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    Mount Ephraim - International Prayer Congregation

    O Dear Lost Sheep from the House of Israel let we try to make a Holy Agreement? No matter what your religion (or none religion) is, with Love and respect for each other. But let the 'base' be the Divine Commands given to Moshe Rabbeinu nothing lessor or nothing more......

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    The goal is that we Jews and Ephraim may come to the ultimate ‘agreement’, a Holy, set apart by Adonai’s commandments agreement. As is foretold by the prophet YeshaYahu:

    When it shall happen: the disclosure of His Messiah - His Name,

    Isa 11:9-16  They do no evil nor destroy in all My set-apart mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yah, as the waters cover the sea.

    10  And it shall come to pass on that day, that the root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be glorious.

    11  And it shall come to pass in that day, that Yah will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, that shall remain from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

    12  And He will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

    13 And the envy of Ephrayim shall turn aside, and the adversaries of Yehuḏah be cut off. Ephrayim shall not envy Yehuḏah, and Yehuḏah not trouble Ephrayim.

    (Rashi: Ephraim shall not envy Judah: The Messiah, the son of David, and the Messiah, the son of Joseph, shall not envy each other. See: Yeshayahu - Chapter 11:13)

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    14  And they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines (The head of Amalek today PA, PLO, Hamas etc.) on the west; together shall they spoil the children of the east; they shall put forth their hand upon Edom (Western world today, Edom and Yishmael in unity) and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

    15  And Yah will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea (Today: Edom and Yishmael in unity with Amalek their leader); and with His scorching wind will He shake His hand over the River, and will smite it into seven streams, and cause men to march over dry-shod.

    16  And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people (the dispersed from Israel and Yehudah), that shall remain from Assyria, like as there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

    My part of the Holy Agreement is that I mention daily your profile names in my personal Prayers and when I am on the Har HaBait near where once was and soon shall be again the Kodesh Kodeshim. From where HaShem shall speak again from between the Cherubim above the Atonement lid of the Ark of the Covenant all the words that the Benay Yisrael need to know: The revelation of Messiah Ben David......

    It is unfair and shameful how Facebook treated me. I strongly believe it is not safe for every Lost Triber to be on Facebook. It has nothing to do that I am losing my hope. But I start to realize we, the Benay Israel, must build in unification their own companies by raising their own affairs. And no more to be dependent on (other) powers like Facebook etc. Because in the end they ‘work’ you out. Please stop believing in them.


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    So that may come in fulfillment,
    Jer_31:6  “For there shall be a day when the watchmen cry on Mount Ephrayim (united states of Israel), ‘Arise, and let us go up to Tsiyon, to Adonai our Elohim.’ ”

    Praying and hoping together according,

    Zec 4:1-5 And the messenger who was speaking to me came back and woke me up as a man was awakened from sleep (Your dispersion to the end of the earth).

    2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I have looked, and seen: a lamp stands all of gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven spouts to the seven lamps.

    3 “And two olive trees (Yehudah and Ephraim) are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.”

    4 Then I responded and spoke to the messenger who was speaking to me, saying, “What are these, my master?”

    5 And the messenger who was speaking to me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my master.”

    11 Then I responded and said to him, “What are these two olive trees, one at the right of the lampstand and the other at its left?”

    12 And I responded a second time and said to him, “What are these two olive branches which empty golden oil from themselves by means of the two gold pipes?”

    13 And he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my master.”

    14 And he said, “These are the two anointed ones (Yehuadah and Ephraim), who stand beside the Master of all the earth.

    Yehudah and Ephraim standing near the Kodesh Kodeshim........ Two separate nations: Yehudah (Their National soul Messiah Ben David) and Ephraim (Their National Soul Messiah Ben Yoseph) coming to unity by 'oil from themselves' (independent from each other): The 'sparks' of Messiah there (in unity) 'National Soul'....... Messiah Ben David, HaShem speaking from between the Cherubim above the Atonement Lid of the Ark of the Covenant.

    Please don’t accept another messiah but accept only Messiah Ben Yoseph/David.

    By coming into the Holy Agreement:
    And the envy of Ephrayim shall turn aside, and the adversaries of Yehuḏah be cut off. Ephrayim shall not envy Yehuḏah, and Yehuḏah not trouble Ephrayim.

    (Rashi: Ephraim shall not envy Judah: The Messiah, the son of David, and the Messiah, the son of Joseph, shall not envy each other. See: Yeshayahu - Chapter 11:13)’

    The Jews (Yehudah) shall bring forth Messiah Ben David…..We, Yehudah and Ephraim, hearing again HaShem's Voice from between the Cherubim….. By the anointing of the King of the Jews: Messiah Ben David, the ‘ultimate’ expression of the national soul of Yehudah and Ephraim..
    The unification of Yehudah and Ephraim - The unification of Messiah Ben David/Yoseph.
    Messiah Ben David/Yoseph is the One who: Isa 63:9  In all their distress He was distressed, and the Messenger of His Presence saved them. In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them, and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. What is he base of the HaBerith HaChadasha:

    Jer 31:1-37  “At that time,” declares Adonai, “I shall be the Elohim of all the clans of Yisra’ěl, and they shall be My people.” 

    2  Thus said Adonai, “A people who escaped from the sword found favour in the wilderness, Yisra’ěl, when it went to find rest.” 

    3  Adonai appeared to me from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I shall draw you with loving-commitment. 

    4  “I am going to build you again. And you shall be rebuilt, O maiden of Yisra’ěl! Again you shall take up your tambourines, and go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. 

    5  “Again you shall plant vines on the mountains of Shomeron. The planters shall plant and treat them as common. 

    6  “For there shall be a day when the watchmen cry on Mount Ephrayim (The United States of Israel), ‘Arise, and let us go up to Tsiyon, to Adonai our Elohim.’ ” 

    7  For thus said Adonai, “Sing with gladness for Ya‛aqoḇ, and shout among the chief of the nations. Cry out, give praise, and say, ‘O Adonai, save Your people, the remnant of Yisra’ěl!’ 

    8  “See, I am bringing them from the land of the north, and shall gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together – a great assembly returning here. 

    9  “With weeping they shall come, and with their prayers I bring them. I shall make them walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they do not stumble. For I shall be a Father to Yisra’ěl, and Ephrayim – he is My first-born. 

    10  “Hear the word of Adonai, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Yisra’ěl gathers him, and shall guard him as a shepherd his flock.’ 

    11  “For Adonai shall ransom Ya‛aqoḇ, and redeem him from the hand of one stronger than he. 

    12  “And they shall come in and shall sing on the height of Tsiyon, and stream to the goodness of Adonai, for grain and for new wine and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the herd. And their being shall be like a well-watered garden, and never languish again. 

    13  “Then shall a maiden rejoice in a dance, and young men and old, together. And I shall turn their mourning to joy, and shall comfort them, and shall make them rejoice from their sorrow, 

    14  and shall fill the being of the priests with fatness. And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness,” declares Adonai. 

    15  Thus said Adonai, “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing, bitter weeping, Raḥěl weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” 

    16  Thus said Adonai, “Hold back your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work,” declares Adonai, “and they shall return from the land of the enemy. 

    17  “And there is expectancy for your latter end,” declares Adonai, “and your children shall return to their own country. 

    18  “I have clearly heard Ephrayim lamenting, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf. Turn me back, and I shall turn back, for You are Adonai my Elohim. 

    19  For after my turning back, I repented. And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh. I was ashamed, even humiliated, for I bore the reproach of my youth.’ 

    20  “Is Ephrayim a precious son to Me, a child of delights? For though I spoke against him, I still remembered him. That is why My affections were deeply moved for him. I have great compassion for him,” declares Adonai. 

    21  “Set up signposts, make landmarks; set your heart toward the highway, the way in which you went. Turn back, O maiden of Yisra’ěl, turn back to these cities of yours! 

    22  “Till when would you turn here and there, O backsliding daughter? For Adonai has created what is new on earth: a woman encompasses a man!” 

    23  Thus said Adonai of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ěl, “Let them once again say this word in the land of Yehuḏah and in its cities, when I turn back their captivity, ‘Adonai bless you, O home of righteousness, mountain of set-apartness!’ 

    24  “And in Yehuḏah and all its cities farmers and those who journey with flocks, shall dwell together. 

    25  “For I shall fill the weary being, and I shall replenish every grieved being.” 

    26  At this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me. 

    27  “See, the days are coming,” declares Adonai, “that I shall sow the house of Yisra’ěl and the house of Yehuḏah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 

    28  “And it shall be, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so I shall watch over them to build and to plant,” declares Adonai. 

    29  “In those days they shall no longer say, ‘The fathers ate sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are blunted.’ 

    30  “But each one shall die for his own crookedness – whoever eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be blunted. 

    31  “See, the days are coming,” declares Adonai, “when I shall make a renewed covenant with the house of Yisra’ěl (Ephraim, the Lost Sheep from the House of Israel) and with the house of Yehuḏah (The Jews). 

    32  Not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I strengthened their hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares Adonai.

    33  “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ěl after those days, declares Adonai: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. 

    34  “And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Adonai. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.” 

    35  Thus said Adonai, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, and its waves roar – Adonai of hosts is His Name: 

    36  “If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares Adonai, “then the seed of Yisra’ěl shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” 

    37  Thus said Adonai, “If the heavens above could be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I would also cast off all the seed of Yisra’ěl for all that they have done,” declares Adonai.

    It doesn’t matter your ‘religious’ or ‘non-religious’ ‘background. Be what you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or whatever but don’t change by taking off or adding to the Divine Laws ‘revealed’ to Moshe Rabbeinu the first five books of the Bible…… Let us do again all His Sabbath and Yom Tovim? But find a way to ‘use’ the laws of ‘your religion’ as a ‘halacha’ around the Divine Laws revealed to Moshe Rabbeinu. As is the ‘function’ of Jewish Halacha. Express Love in respect to every religion. By annihilating all the laws Avoda Zarah, robbery, murder, raping, murder the rape victim, homophily, pedofily etc. brought forth by following our Yetser Hara (evil inclination) and bringing fort her ‘head’ the ‘anointed’ king: Amalek, the ultimate expression of our evil inclination. But instead cultivating the sparks of Messiah our Yetser Tov (good inclination) into our National Soul. And accepting the areas West of the Jordan River as Jewish (Yehuda’s) Inheritance under Jewish (Yehuda’s) Sovereignty with only Jewish Halacha. Including the Har HaBait with a New Temple and her service under Jewish Halacha. Come and help the Jews to build and reinstitute: The Temple Service until Gen 49:10  “The sceptre shall not turn aside from Yehuḏah, nor an Inscriber from between his feet, until Shiloh (Messiah Ben David) comes, and to Him is the obedience of peoples…….. 

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Chapter 1 Kol HaTor - קול התור or "The Voice of the Turtledove"

Chapter 1 Kol HaTor - קול התור or "The Voice of the Turtledove"

Overview

Our mission, the mission of the great Gaon, to spread the light of Mashiach ben Yosef, with regard to the final generation, is as follows: “According to Rabbi Eliyahu, all the steps, all the rules and details concerning the period from the beginning of the Redemption until its conclusion, which include the ingathering of exiles and settlement of the Holy Land--all these are the assignment of the first mashiach, Mashiach ben Yosef.
They derive from the left side, that is, from the quality of Din, which prevails when the awakening starts from below, naturally, as occurred at the time of the Second Temple, during the reign of Cyrus. Later, the redemption will be completed with the quality of Chesed (i.e., Lovingkindness) on the right side, with Mashiach ben David.”

The Gaon’s basic approach is contained in the words od Yosef Chai, which means, Yosef is still alive. “As we stand on the threshold of the Redemption, we must learn well all the 156 characteristics, aspects, appellations, and special attributes of Mashiach ben Yosef. We must also study well the secrets regarding the beginning of the Redemption that are hinted at in the holy compositions of the Vilna Gaon, so that we shall know the way and what will happen as illuminated by the Gaon who lights up our path until, with Elohim’s help, the day is established.”

1.             As we stand on the threshold of the beginning of Redemption (when “the songbird’s time has arrived, ” which is the year 542 of the 6th Millennium), at the Vilna Gaon’s behest and with his holy blessing, and with the help of Elohim, we are obligated to learn and understand all the paths of the footsteps of the Mashiach and the manner of future deeds, in accord with the mission and instructions of the Vilna Gaon. The Gaon merited being the a light of Mashiach ben Yosef, in order to promote the ingathering of the exiles and to reveal the hints in the Torah regarding the footsteps of the Mashiach ben Yosef. He was therefore sent down from Heaven [this is based on the words, Isa 60:22 “The little shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation. (Translator’s note: The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, the United States of Israel) I, Adonai, shall hasten it in its time.” “the smallest will become a thousand” etc., and this hints at the number 999 which is in the sefira Yesod, and the root of the or elyon at the high level of the angel Metatron, who is the Angel of Interior. All the hints about the beginning of the Redemption and the secrets concerning the footsteps of the Mashiach, until and including the very end were revealed to the Gaon. He wrote about the end at length in his commentary on the Sifra Dezniuta, adjuring others in the name of the Elohim of Israel not to reveal it. After many of his students had promised him faithfully to go to Zion and begin working there on gathering in the exiles when the awakening starts from below, with the help of Elohim, then the Gaon revealed to them all the steps of the beginning of the Redemption. According to a major principle of the Gaon that appears in Sifra Dezniuta, everything that was, is, and will be in all the upper and lower worlds, as well as all the general and personal things that will happen in every generation, all these are hinted in the Torah (see below, Chapter 3, for hints in holy works).

2.            According to the Gaon, all the work involved in gathering in the exiles, building Jerusalem and broadening the settlement of the land of Israel so that the Shechina will return to it, all the principles of the work and all the major and minor details are connected to the mission and role of the first mashiach, Mashiach ben Yosef. Mashiach ben Yosef is the miraculous power who will assist every act done when the awakening starts from below, in a natural manner, because he comes from the earth. Mashiach ben David, however, will come from Heaven as revealed by the different aspects of Rachel and Leah, and as known regarding the footsteps of the Mashiach and the revealed end. Mashiach ben Yosef himself is a composite of two aspects: on the one hand, he is Yosef the son of Rachel of the land; on the other hand, he is Yosef son of Jacob from Heaven. It is therefore incumbent upon us to learn and to understand all the 156 characteristics [qualities], appellations, and all aspects and special attributes of Mashiach ben Yosef (as explained in Chapter 2). These will be a light for our feet and direct us what to do and how, in connection with what lies ahead, with the help of the Redeemer of Israel, may it be speedily in our day.

3.            According to the Vilna Gaon, if Israel does not have the merit, then the beginning of the Redemption will occur with an awakening from below, as occurred during the time of Cyrus, during the Second Temple, as an act from the left side, that is, from the quality of Din. That is what is meant by “his left hand is under my head” which refers to Mashiach ben Yosef. This will occur with the permission of the kings of the nations. Later, the complete Redemption will come from the right side, that is, with the quality of Lovingkindness, and by the line of Mercy according to what is written, Isa 43:5 “Do not fear, for I am with you. I shall bring your seed from the east and gather you from the west. “and with abundant mercy I will gather you” According to the Gaon, the ingathering of exiles at the beginning of the Redemption will proceed by means of deliverance and ransom, as is written, “then the ransomed of HaShem will return, and come to Zion with glad song” Isa 35:10  And the ransomed of Adonai shall return and enter Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. All this will be accomplished by Mashiach ben Yosef: The deliverance will be from enslavement of the body and enslavement of the soul. The word has two meanings: it refers to the fact that they will return to Zion as is written: “they will come to Zion.” It also refers to the fact that they will repent (comes from the same root as repentance) as revealed by the words, “they will achieve joy and gladness.”

A most important principle of the Gaon is that everything that will occur upon completion of the Redemption will begin at the beginning of the Redemption and gradually proceed, by the 999 footsteps of the Mashiach, which are compared to the footsteps of the flock.

4.            The Gaon began revealing secrets of the Torah when he was 20 years old in 5500 (1740), during the first hour of the morning on Friday in the 6th millennium. Then, the spirit of Elohim, the spirit of the mashiach, began to move in his holy spirit, to uncover mysteries in the Torah little by little in accord with the mission of the first mashiach. These were revelations of the deep mysteries and profound secrets associated with the footsteps of the Mashiach, and no secret was hidden from him [the Gaon]. As is known, the Gaon then began traveling to Eretz Israel at the beginning of the second hour, that is in 5542 (1782). That was the period when Rabbi Eliyahu became very agitated. Like a storm, he turned his attention to the ingathering of exiles. Generally speaking, the beginning of the Redemption, otherwise known as the footsteps of the Mashiach, began the first hour of Friday morning in the 6th millennium, that is the year 5500 (1740), and from hour to hour the footsteps have continued to progress from many aspects. As is known, every hour consists of 41 years and 8 months, counting from the time that the bonds on the Mashiach’s steps were loosened, as it says, Psa 116:16  O Adonai, I am truly Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant; You have loosed my bonds. “you loosened my bonds” and as revealed in the sentence: Psa 81:6-7  He says, “I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets. “You called in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you in the covering of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meriḇah. Selah. “He appointed it as a testimony in Yosef... I have removed his shoulder from the burden; let his hands stay away from the kettle.” Beginning with the second hour (i.e., from 5042 [1782]), the entire House of Israel entered the picture, both as a whole, and with regard to each individual member of the nation, as an order from above, of the Mashiach of Through his holy spirit, Rabbi Eliyahu, the Vilna Gaon, knew exactly where the name and destiny of each member of Israel were hinted at in the Torah, each man according to the flag of his forefathers, according to the root of his soul, and the merit of his forefathers. The Gaon knew this on the basis of hints which he understood based on the use of gematria [numerology, a system in which every letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet has a numerical value] and notrikun [acrostics--a system in which sets of letters, such as the initial or final letters of the lines, taken in order, form a word or phrase]. He even found many hints (52 hints) regarding himself and his own great and holy mission in connection with the ingathering of exiles (see below, Chapter 3).

5.           According to the Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, below are the seven major principles connected with the approach called the footsteps of the Mashiach, which is based on the sentence, “on each stone were seven eyes [apertures]” Zec 3:9  ‘See the stone which I have put before Yehoshua: on one stone are seven eyes. See, I am engraving its inscription,’ declares Adonai of hosts, ‘and I shall remove the guilt of that land in one day.

6.     “Yosef is still alive” The basic approach of the Gaon is encapsulated in the principle “Yosef is still alive” meaning that the Mashiach ben Yosef is still alive and will live, because, as it is written, every aspect of the beginning of the Redemption is dependent on him. Thus, the decree regarding his murder by Armilus the Wicked will be cancelled. It will be cancelled by extending the period of the exile, by afflictions that the Mashiach ben Yosef will suffer and diseases he will bear, and also by deeds that he will accomplish with great devotion, such as gathering in exiles, which is his mission. What will also help are messianic pangs and afflictions connected with Eretz Israel, and our regular, daily prayers for the life and success of Mashiach ben Yosef. Those who occupy themselves with gathering in the exiles, lighten the afflictions of Mashiach ben Yosef during the period called “the footsteps of the Mashiach.” The decree regarding the death of Mashiach ben Yosef will be nullified by subdivision into small parts, as in the parable recounted in the Midrash. There is a parable of a king who became angry with his son and swore to throw a big stone at him. Afterwards, he regretted what he had said, and had compassion on him. In order to fulfil his vow nevertheless, he broke up the big stone into many small ones and threw all these small stones at his son one by one. Thus, the son was not killed, yet he suffered from the small stones. These are the pangs of the Mashiach: the suffering will come gradually, together with the 999 footsteps of the Mashiach, in such a way that the decree is divided into 999 small parts. In contrast, help will come as hinted in the sentence Jer 30:7 ‘Oh! For great is that day, there is none like it. And it is the time of Yaʽaqoḇ’s distress, but he shall be saved out of it.  

The general mission of Mashiach ben Yosef is three-fold: revelation of the mysteries in the Torah, ingathering of the exiles, and removal of the unclean spirit from the land. The ingathering of exiles encompasses three tasks: building Jerusalem, gathering in the exiles, and fulfilling the commandments dependent on the Land. All these are hinted at in the following sentences: Psa 24:3 Who does go up into the mountain of Adonai? And who does stand in His set-apart place? “who will ascend the mountain of the Lord” referring to the ingathering of exiles (initial letters מב"י are initials of Mashiach ben Yosef). Psa 24:3 Who does go up into the mountain of Adonai? And who does stand in His set-apart place? “who will stand up in the place of his sanctuary” referring to the building (initial letters are initials of Mashiach ben Yosef). Wherever the word “to stand up” is mentioned, it refers to the line of Mashiach ben Yosef, as in the phrase Gen 37:7  “See, we were binding sheaves in the midst of the field, and see, my sheaf rose up and also stood up. And see, your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” “my sheaf rose” Psa 24:5 He receives a blessing from Adonai, And righteousness from the Elohim of his deliverance. “he will receive a blessing from HaShem” refers to something that carries with it a blessing, such as planting [the initial letters are the initials of Mashiach ben Yosef, though in reverse order מב"י. And in the sentences Jer 31:20 “Is Ephrayim a precious son to Me, a child of delights? For though I spoke against him, I still remembered him. That is why My affections were deeply moved for him. I have great compassion for him,” declares Adonai. “return to your cities” “build Jerusalem” Psa 102:14 For Your servants have been pleased with her stones, And they favor her dust. “it is the time to favour her.” ‘To favour’ refers to planting as it states, “he will favour its dirt.” Each one of them accords with the gematria of “testimony in Yosef” that refers to Mashiach ben Yosef. Also, these three tasks were given to Cyrus as it states: “I am HaShem Who confirms the word of His servant, and fulfils the counsel of his messengers; Who says of Jerusalem: ‘It will be settled’... Who says to the depths, ‘Dry up, and I will dry out your rivers’ Who says of Cyrus, ‘my shepherd’ he will fulfil all my desire” etc. Isa 44:24-28 Thus said Adonai, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, “I am Adonai, doing all, stretching out the heavens all alone, spreading out the earth, with none beside Me, 25 frustrating the signs of the babblers, and driving diviners mad, turning wise men backward, and making their knowledge foolish, 26 confirming the word of His servant, and completing the counsel of His messengers, who says of Yerushalayim, ‘Be inhabited,’ and of the cities of Yehuḏah, ‘They shall be built, and her ruins raised up by Me,’ 27 who is saying to the deep, ‘Be dry, and your rivers I dry up,’ 28 who is saying of Koresh, ‘He is My shepherd, and he completes all My pleasure, even saying to Yerushalayim, “Let her be built,” and to the Hĕḵal, “Let her foundation be laid.” ’ According to the explanation of the Gaon, the word in Gematria equals [131] because the purpose of building Eretz Israel is to drive out from the gates of Jerusalem. And therefore, this is the mission of Cyrus as part of the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef from the left side, which means the quality of Din. The might of Mashiach ben Yosef lies in the miraculous assistance he can offer in connection with the ingathering of exiles that will come about when the awakening comes from below.

7.            [b]. Act and be successful. One of the special characteristics of Mashiach ben Yosef is his successfulness when he acts, as it says about Yosef (son of Jacob), Gen 39:3 And his master saw that Adonai was with him and that Adonai made all he did to prosper in his hand. “whatever he did, the Lord made prosper in his hand.” The following great idea of the Gaon became known: there are only two commandments which a person’s entire body has to enter in order to fulfil them, the commandment of the tabernacle, and that of Eretz Israel. This is hinted at in the sentence, “And his tabernacle was in Shalem, and his dwelling-place in Zion,” and the Gaon adds that the commandment regarding tabernacles requires you to ‘do’ that is, to fulfil a positive commandment, not to take from what is done. Likewise, about Zion. As it states in the Midrash on the sentence: “a redeemer will come to Zion” As long as Zion is not yet built, the redeemer will not come. As Our Sages of blessed memory said (Megillah 17b), “after Jerusalem is built, the son of David [Mashiach] will come.” According to the Midrash, the son of David will not come until Jerusalem is built.

8.           [c] Isa 60:22 “The little shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation. I, Adonai, shall hasten it in its time.” “in its time, I will hasten it.” Our Sages interpreted this principle to mean that, if they [the People of Israel] merit it, I will hasten it [the Redemption]; if not, I will bring it in its own time (Sanhedrin 98a). Regarding this, the Gaon commented that after all, the verse should be interpreted literally. According to the plain interpretation, even if the Redemption comes at its proper time, I will hasten it. When? ”when the smallest will become a thousand and the youngest a mighty nation” The words smallest and youngest refer to Efraim, who is Mashiach ben Yosef. It is known that the highest level of Mashiach ben Yosef, who will come when the awakening comes from below, is 1000 less one, or 999 in the sefira of Yesod. When the smallest one will become 1000, that is, when his deeds reach the level just below 1000, then - I am HaShem; even in its time, I will hasten it. This is also the meaning of Deu 32:35  Vengeance is Mine, and repayment, At the time their foot slips; For near is the day of their calamity, And the matters prepared are hastening to them. In the words of the Gaon (in which there is also some hint regarding his name), “there is a time for every desire” means that determination of the time depends on the objective below, as it says with regard to Cyrus, “and he will fulfil all my desire.” Cyrus was given his mission in connection with Mashiach ben Yosef from the left side, that is, from the side of Din that is operative when the awakening comes from below. Many times, I have witnessed the Gaon pacing around his room, speaking agitatedly saying, “Adonai of the Universe, don’t you have a middle road between ‘its time’ and ’I will hasten it.’” We insist on the plain interpretation of your promise: “I am HaShem; in its time, I will hasten it.”

9.            [d]. by possession and conquest in the revealed end. The fourth principle is that at the beginning of the Redemption in our time, i.e., the final redemption in the last generation, all activities must be in accord with one of two lines or paths: one is the line of Ezra and Nehemia; the other is the line of Yoshua. Regarding the sentence, Deu 11:31  ‘For you are passing over the Yardĕn to go in to possess the land which Adonai your Elohim is giving you, and you shall possess it and dwell in it, “you shall possess it and you shall settle in it” Rabbi Eliyahu, the Vilna Gaon says (in Ader Eliyahu, on Deut. 11), “Because of your merit in taking possession of it, you will dwell in it, and how will you take possession of it, by establishing your claim.” How does one establish a claim? This is done by building and planting as is the law in general about possession of land. This is in line with what was done by Ezra and Nehemia. However, when necessary, force may also be used (in this case, there is a kametz under the Het--meaning by force; if there is a hataf-patach under the het, it means by establishing a claim, by possession), and this is in line with what was done by Yoshua. The Gaon showed us a wonderful hint regarding this idea, i.e., that according to gematria ‘Ezra and Nehemia’ together equal Yoshua’ [391] Yoshua was a descendant of Efraim ben Yoseph, the one who fought Amalek. in gematria, when counting the value of all the letters pronounced when saying the word [that is], equals [490] Sitra Achra. The mission of Yoshua son of Nun, a descendant of Efraim, was to fight Amalek. Yoshua was the Mashiach ben Yosef, who was supposed to counterattack [lit.: bring the war back to the gates of Jerusalem] at the entrance to the city. Here would be the centre of the war against Esau, as it says Psa 76:3 There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and the sword and the battle-axe. Selah. This mission of Mashiach ben Yosef was hinted at in the sentence above, Psa 76:2 And His booth is in Shalĕm. And His dwelling place in Tsiyon.

By using gematria, the Gaon discovered a hint regarding his own mission and a hint at his name in the words “his tabernacle in Shalem and his dwelling-place in Zion.” Those words equal the value of 3 generations of the Gaon “Eliyahu son of Shlomo Zalman son of Yisachar Dov” (as explained below in Chapter 3).

These things ensure us that in our war against Amalek, from every aspect our tabernacle will be complete with the help of Elohim. And the Gaon meant by his interpretation of the w0rds “you shall inherit it by establishing your claim” that this refers to the time of the revealed end mentioned by our Sages (Sanhedrin 98a; Megillah 17b) on the sentence, Eze 36:8 “But you, O mountains of Yisra’ĕl, put forth your branches and bear your fruit to My people Yisra’ĕl, for they are about to come! This was the keen desire of the Vilna Gaon.

A major principle of the Gaon was that all activities regarding the beginning of the Redemption have to be similar to the activities during the time of Ezra and Nehemia and in the time of Cyrus. The Gaon wrote specifically that ingathering of the exiles can be merited by fulfilling the mitzvot dependent on being in Eretz Israel. The second meaning of is “take possession by force” in the words of the Gaon (that is, with a kametz as noted above) is, as it says (Keddushin 26a) in accord with the sentence: Jer 40:10  “And I, see, I am dwelling at Mitspah, to serve the Chaldeans who come to us. But you, gather wine and summer fruit and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities which you have taken.” “settle in your cities that you have taken.”

The purpose of gathering in the exiles is to wage Elohim’s war against Amalek, which was the main mission of Yoshua, in line with Mashiach ben Yosef. The war against Amalek includes every aspect, against all the enemies of Israel, including Armilus, the prince of the mixed multitude. It is also intended to remove the spirit of impurity from the Land, and to bring" Knesset Israel and Shechina from below, from the earth.

The opening of the war against Gog and Magog will start with the first redemption before the coming of the righteous mashiach, Mashiach ben David, may it be speedily in our day. The main activity concerns building Jerusalem and gathering in the exiles and fulfilling the commandments connected with the Land according to secrets concerning the revealed end.

All the above is the mission of the Gaon, the light of Mashiach ben Yosef, according to his exalted directives, both explicit and hinted at by way of Tsofnat Paneach, or by calculations, or by way of secrets in Kol HaTor regarding the actual beginning of the revealed end. This was the keen desire of the Vilna Gaon and his students. The Rabbi’s mission is hidden in the sentence Isa 33:20 See Tsiyon, the city of our appointed time; your eyes shall see Yerushalayim, an undisturbed home, a tent not taken down. Its stakes are never removed, nor any of its cords broken.” Which was said regarding the mission of Mashiach ben Yoseph. Likewise, based on known hints, the Holy Ari viewed his own mission as that of Mashiach ben Yosef.

10.        [e]. escapees [refugees] in Zion. The fifth principle is that Joe 2:32 “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of Adonai shall be delivered. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape as Adonai has said, and among the survivors whom Adonai calls. “for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, ... and among the remnant, those whom the Lord will call.” Since according to Midrash Tanchuma, Zion is in the line of Mashiach Ben Yosef, whatever befell Yosef, befell Zion. (Ariel see: Klipot and The Gaon said that this is hinted at also in the word “among the remnant” which in gematria equals “Mashiach ben Joseph” [566], by means of whom, according to the Gaon, the ingathering of the exiles will be accomplished. As the number of ingathered increases, so the Sitra Achra will increase its strength. Then another prosecutor will be added, against those who do not strengthen the ingathering of exiles after the beginning of the Redemption has started with the ingathering, for then in “Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, ... and among the remnant ....” A word to the wise is enough. This worried the Gaon a great deal.

What is the connection between abundance from above on the one hand, and the refugees in Zion and Jerusalem on the other hand? The ingathering of exiles clears the way for abundance from above to reach Israel. The abundance in all the upper special characteristics that will come by way of Zion and Jerusalem will be evident in life, salvation, blessings, peace, lovingkindness, mercy, goodness, etc. Such an abundance is mentioned specifically in the following passages. Abundance of life, for example, is noted in: “there Adonai commanded the blessing of life forever” Psa 133:3 Like the dew of Ḥermon, that comes down on the mountains of Tsiyon. For there Adonai commanded the blessing, Life forever! And in, “to look upon the goodness of Adonai in the land of the living”. Abundance of salvation is noted in: “for from Zion comes salvation for Israel”. Abundance of blessings is mentioned in: “may Elohim bless you from Zion” Psa 128:5  Adonai shall bless you out of Tsiyon, And let you see the good of Yerushalayim All the days of your life, etc., and in: “because there the Adonai commanded the blessing” Psa 133:3 Like the dew of Ḥermon, that comes down on the mountains of Tsiyon. For there Adonai commanded the blessing, Life forever! etc. Abundance of peace, as in: “peace of Jerusalem” Psa 122:6  Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim, Let those who love You be at rest. And Jerusalem means the city of peace. Abundance of lovingkindness, as in: Psa 133:3  Like the dew of Ḥermon, That comes down on the mountains of Tsiyon. For there Adonai commanded the blessing, Life forever! The “dew of the Hermon” refers to the attribute of lovingkindness. Abundance of mercy, for Elohim builds Jerusalem with mercy, as is written: “Who, in his mercy, builds Jerusalem” [see Blessing after meal]. Abundance of goodness, as is written: “and see the goodness of Jerusalem” Psa 128:5  Adonai shall bless you out of Tsiyon, And let you see the good of Yerushalayim All the days of your life. And “this good mountain and the Lebanon” Psa 128:6 And let you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Yisra’ěl!. All the above are the assignment of Mashiach ben Yosef, because Zion is in line with Yosef according to the Midrash mentioned above. If Zion is desolate, a spirit of impurity prevails and places obstacles preventing the passage of abundance from above. Only building Jerusalem can strengthen the connection as it states: Psa 122:3  Yerushalayim is built As a city that is bound together.

11.         [f]. Torah from Zion. “for from Zion will the Torah come forth” Isa 2:3  And many peoples shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the House of the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ, and let Him teach us His ways, and let us walk in His paths, for out of Tsiyon comes forth the Torah, and the Word of Adonai from Yerushalayim.”. This refers to the revelation of the secrets of the Torah, whose principal source is Zion and Jerusalem. The Gaon wrote much about the fact that the redemption depends on learning Kabbalism, for thus the teachings of our righteous Mashiach will be revealed gradually, which means the teachings the Tora of Eretz Israel (which is the the Jerusalem Talmud). This is revealed in the words “and the gold of the land is good” Gen 2:12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium is there, and the shoham stone.

12.         [g]. Tsofnat Paneach. At the beginning of the redemption when “it is the time to favour her” Psa 102:14 For Your servants have been pleased with her stones, and they favor her dust. Which will occur through Mashiach of the beginning of the Redemption, then hints in the Torah and in the works of our Sages of blessed memory will begin to be revealed. Thereby, people will begin to understand the ways of the beginning of the Redemption and the footsteps of the Mashiach hinted at in the words, “designated deeds, times and emissaries” as is written: Son 2:12  “The flowers have appeared in the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land. Also, according to the command Isa 40:3  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of Adonai; make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim. As explained below in chapters 3 and 4, the Gaon came down from Heaven in order to reveal the hints of the Torah regarding the footsteps of the Mashiach, hinted at in Tsofnat Paneach, and accordingly to instruct us how to act during the period known as the footsteps of the Mashiach (see above section 9 [d], and below Chapter 3).

13.         There are seven ways for the beginning of the Redemption to occur in practice, with the help of Elohim. [a] pangs and pleasure. We must know beforehand that the beginning of the Redemption will come by way of suffering and pleasure, as hinted at in the sentence “pangs for Yosef.” It will come with the quality of Din when the awakening starts from below. The footsteps of the Mashiach come with pangs, and sometimes even indirectly. On the other hand, in contrast, the quality of Lovingkindness is present, as it says, “he [Israel] stretched out his right hand and placed it on Efraim’s head.”

We must know beforehand, that during the period of the footsteps of the Messiah, whenever there is trouble, help will come, and the help will come out of the trouble, as it states: Jer 30:7  Oh! For great is that day, there is none like it. And it is the time of Ya‛aqoḇ’s distress, but he shall be saved out of it. The Gaon, in his commentary on Habakkuk regarding the verse “I will rest on the day of distress” states that this sentence refers to Mashiach ben Yosef, and that we should know beforehand that Eretz Israel is obtained by suffering. But in that manner, it is definitely obtained. The footsteps of the Mashiach comes with disturbances and obstacles brought on by the Angel of Esau as well as by Armilus, the Angel of the mixed multitude. Finally, however, the Angel of Esau will fall into the hands of the Angel of Yosef, as we find in the Midrash Tanchuma (on the parsha “Ki Tezeh”)--with the help of the Mashiach ben David, as happene when Yudah saved Yosef, and as meant by the words: “out of the strong came forth sweetness” and by “He will accept the work of our hands.” Therefore, Elohim forbid that we retreat when difficulties arise or when an obstacle appears to prevent us from continuing to work. On the contrary, we must trust that out of that obstacle, help will come to Yacob, and from the straits we will reach the breadth [abundance] of Divine help.

14.        [b]. to walk [act] modestly. Every act of the beginning of Redemption must be in accord with the verse “walk modestly with your Elohim” as revealed in the words, “place it in the ears of Joshua” who was in line the line of Mashiach ben Yosef. The word “in the ears of” should be taken literally, but it also hints at something concealed. In gematria, equals 70. Likewise, the word equals 70. In addition, the Gaon mentions another hint. He quotes the verse: “the secret counsel of HaShem is with those that fear him.” If we add up the letters of as pronounced, that is, then the total value of the letters is 366 which equals the value of Mashiach ben Yosef by means of whom the ingathering of the exiles will be accomplished.

The Gaon also commented on the words, “it is the glory of Elohim to conceal a thing.” In gematria, the words “to conceal a thing” equal “you have brought the tribes” [871].

With this in mind, the Gaon directed us to call the prophecies concerning the ingathering of exiles: “Vision of Zion” rather than “Return of the Exiles” [lit.: return of Zion]. The vision of Zion refers to the sentence, “visualize Zion, the city of our designated times” which means that the designated time of the redemption depends on Zion. Thus, the sentence refers to the Mashiach ben Yosef. This concurs with what is found in the writings of the Holy Ari of blessed memory. It also agrees with the sentence, “to visualize the pleasantness of HaShem and seek deep understanding in his Temple” as we know. See below, chapter 2, regarding the 156 aspects of Mashiach ben Yosef.

15.         [c]. little by little. We must know beforehand that the beginning of the Redemption will come gradually, a little at a time. According to our Sages of blessed memory (Yerushalmi: Brachot, ch. 1), the redemption of Israel will come about little by little, like the first rays of light before dawn, Mic 7:8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. When I have fallen, I have risen, when I sit in darkness Adonai is a light to me. And Pro 4:8 “Exalt her and let her uplift you; She brings you esteem when you embrace her. “a light that increases more and more until the day is established.” Therefore, one should start any deed connected with the beginning of the Redemption, even to a small extent, as is written: Jer 3:14 “Return, O backsliding children,” declares Adonai, “for I shall rule over you, and shall take you, one from a city and two from a clan, and shall bring you to Tsiyon.

The Gaon states that there is an important rule that anything that will occur when the Redemption is complete, will begin gradually at its beginning. This is also true of rebuilding Jerusalem. One should begin, even with one stone. According to what is written, Isa 28:16 Therefore thus said the Master Adonai, “See, I am laying in Tsiyon a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a settled foundation. He who trusts shall not hasten away. “Behold I lay in Zion a foundation stone, a tried stone” for this stone will test the will to rebuild Jerusalem and to enlarge the site of its tent, and Elohim will help us do this.

We also asked the Gaon about what is revealed by the words, Gen 33:14 “Please let my master go before his servant, and let me lead on slowly according to the pace of the livestock that go before me, and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my master in Sĕʽir.” “Slowly according to the pace” that is, why must the beginning of the Redemption occur slowly? If it comes when it is a time of favour on the part of Elohim in connection with gathering in the exiles of Israel, is the hand of HaShem short [is it too difficult for Elohim] to accomplish this task on a large scale all at once? The Gaon then explained to us that the period of the beginning of the Redemption will come into being if the Jews do not have the merit, which means when it does not come because of our righteousness. In that case, if the Redemption comes suddenly, then on the one hand it will be impossible to bear the suffering that will come with the quality of Din, as explained above. On the other hand, it will be impossible to accept the great light that will come all at once from the side of Lovingkindness. We must understand all this beforehand in connection with the practical work involved in gathering in the exiles.

I asked the Gaon what to do if it would be possible physically to bring all of Israel to Eretz Israel all at once. For so many questions and difficulties would arise in arranging the settlement. After deep reflection upon this question. the Gaon replied: “If it becomes possible to bring to the Eretz Israel 600, 000 at one time, that should be done immediately, because there is great and complete [all-encompassing] power in the number 600, 000, and that could defeat Samael in the gates of Jerusalem. Then the complete Redemption would come miraculously, aided by clouds of Heaven, as it states: Isa 35:10  And the ransomed of Adonai shall return and enter Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. According to our Sages of blessed memory, as well as the Gaon, this verse refers to the period of Mashiach ben Yosef (Shabbat 88a). The verse includes the letters of the number 600, 000. We know beforehand that in contrast to all the good things that will come gradually during the time of the Mashiach, according to the important rule the Gaon explained above, there will be obstacles caused by the Sitra Achra, obstacles detailed by our Sages that will occur during the time of the Mashiach [the footsteps of the Mashiach], Elohim forbid. But, with the help of Elohim, we can overcome them, as our Prophets and our Sages have promised us, and at the direction of the Gaon as well as with his holy blessing, at the beginning of the Redemption by the ingathering of exiles when the awakening of the Mashiach ben Yosef starts from below. Gradually then, the special good attributes of the Mashiach ben Yosef will also appear. As is written: “open up the gates of salvation” “I was brought low, and he saved me” “out of it he will be saved” “HaShem has saved his anointed” etc. All this was said about the Mashiach ben Yosef, a good channel that is [999] revealed in the words: “whoever sees the letter in a dream” etc. And so, the blessing of E-l Shad-ai is that all of these should be matters of holiness. All these are the assignment of Mashiach ben Yosef and of the light of Mashiach ben Yosef in the final generation, that is, of the light of the Gaon whose light increases until the day is established.

16.        [d]. a poor man on a donkey. If the beginning of the Redemption occurs without merit, it will come about like a poor man riding a donkey, that is, in poverty, both with regard to the ingathering of exiles and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. As it states: Jer 31:9  “With weeping they shall come, and with their prayers I bring them. I shall make them walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they do not stumble. For I shall be a Father to Yisra’ěl, and Ephrayim – he is My first-born. The Gaon hinted that in gematria the word “supplications” equals Mashiach ben Yosef [566]. So it is written, Psa 116:6  Adonai guards the simple; I was brought low, but He saved me. which refers to Mashiach son of Efraim. This is what David prayed for, that Mashiach ben Yosef would not die, as explained by the Gaon in his boor “Yahel Or”; and with regard to building Jerusalem as it states, Isa 14:32  And what does one answer the messengers of a nation? “That Adonai has founded Tsiyon, and the poor of His people take refuge in it.” All this will be like the image of a poor man riding a donkey. It will occur when the awakening of the beginning of the Redemption comes naturally until we merit the clouds from Heaven.

17.         [e]. people of truth. One of the main means for the survival of all our work, is the establishment of a group of people of truth. According to our Sages of blessed memory (Shabbat 119b), Jerusalem was destroyed only because truthful men were no longer there, and so could not establish men of truth, with integrity, in our Holy City. Without that, there is no value to all our labor and our deeds, Elohim forbid. This, according to all the bases and rules that we have set up with the help of Elohim.

18.        [f]. equal measures. The settlement of our Holy Land in general, and the construction of Jerusalem in particular must be according to the principle of equal [balanced/ accurate] measures for everyone. According to our Sages of blessed memory, Mashiach ben David will not come until all the measures/ prices are equal. Yet another interpretation by them is that Mashiach ben David will not come until all the rates are accurately balanced (Sanhedrin 98a). See the commentary of our Sages on equally measured gardens (Baba Batra 75b; and the Tosafot there). This, too, is included in the assignment of the Gaon as expressed in the verse: Deu 25:14  “You shall not have in your house differing measures, a large and a small. Which is immediately followed by: Deu 25:15  “You shall have a perfect and right weight, a perfect and right measure, so that they prolong your days on the soil which Adonai your Elohim is giving you. In the last verse, the Gaon found his name and his assignment in the Torah as is known. The Gaon explained to us that the term “in your house” refers to Eretz Israel, as it states “so that they prolong your days on the soil which Adonai your Elohim is giving you.” Afterwards it states, “which Adonai your Elohim gives you.” Likewise with respect to a built-up Jerusalem: It states, Psa 122:7  Peace be within your walls, rest in your citadels.” Translated by Onkelos as “peace regarding your possessions.” For there is no durable peace unless there is peace regarding possessions and equal measures, as stated above. In order to carry out the intention of the text: Isa 40:4  “Let every valley be raised, and every mountain and hill made low. And the steep ground shall become level, and the rough places smooth. in accord with what is written Isa 54:14  “In righteousness you shall be established” meaning in a way that is just and equal for everyone, as it states, Isa 28:17  And I shall make right-ruling the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet. With regard to settling Jerusalem, our Sages of blessed memory have already said that Jerusalem was not part of the division of Eretz Israel into districts for each tribe. Also, no house in Jerusalem should be leased out. In chapter 6 of this work, this matter is explained in greater detail. If this is fulfilled, then the verse Zec 8:12  Because of the sowing of peace the vine does give its fruit, the ground does give her increase, and the heavens do give their dew. And I shall cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these.  Will be fulfilled. According to our Sages of blessed memory, the statement that Eretz Israel will give forth its fruit, was said with regard to the revealed end (Sanhedrin 98a), and this is the main foundation for the establishment of truthful men, discussed above. Proof of this lies in the fact that in gematria the words: equals [457]. A hint to the wise is sufficient.

19.        [g]. in righteousness [also: with charity-charity is considered a deed of righteousness] will you be established. Our Sages of blessed memory said (Sanhedrin 98a) that Jerusalem will only be redeemed through charity, as it says [in juxtaposition]: Isa 1:27  Tsiyon shall be ransomed with right-ruling, and her returning ones with righteousness. The word pidyon [redemption or ransom] is in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef. This is what the Gaon hinted at in the words “it will be redeemed with justice” From Isa 1:27  Tsiyon shall be ransomed with right-ruling, and her returning ones with righteousness. Which in gematria is equal to (the first Mashiach) [920]. It states: Isa 54:14  “In righteousness you shall be established The word righteousness should be taken literally. Righteousness means equality for everyone, as in Isa 28:17  And I shall make right-ruling the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet. The plain meaning of righteousness should be understood here, i.e., a generous contribution. It was decreed and it is also an expression of pardon that the resettlement of Israel will be accomplished through contributions, because Elohim wanted to give all of Israel--the near and the far--credit for taking part in the building of the property of Elohim, according to what is written: 2Ch 24:5  And he gathered the priests and the Lěwites, and said to them, 2Ch 24:5  And he gathered the priests and the Lěwites, and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Yehuḏah, and gather from all Yisra’ěl silver to repair the House of your Elohim from year to year, and see that you hurry the matter.” But the Lěwites did not hurry it.   Many other commandments of the Torah are included and concealed here, as explained below in chapter 7.

Yosef is still alive. -- The independence of Mashiach ben Yosef is related to three categories: a) the Mashiach ben Yosef from above is Metatron, the Minister of Interior; as is known, Yosef is Metatron. Both of them are from the light from above, and both are in the sefira Yesod, and active in the war against Armilus (especially in the war of Gog and Magog). He is helped by Seraiah ben Dan. b) In every generation one Mashiach ben Yosef from below appears. He is a righteous person, a foundation of the world, who because of his deeds and the root of his soul, merits acting for the salvation of Israel, carrying out helpful deeds and glorifying the Torah through his dedication. Thus, he reaches to the high level of Mashiach ben Yosef, which is 999 in the sefira Yesod. c) Mashiach ben Yosef who is present in every house of Israel in general, according to what is revealed by the words “remnant of Yosef” which was said about all of Israel in general and regarding every man of Israel in particular. Mashiach ben Yosef resides within the 999 sparks of many a soul in Israel, in those who merit carrying out deeds that promote the ingathering of exiles, etc. Whoever merits, on the basis of his deeds as well as the merits of his forefathers, carrying out deeds that are characteristic of Mashiach ben Yosef, is considered a spark from the root of the soul of Mashiach ben Yosef, each according to the level of his deeds.

20       Yosef is still alive. All three Hebrew words are from the sefira Yesod. The first word od’ is in the sefira of Hod, on the left side line. ‘Yosef’ is from the sefira Yesod of the middle line. ‘Chai’ is from Nezach of Yesod on the right-side line.

21.         Yosef is still alive. The light of Mashiach ben Yosef has three levels: a) Mashiach ben Yosef from the land, in line with Yosef, son of Rachel, from the aspect of recipient. b) Mashiach ben Yosef from Heaven in line with Yosef son of Jacob, from the aspect of one who gives and influences. c) Mashiach ben Yosef from both Heaven and Earth, revealed in the words “even all in the Heavens and Earth.” is in the sefira Yesod. In gematria “all in the Heavens and Earth” equals Mashiach ben Efraim” [741]. Likewise, the value of “horn of salvation” is 741 in gematria, and, according to the Gaon, this refers to Mashiach ben Efraim. Every act of ransom and saving by Mashiach ben Yosef is aided by Mashiach ben David in line with the incident in which Yehudah saved Yoseph. According to what is written: Gen 37:26  And Yehuḏah said to his brothers, “What would we gain if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? By saving Yosef, Yehudah merited being the one from whom the kingdom of David descended.

22.        Yosef is still alive. Our forefathers and many of the Prophets of Elohim, kings of Israel, and many of the Tannaim and Amoraim, many of the great men of Israel and the men of deeds in every generation were in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef. The first one was our forefather Abraham, as revealed in the words, “whereby will I know that I will inherit it?” As known, wherever the term inheritance’ is used in connection with Eretz Israel, it is in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef. This is hinted at in the word “I will inherit” which in gematria equals Mashiach ben Yosef [566]. Our forefather Abraham started the beginning of the first Redemption, that is the redemption of the holiness from below, which is the land of the Land of Israel [Eretz Israel]. Our forefather Isaac was in the line of the Mashiach ben Yosef from the time he was bound as a sacrifice. His name even hints at "end of life”. Our forefather Jacob was in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef from the time he fought the Angel of Esau, after which it says, “Yacob came to Shalem.” Shalem, to Succoth. Yehudah was in the same line, from the time he saved Yosef; Yosef, from the time of his first dream; Moshe Rebbeinu, from the time he took along the bones of Yosef. Yoshua son of Nun was the first who fought in the battle of HaShem against Amalek. Both Saul and David fought in the war of HaShem. And it is known that every war of HaShem is considered to be in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef, etc., etc. During recent generations, the Holy Ari and his special student, the holy and pure R. Chaim Vital, and the Holy Rabbi, author of Or Hachaim were also in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef as is known. And in the last generation, it was the Gaon, our Rabbi, Rabbi Eliyahu, light of Mashiach ben Yosef whose light goes before us, and whose light increases until the day will be established. A few of his students, who fulfilled his commandment regarding the vision of Zion to accept and be inspired with his spirit and his great light, are also in the line of Mashiach ben Yosef.

Yosef is still alive. A righteous person lives by his faith. Together with all our activities connected with the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef, we are commanded, and it is incumbent upon us to pray a great deal for the life and success of Mashiach ben Yosef. Our entire existence is revealed by the words “remnant of Yosef” through whom the ingathering of exiles will be accomplished. This refers to the Mashiach ben Yosef from below who is present in every generation. We must pray that he not be killed by the wicked Armilus, that he should not die before he carries out completely his holy mission, that he should be able to stand up against Armilus who seeks to cause him to fail in all his ways; that he should maintain his faith in his great and holy mission until his last day. This is what is meant by, “a righteous person lives by his faith, ” referring to Mashiach ben Yosef from above, that his light should not go out, the light that connects the middle column of the [the Shechina] with our Father in Heaven which is the centre bolt that connects Yesod and Malchut as well as Yesod to Tiferet in the middle line, the line of Compassion. King David, of blessed memory, prayed many prayers on behalf of Mashiach ben Yosef, that he should not die, but Israel’s poverty should help annul the decree against Mashiach ben Yosef, as revealed by the words, Psa 116:6  Adonai guards the simple; I was brought low, but He saved me.  which is one of the prayers that King David, of blessed memory, prayed on behalf of Mashiach ben Yosef, as explained by the Gaon. We are especially obligated to pray as follows (the English translation follows the Hebrew paragraph):

The prayer “Yosef is still alive” (which begins: “Have mercy, our Father in Heaven, on the remnant of Yosef” etc.), the prayer of Amidah “On the throne of David your servant” in the blessing “Build Jerusalem” the prayer “The descendant of David, we hoped for your help all day, who causes the horn of help to sprout.” “A prayer of the afflicted, when he faints” Psa 102:1 O Adonai, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You. And there also, “Have mercy on Zion, for it is the time to favour her, etc., for your servants have cherished her stones etc., so nations will fear the name of HaShem” etc. “I love [Him] for HaShem hears” Psa 116:1 I love Adonai, because He has heard my voice, my pleas. There, too, “I was brought low, and He saved me.” Psa 118:5  Out of my straits I called upon Adonai; He answered me with great enlargement. and also there, “I will not die, for I will live” etc. “The earth is HaShem’s, and the fullness thereof” and also there, Psa 24:3 Who does go up into the mountain of Adonai? And who does stand in His set-apart place? etc. Psa 110:1  Adanai said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” Psa 20:1 Adonai does answer you in the day of distress! The Name of the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ does set you on high! “For the waters have penetrated unto the soul” Psa 69:1  (69:1) For the Leader; upon Shoshannim. A Psalm of David. (69:2) Save me, O Elohim; for the waters are come in even unto the soul.  Also there Psa 69:35  For Elohim shall save Tsiyon And build the cities of Yehuḏah. And they shall dwell there and possess it. “The wilderness and the parched land shall be glad” etc. Isa 35:1 Let the wilderness and the dry place be glad for them, and let the desert rejoice, and blossom as the rose. Also, Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of Adonai shall return and enter Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. etc. Zec 8:2 “Thus said Adonai of hosts, ‘I shall be jealous for Tsiyon with great jealousy, with great wrath I shall be jealous for her.’ And also there, Zec 8:12 ‘Because of the sowing of peace the vine does give its fruit, the ground does give her increase, and the heavens do give their dew. And I shall cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these. etc. Psa 48:2 Pretty on high, The joy of all the earth, Is Mount Tsiyon on the sides of the north, The city of the great Sovereign. Psa 21:1 The sovereign rejoices in Your strength, O Adonai; And how greatly he exults in Your deliverance! And also, there Psa 21:4 He asked life from You, and You gave it to him – Length of days forever and ever. Also according to the Holy Ari regarding the Mashiach ben Yosef in the prayer: “The throne of David” and according to the Gaon in Tikunei Zohar Chadash. Psa 126:1 When Adonai turns back the captivity of Tsiyon, we shall be like dreamers. Psa 6:1 O Adonai, do not rebuke me in Your displeasure, nor discipline me in Your wrath. Psa 81:1 Shout for joy to Elohim our strength; Raise a shout to the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ. Psa 81:5  He appointed it in Yehosĕph for a witness, When He went throughout the land of Mitsrayim; I heard a language that I did not know. “In distress you called out, and I rescued you” Psa 81:7 “You called in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you in the covering of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meriḇah. Selah. “His tabernacle in Shalem” Psa 76:2 And His booth is in Shalĕm1, Footnote: 1The old name of Yerushalayim. And His dwelling place in Tsiyon. Also there: Psa 29:7 The voice of Adonai cuts through the flames of fire, etc. Psa 31:1 In You, O Adonai, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Psa 31:11 I am a reproach among all my adversaries, But most of all among my neighbors, And a dread to my friends; Those who see me outside flee from me. Psa 30:1 I exalt You, O Adonai, for You have drawn me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.. Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of Adonai say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary. Psa 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psa 27:1 Adonai is my light and my deliverance; Whom should I fear? Adonai is the refuge of my life; Whom should I dread? Psa 27:3  Though an army encamps against me, My heart does not fear; Though battle comes up against me, Even then I would be trusting. Psa 27:13 What if I had not believed To see the goodness of Adonai In the land of the living!

In our deeds and with our prayers we help Mashiach ben Yosef, and by acting with all our strength when the awakening comes from below, we will achieve the unity of Mashiach ben Yosef and Mashiach ben David who are “the tree of Yosef and the tree of Yehudah.” At first, they will be in your hands individually, and afterwards “they will be united in My hand.”

The unity of both are the foundation for the unity of the Holy One blessed be He and the Shechina, and thus the completion of the Redemption.

We must learn and understand all the aspects, qualities and various attributes of Mashiach ben Yosef according to the approach of the Gaon of blessed memory who discusses this a great deal in his holy writings about what is revealed, and what concealed, so that we should know the entire road we must travel and all the ways of the deeds that are before us, because his light and spirit go before us and with us with the help of Elohim.

All the deeds concerned with ingathering exiles in the Land of Israel in general, and in Jerusalem in particular, every general and private act, everywhere of everyone together or separately--all these depend on the existence and success of Mashiach ben Yosef. The existence and success of Mashiach ben Yosef depend on the awakening from below, on the fulfillment of the things and acts that are given and concealed in the 156 qualities, appellations and aspects of Mashiach ben Yosef as explained above and below, so that we participate with all our might in the suffering and special attributes until the highest level of “999 in the sefira Yesod” which means the 999 steps of the awakening from below. It says about that, “the smallest will become a thousand.” that means until the level of 1000, “and the youngest [will become] a mighty nation.” The smallest and youngest refer to Efraim, who is Mashiach ben Yosef. Then “I am HaShem; [even] in its time, I will hasten it.” All in all, there is a great obligation to pray devoutly for the life and success of Mashiach ben Yosef.

 

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