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"Let Us Prepare to Receive the Divine Presence..."Lag Ba'Omer, marks the passing of the G-dly sage and leader of the Jewish People, Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai, known by the acronym Rashbi. Born in the Holy Land under Roman occupation one century after the destruction of the Second Temple, Rashbi led his generation during one of the darkest eras of Jewish history, when the study of Torah and the observance of many mitzvos were prohibited. Precisely during this period however, under the leadership of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai, Torah study reached dizzying heights as it spread throughout the ranks of the Jewish People in the Holy Land; from young to old, scholar to merchant, all possessed a mastery of Torah wisdom. The following account conveys a sense of the staggering proportions of greatness that prevailed: Once, Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi protested to his father, Rabbi Shimon Ben-Gamliel, that Rashbi's son, Rabbi Elozor, often contradicted him. Rabbi Shimon Ben-Gamliel's response was: "My son, do not be disturbed by Rabbi Elozor's regard for you. Know that he is a lion the son of a lion. You may be a lion, but you are only the son of a fox."
As Rabbi Shimon states in the Gemoro: "There will never be another generation like this until the coming of King Messiah."
Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai: "The Faithful Shepherd"
Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai belonged to the fourth and final generation of Tanoim - saintly scholars of the Mishna. Immediately after the betrothal celebration of his marriage to the daughter of the Tanno Rabbi Pinchas Ben-Yair, he departed to B'nei Brak where he learned Torah under the guidance of Rabbi Akiva for the next thirteen years. When Rabbi Akiva was imprisoned by the Romans for teaching Torah in public - a deliberate expression of the conviction to continue Torah study without regard to danger, Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai repeatedly endangered his life to enter the prison secretly and continue learning with Rabbi Akiva. Of all Rabbi Akiva's students, Rashbi and Rabbi Meir alone received rabbinic ordination from their mentor.
"It is enough that I and your Creator know your strength," Rabbi Akiva once said to him. Indeed, every statement in the Gemoro and Midrash testifying to Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai's stature points to wisdom and righteousness beyond human grasp, of a kind that virtually defies description. "Let us prepare to receive the Divine Presence," Rabbi Pinchas Ben-Yair once said, as he went to greet his son-in-law. When they met and embraced, the former averred: "I have kissed the mouth of G-d."
When an informer betrayed him to the Romans, Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai went into hiding. For thirteen years he hid in a cave with his saintly son, Rabbi Elozor, during which time he composed the book of supernal, esoteric Torah wisdom called the Zohar. His emergence from hiding and return to everyday life marks a new stage in the spreading of Torah, as Rashbi began to teach the secrets of Kabolo publicly and his greatness became known.
As the Gemoro relates, Rashbi's righteousness enabled him to annul all of G-d's decrees upon the Jewish People. Once, after he had annulled a decree, a voice from above called out: "Rabbi Shimon decrees and the Holy One blessed be He fulfills; He [the Holy One blessed be He] decrees and you [Rabbi Shimon] annul." During his lifetime the rainbow, a sign of G-d's promise never to destroy the world, indicative of punishment withheld, was never seen - because in the merit of Rashbi there could be no possibility of retribution.
Rabbi Meir states that Rashbi was on a level equal to that of Moses. The comparison was more than an expression of the highest praise: The Midrash relates that Rashbi possessed the soul of Moses. The two held numerous encounters, specifically during Rasbi's composition of a section of the Zohar called, Raaya Meheimno, "The Faithful Shepherd" - a reference to Moses. Centered on the hidden reasons for the laws of the Torah, Raaya Meheimno was written by Rashbi with the help of souls and angels in the Garden of Eden, primarily that of Moses whose knowledge surpassed that of all the others. Both Moses and Rashbi are channels of blessing though which the righteous lead the Jewish People: Moses is the channel through which prophecy is bestowed upon the prophets; Rashbi, the channel of wisdom. "Holy source of light!," Moses said to Rashbi, "Happy is your lot that the Holy One Blessed be He disclosed to you that which He did not disclose to any prophet and seer."
Rashbi and the ArizalLooking ahead in history, the connection of both Moses and Rashbi to the Arizal, Rabbi Isaac Luria, who over a millennium after Rashbi succeeded the latter in the dissemination of Kabbolo, is likewise deep and mysterious. It is indicated in the words from Psalms spoken in reference to Moses, "You have ascended the heavens and taken [the Torah] captive": The Hebrew word for captive, shevi, consists of the letters shin, beis and yud, an acronym for two names: Shimon Bar-Yochai and, in reverse order, Yitzchok Ben-Shleimei - the full name of the Arizal.
Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai departed this world on Lag Ba'Omer, the 18th day of Iyar, and was buried in Meiron. Before his passing, he gathered his closest disciples and revealed to them the deepest, most hidden secrets of the Zohar, contained in the Torah Portion of HaAzinu. He appointed Rabi Abba to record them in writing and Rabi Elozor to elucidate them. " 'I am for my Beloved,' " he opened, "'and upon me is His desire': All the days that I was bound to this world, I bound myself to no one but the Holy One blessed be He. Now, 'and upon me is His desire'... ." Thus began the final revelations of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn: The Lubavitcher Rebbe King MessiahThe revelations of Rashbi have reached their height in our generation, under the leadership of one whose towering stature is so exalted that it does not allow for comparison to even the greatest Torah masters of the past - Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe King Messiah who lives forever. Possessed of wisdom, righteousness and prophetic spirit that surpass all who preceded him, the Lubavitcher Rebbe is the King Messiah whom the Jewish People and the entire world have awaited since the six days of Creation. With absolute knowledge, he has declared that our generation is "the last generation of Exile, and the first of Redemption"; that the Messiah has already come and is here, with us; and that all which remains to be done is to open our eyes and see him as we accept his Kingship over the world.
In his teachings the Rebbe King Messiah emphasizes that far from winding down towards doom, the world, since its creation, has been in a process of purification and preparation for the coming of Messiah and the era of Redemption, when evil, illness, suffering and death will disappear forever and the dead will return to a world filled with the knowledge of G-d, as detailed in the prophecies of the Bible. It is towards this era of personal serenity and world peace, limitless material wealth and divine revelation that the Rebbe King Messiah is leading us. The Rebbe's knowledge that we are in the era of Redemption is a prophetic certainty. This fact is reflected in major global events of our time: the fall of the Iron Curtain, subsequent religious freedom and Jewish mass emigration from the former Soviet Union, international nuclear disarmament, global cooperation in channeling armament funds towards feeding the world's hungry and the death of Sadaam Hussein.
The Messiah's Message to the Jewish WomanAs Jewish women, we play a pivotal part in completing the process of Redemption and the final and complete revelation of the Rebbe King Messiah. Our modesty in dress, speech and conduct brings blessings to our loved ones, and imbues our homes with a holiness that illuminates the entire world.
Citing the words of the Arizal, that our generation is a gilgul (reincarnation) of the generation that left Egypt, the Rebbe King Messiah teaches:
"Just as 'in the merit of the righteous women of that generation Israel was redeemed from Egypt,' so too, the Redemption from this last exile will be in the merit of righteous women in our generation... Of late there has been an increase of modesty in the attire of the women and daughters of Israel - that the clothes are of a kind that do not attract attention and do not provoke, and thus do not cause the opposite of modesty in the thoughts of men, the husband or brother. On the contrary, the attire is of a kind that emphasizes that 'all the nobility of the daughter of the king is within'." (Hisvaaduyeis 5751, part 1, pg. 142)
Wherever a woman finds herself - at home, in a doctor's office, shopping, and here, too, at the groundbreaking Moshiach and Geulo Log BaOmer Convention, her task is to actualize Redemption by bearing the standard of uncompromising modesty with conviction and pride. Her guiding imperative is to dress, speak and act in a queenly way. Thus, we will merit to be among the women of whom the Rebbe King Moshiach states:
"And it is evident that the increase, of late, in modesty of the women and daughters of Israel quickens and hastens even more so the true and complete Redemption."
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