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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kedushas Shabbos Part 113 - The Components of Mashiach

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Shlit’a, breaks open the secret of how the mixture or blending of the Malchus, Kingship of Yosef and Dovid was set up in the union of Boaz and Rus. The lineage of Dovid HaMelech: Yehuda & Tamar - the cradle of chutzpah - begot Peretz - the fence breaker/the trail blazer, Peretz begot Chetzron, Chetzron begot Rom, Rom begot Aminadov, Aminadov begot Nachshon - who walked into the water-also a trail blazer, Nachshon begot Salma, Salma begot Boaz, Boaz begot Ovayd, Ovayd begot Yishai, and Yishai begot Dovid - who also inherited traits from Peretz and Nachshon.  This is Dovid’s yichus, lineage which produced the character strength of the King of Israel.  Kingship is the ability to “break out of the fence.” A king must be able to take risks.  There is no kingship in mediocrity.

As between Yehuda & Tamar and Dovid, Melech HaMashiach, why do we need Boaz and Rus? Boaz, according to the Zohar, is called “Tzadik Yesod Olam”, The Righteous Foundation of the World.  This is also the label that the Zohar uses for Yosef. Noach was a Tzadik, Boaz was a Tzadik and Yosef was a Tzadik; all with the character trait of Yesod, foundation.

Boaz received the title of Tzadik Yesod Olam because and at the very moment that he was nokar es habris, meaning that he withheld his personal desire to marry Rus for the sake of doing the right thing in the granary when Rus offered herself to him as a wife. That is why he was compared to Yosef (vis a vis Yosef’s avoiding of the advances of the daughter of Potifar). And at that moment, Boaz combined the Kingship of Yosef with the Kingship of Dovid/Yehuda.

Palti ben Layish was even stronger in his ability to withhold his personal desires for the sake of someone else.  His “wife” Michal, was given to him by her father, King Shaul (who had taken her away from Dovid).  Palti ben Layish placed a two sided sword in the bed between himself and Michal so as not to usurp the wife of Dovid.

The midah of Yosef must come before the midah of Dovid.  What is the tikun for the Aretz?  To be able to reign over the gashmius before the gashmius reigns over you; to reign over your inclinations.The integration of the midah of Yosef into the midah of Dovid; the strength of the Redemption.

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Meet Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Rabbi Yaacov HaberRabbi Haber has been a leading force in Jewish Outreach for the past 25 years. A founding trustee of AJOP, the Association of Jewish Outreach Professionals, he was the founder and director of the Torah Center of Buffalo from 1980-1990 while serving as a community rabbi in Buffalo. From Buffalo he and his family traveled to Melbourne, Australia where as a project of Kollel Bais HaTalmud he founded the Australian Institute of Torah, a national outreach and adult education program. He directed that program from 1990-1995, at which time he was sought out as National Director of Jewish Education for the Orthodox Union in the United States where he created the Internationally acclaimed and highly successful "Pardes Project."

In addition to his duties at the OU, in 1996 he replaced Rabbi Berel Wein as the spiritual leader of Congregation Bais Torah in Monsey, NY. In keeping with the position of Congregation Bais Torah in the Monsey community, Rabbi Haber was involved in issues involving the greater Monsey community, and counseled hundreds of individuals in the surrounding area.

Rabbi Yaacov Haber is the founder and driving force behind TorahLab. Through TorahLab, Rabbi Haber is bringing together educational and media specialists to create dynamic learning experiences which will be accessible to adults of all backgrounds and levels. Rabbi Haber has published numerous articles and books and is a sought after international lecturer.

Rabbi Haber and his family are presently living in Ramat Beit Shemesh where he is the Rabbi of Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun.

Rabbi Haber can be contacted at yhaber@torahlab.org