The Arrival of Consciousness and the Primary Redemption

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 29, 2021

We have discussed the two stages of redemption. Practically speaking, the primary awakening from exile does not take place during the first stage, the ingathering of the exiles – the externality of the redemption, for that stage relates to the growth of the ‘body’, not of consciousness and its expansion. In this stage, we are…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #10 – Our Deep Acclimatization to Constricted Consciousness

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 24, 2021

In exile, we have crumbled into shards. Our consciousness has become extremely constricted, the aspect of “katnus”, and we have become deeply accustomed to seeing ourselves as separate individuals, worrying only about our own spiritual situation alone. Now, the time has come for us to become awakened and nurture our minds to a broadened an…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #9: The Constriction of the Torah in Exile (Part Two)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 19, 2021

This tremendous downfall made it very difficult for souls to imagine the awesome and broad avodas Hashem in the Beis HaMikdash and to attain the light of the Torah in its elevated state of completion. A frightening gap developed between the regular avodas Hashem of the earlier days and that of exile. Therefore, the Torah…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #9 – The Constriction of the Torah in Exile (Part One)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 11, 2021

As we have learned, exile represents the shattering of Hashem’s nation into shards. This reality where each shard stands alone produces small-mindedness, a constricted perception which allows one to experience only those matters relating to his own individual life. We compared this constricted consciousness to the “havla d’garmi”, the vapor of life that exists within…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #8 – The Constricted Consciousness Experienced during the Slumber of Exile

By Rav Reuven Sasson | July 5, 2021

Let us explain what the nature of this slumber is. It is known that sleep represents the removal of one’s cognitive powers, the person’s intellect. Still, the Arizal explains that a person’s cognitive abilities always remain, even when he sleeps, for without any consciousness he would die from the lack of life-force.[1] Therefore, during the…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #7: The Deep Slumber of Exile

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 30, 2021

However, the revelation of this life-giving spirit is faced with many powerful and difficult obstacles. We have already long become accustomed to perceiving ourselves as separate individuals, to worrying only about our own personal completion – whether in physical or spiritual matters. Together with this, we have become used to sharpening the differences between ourselves…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #6 – Our Generation and the Generation of the Ingathering of the Exiles

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 27, 2021

Understand well that the secret of the descent of the spirit is our generation’s avodah, after the first generation of kibutz galuyos (the ingathering of the exiles). The first generation engaged in the externality of the redemption, gathering the limbs and arranging them one next to the other. Included in this was the preparation of…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #5 – Two Stages of Redemption

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 23, 2021

Hashem has recollected His nation, and with miracles and awesome wonders we have been returned to our land after a long and bitter exile. Blessed is Hashem Whose kindness has overwhelmed us, Who has taken us from death to life, from darkness to light, from subjugation under the nations of the world to freedom in…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #4 – The Redemption and Penimiyus HaTorah

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 20, 2021

It is known from countless sources in the Zohar and other works of penimiyus that in time to come, the interiority of the Torah will be revealed in all of its light and with the full might of its elevation, and that it is by way of this revelation that am Yisrael will be redeemed…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #3 – The Secret of Exile

By Rav Reuven Sasson | June 17, 2021

The exile of the Jewish nation from their land involved the mystery of death. This is apparent from the Vision of the Dry Bones – exile is likened to a cemetery. And so our sages have said, “Tzion is considered to be dead, as the verse states ‘you have placed me in the dark like…