Rav Daniel (ben Naftali Hertzka) Frisch zy”a passed away 14 Shevat 5765/2005. He was one of the chashuvim of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Chassidim. He revolutionized the learning of Zohar Hakadosh with his popular pirush titled Masuk Midvash, which translates and explains the Zohar Hakodosh in a relatively simple manner. He also penned pirushim on other Seforim, and there are amazing siddurim based on Masuk Midvash which quote portions of Zohar Hakadosh and Kisvei Arizal relevant to the davening without getting into the deep kavanos such as the Siddur HaRashash.

Rav Avrohom Yitzchok Kohn, the previous Toldos Ahron Rebbe, told Rav Daniel Frisch that he has a tradition from the Chozeh of Lublin who said that before Moshiach comes, there will be someone who will write a commentary according to peshat on the Zohar Hakodosh. He said that he wanted Rav Daniel to do this, and that’s how the Masuk Midvash came to be.

There’s a famous statement from the Zohar Hakodosh which says that with the Sefer HaZohar we will go out of Galus. (There are many explanations given for this.) Rav Daniel Frisch has a major share in making Zohar somewhat accessible to all of us, something which will help usher in the Geulah.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov revealed that the secret of Rashbi’s name, Shimon, is alluded to in a posuk which appears in sefer Daniel (4:10): עיר וקדיש מן שמיא נחת – “a holy angel descended from Heaven.” The first letters of these words spell שמעון. We can suggest that perhaps there’s a connection between this and the author of Masuk Midvash, whose name is Daniel.

Describing am Yisrael’s exodus from Egypt, the pasuk states: ובני ישראל יצאים ביד רמה. Targum Unkelos renders ביד רמה as בריש גלי. Reb Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudlykov writes that the letters of בריש are the initials of רבי שמעון בר יוחאי, alluding to the role that Rashbi’s teachings in the Zohar HaKadosh will play in the final redemption.

The word ביד is the initials of י”ד ב‘שבט, the yahrzeit of Rav Daniel Frisch, who made the Zohar HaKadosh much more accessible to us. The parsha in which this verse appears, Beshalach, read on the tzaddik’s final Shabbos in this world.

The final two pesukim of Daniel are: אשרי המחכה, ויגיע: לימים–אלף, שלש מאות שלשים וחמשה. ואתה, לך לקץ; ותנוח ותעמד לגרלך, לקץ הימין – “Happy is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. But you, go on to the end; you shall rest, and arise to your destiny at the end of the days.”

The entire sefer Daniel is quite cryptic and includes many secrets of the end of days. I really have no understanding of these pesukim but would like to suggest a few possible hints to this tzaddik who helped make the sefer HaZohar, with which we shall go out from exile, accessible to us.

The pasuk says, “Happy is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.” Incredibly, the gematria of רבי דניאל בן נפתלי הירצקא is exactly equal to 1,335.

The last word of Daniel is הימין, which, when calculating a ן as 700 ( see Rashi to Sukkah 52b), is equal in gematriya to תשס”ה, the year Rav Daniel Frisch left this world. The gematriya of this year is exactly equal to the words רבי שמעון בן יוחאי.

Zechuso yagein aleinu!

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R’ Yaakov Klein is the founder of the Lost Princess Initiative, an author, musician, and lecturer devoted to sharing the inner light of Torah through his books, music, and lectures.

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