We continue with Rav Daniel Krentzman’s new book on Moshiach ben Yosef, based on the sefer Kol Hator.
“אנוח ליום צרה “: “The time I should have rested will become a day of distress”(חבקוק ג’ טז) . This refers to a time at which Mashiach ben Yosef is manifest. This similarly connects to the verse in Yirmiyahu(ל’ ז) : “עת צרה היא ליעקב וממנו יושע” , “It will be a time of trouble for Yaakov, but he shall be saved from it”. It is also known that any usage of the language of “ישועה”, refers to the qualities of Mashiach ben Yosef. Thus, although Mashiach ben Yosef’s mission requires difficult human effort and struggle, Hashem will ultimately come to his aid, and the hardship of his endeavor will result in salvation.
“אמת מארץ תצמח וצדק משמים נשקף “: “Truth will sprout from earth and Righteousness will peer from heaven” (תהילים ‘ פה יב). The next verse continues,
גם ה’ יתן הטוב וארצנו תתן יבולה “Hashem, too, will provide what is good, and our land will yield its produce”. These two verses together refer to the efforts of Mashiach ben Yosef and their results. “Truth sprouting from the earth” is a reference to Mashiach ben Yosef, who is rooted in the middah of “דין”, “Judgment” which dictates human effort and worthiness. This is additionally referred to, here, as “צדק”, “righteousness” (i.e. righteousness in judgment). The result is Hashem’s reciprocating Chesed, “טוב”, and the land of Eretz Yisrael yielding its physical, as well as spiritual, fruits; וארצנו תתן יבולה .
” אבן מאסו הבונים היתה לראש פינה “: “The stone the builders despised has become the cornerstone” ((תהילים קיח’ יב ). This refers to Mashiach ben Yosef, who serves to establish the physical structure and framework that will serve as the spiritual vessel which reveals Hashem in the world. During the process, this may not be apparent and Mashiach ben Yosef may receive strong opposition, but his efforts will in the end be revealed for their true spiritual intentions and applications. The first letters of each word in this verse: אמההל”פ, has a total gematria of “161”; the same gematria as יהוסף” “; Yosef’s name, when the letter “ה” was added to it, the night before Yosef first spoke with Pharaoh – see סוטה לו:.
” אבן שלימה וצדק “: “a perfect and honest weight (shall you have)”-דברים כה’ טו( ). This refers to Mashiach ben Yosef, who is connected to the middah of “דין”, “Judgment”; represented by the weights, which judge and assess value, the aspect of “דין”. It thus follows that the next paragraph in the Torah deals with the mitzvah of wiping out Amalek; which is also associated with the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef (see (55), (62) and (78) below). The conceptual progression continues into the beginning of the next paragraph in the Torah, the parsha of ” כי תבוא “, which refers to inheriting the land of Eretz Yisrael, dwelling there securely, and fulfilling the Mitzvos which are specifically dependent on the Land; all of which are also connected to the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef.
To be continued…