Hakitzu VeRanenu #19: The Relationship between Body and Soul in the Nation and their Unification (Part One)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | January 10, 2022

The fact that Zechirah is the point of holiness which stands as the foundation of all stages of redemption – both the stage of Pekidah, the rectification of the “body”, as well as the stage of the revelation of Zechirah, the appearance of Neshama with a proliferation of consciousness – teaches us an important principle…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #18: The Journey from Pekidah to Zechirah

By Rav Reuven Sasson | December 28, 2021

It is expressly stated in the Ramchal that the energy of Pekidah is momentary, merely to grant the Shechinah strength to stand up from the dust of exile, after which it becomes hidden once more. After this will come an exhaustion, a vacuum of spirit, for indeed – that great light became hidden and concealed.…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #17: The Supernal Source of “Pekidah” and “Zechirah”

By Rav Reuven Sasson | November 10, 2021

In the early days of the stage of Pekidah, there was a strong sense of nationalism; personal sacrifice to return to the Land and rebuild it, to erect the world that had been destroyed. In truth, these feelings were – at their root – awesomely elevated, for the flowed forth from the future stages of…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #16: Two Stages of Geulah – “Pekidah” and “Zechirah” (Part Two)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | November 1, 2021

The foundation of the distinction between Pekidah and Zechirah and their natures is explained by the Ramchal (ibid): And you must know the Pekidah takes place through Yesod, while the revelation of Zechirah occurs through Tiferes. Therefore, these two movements provide strength to Moshiach Ben Yosef and Moshiach Ben David to bring about the final…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #16: Two Stages of Geulah – “Pekidah” and “Zechirah” (Part One)

By Rav Reuven Sasson | October 11, 2021

The two stages of redemption and the distinction between them are explicated clearly in the seforim hakedoshim, and our teacher, the Ramchal, explains them at length. He teaches that the final redemption is a compound of two fundamental stages, called “Pekidah”, and “Zechirah”. He writes (Maamar HaGeulah): Know, that redemption encompasses two distinct times. We…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #15: Humanity’s Interpretation of Our Return to the Land

By Rav Reuven Sasson | August 31, 2021

Focus well on the mystery expressed in the verse, “The heart of a king is in Hashem’s Hand, He turns it whatever which way He desires.” (Mishlei 21:1) Hashem’s Governance clothes itself within the hearts of human beings, awakening desires and mighty movements – for example, the desire to seek a land and establish a…

Hakitzu VeRanenu #14 – The Necessity to Return to Eretz Yisrael before Attaining the Consciousness of Redemption

By Rav Reuven Sasson | August 22, 2021

In truth, although our exile began with the loss of consciousness which then caused our banishment from the land, the redemption must come about in the opposite order as alluded to in the words of Yechezkel brought above – first the return to the Land, and then the appearance of consciousness.[1] It is obvious and…

Hakitzu VeRanenu 13: The Primary Distinction between Exile and Redemption is Rooted in Consciousness

By Rav Reuven Sasson | August 15, 2021

The main essence of the difference between exile and redemption exists in the mystery of consciousness (“Da’as”) – the mentality of redemption in contrast to the mentality of exile, the secret of “Constricted Consciousness” and “Expanded Consciousness.” This means that while the distinction between the two is certainly externally recognizable, for example exile as the…

A New Heart, A New Spirit

By Rav Reuven Sasson | August 8, 2021

We must achieve the realization that Hashem is currently fulfilling a prophecy for us – “And I will grant you a new heart and implant a new spirit within you.” A person who peers into the depths of Jewish hearts, instead of merely looking at the external appearance, will be able to see our great…

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…