of constriction. Holiness was
constricted to the Land of Israel in antiquity and went no further, and it
was constricted even farther as a consequence of the terrible
exile "to ... just a small speck". We're to know, however, that
holiness "will once again expand throughout the Holy Land" after the
redemption, and then throughout the world.
A lot will happen behind the scenes to bring that about. In fact, we'd
alluded to much of this early on in this series, in chapters 6-10 of "The
Exile", where we'd given away the end at the beginning, as we termed it.
So we'll be alluding to things spoken of there from now on to the end from
We're told that "branches will begin to spread out from the lowest and
most external groupings" of the Divine Presence, which will then begin
covering the face of the earth, since "it would have been cleansed of its
impurities" by then. That's to say that the Shechina's "wings" will begin
to spread throughout the world. In fact, "the Shechina’s wings will break
through ... right and left" and everyone will begin to "serve G-d in
unison" as a consequence.
But this is what's going to be happening even farther yet behind the
scenes, and further up the rungs of Divine Luminaries. For a great
conjoining of Forces will begin to come about.
Whereas the world would have been managed by rather low echelons of Divine
will so to speak until then, that will no longer be the case. Those lower
levels will begin to draw strength from the very highest ones, and will
come into play in whole other ways.
For one thing, the lowest Luminary (Malchut) will blossom and "be more
powerful than it had ever been". In fact, it will be coequal with a fairly
high one (Tipheret). "Both (will then be) rectified as they should be" and
draw sustenance from much, much higher Divine Levels (Chochma and Binah),
and the "great, albeit silent, shifting of the gears on-high",
the "wondrous celestial about-face" we'd cited will have begun in earnest.
But that won't be the end of it, by any means.
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org.