Academic Review of Post-Talmudic Jewish Messianism, Lesson 18


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R' Avraham Azulai's Hesed L'Avraham The Kabbalistic/Messianic Torah & the Poverty of the End of Days Hesed L'Avraham (5: 36, 37). The messianic sufferings will only affect the non-Kabbalist. The sufferings will force them to chose between becoming entirely good (like the Kabbalist) or entirely evil. The Kabbalist will not be bothered by the pre-messianic travails because his level of spiritual consciousness is so high that he will not consider the terrible times to be that bad. This is the view of R'Azulai. When Mashiah comes how will the commandments be observed depends upon one's level of Kabbalistic understanding prior to Mashiah's coming. The difference between souls from Atzilut and the souls from Beriah/Yetzirah. The dangers of messianic fervor, and the perversion of one believing oneself to be living in messianic consciousness, in this time period. The debacle of Shabtai Tzvi, the dangerous psychology underlying this movement, and the danger of its repetition today. How God is to cleanse Israel of their worldly attachments by removing from them absolutely everything. God is to reduce Israel to a state of utter hopelessness, where the only thing that they can do is to turn to God. Then, magically, Mashiah comes. A literal reading of R' Azulai gives rise to the belief of a magical coming of Mashiah without the details of the messianic scenario. We cover and explain why this interpretation is incorrect, and why it can actually be dangerous.
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