Dreaming of Moshiach

Thursday, June 07, 2007

History of Erev Rav

Parshat Miketz in "Ahavat Chaim", a sefer written by the Mekubal Rav Menachem Menashe zs'l, speaks about secrets and interesting facts about the Erev Rav that was never revealed before.

During the time of Egypt, prior to the time when Bnei Israel were slaves, the Erev Rav had total control over the Egyptians and land. The Erev Rav were leaders of Egypt for hundreds of years, including when Yaakov Avinu, zs'l, and sons descented to Egypt.

They were shepherds and were called shepherd Kings. When Yosef HaTzaddik, zs'l, ruled the land, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, was not an Egyptian. He was a shepherd king from the kingdom of Erev. Targumic translator Unkolus, zs'l, says that the Yishmaelim were arab shepherds, from the family of Avraham Avinu, zs'l.

They were the descendants of Yishmael and Katura (aka Hagar, wife of Avraham Avinu) whom captured Egypt by force, against the will of the Egyptians. They brought their countrymen brothers and placed them as judges, officers, and governors over the land of Egypt. They also build an army from their tribesmen to avoid rebels and to subjugate them.

The Eyptians hated them and named them Hoksas. They also called them "the thorns". They hated the shepherd kingdom and its government but had no choice in the matter. Till today, Egyptians loath shepherds.

At that time, Egyptian policy was that a prisoner or servant can never become a member of the kingdom. But the Erev king paid no mind to Egyptian policy and Pharaoh escalated Yosef HaTzaddik's position from servant and prison to ruler over all of Egypt. Pharaoh liked Yosef HaTzaddik because of his loyalty to the kingdom.

In order to subdue the Egyptians, Yosef HaTzaddik forced them to move from one end of the land to the other end. If one lived in the South, they were forced to move to the North. Chazal says that Yosef HaTzaddik also commanded all Egyptian males to be circumcised because the Erev Kingdom were circumcised.

When Yosef HaTzaddik passed away, the Egyptians rebelled and won. The ruler of the rebels became the new Pharaoh king and he was Egyptian-born and bred. He hated the Jews, the family of Yosef HaTzaddik, the shepherd Kings (erev rav), sons of Yishmael, and the sons of Katura from Midyan. And that is why it says "ויקם מלך חדש על מצרים אשר לא ידע את יוסף And a new king ruled in Egypt, and he did not know Yosef".

The new Pharaoh tortured all of them; the Jews, the family of Yosef HaTzaddik, the shepherd Kings (erev rav), sons of Yishmael, and the sons of Katura from Midyan. That is the reason the Erev Rav came out of Egypt with the Jews. They were tortured together with the Jews and redeemed together with the Jews.

Throughout all the generations the Jews fight against the three 'heads' of the K'lipot, Eisav, Yishmael, and the Erev Rav. Zohar: “The Erev Rav damage Israel more than all the nations”. The Vilna Gaon, zs'l, predicted and warned, that the reigns of power are in the hands of the Erev Rav right before Moshiach's arrival.

Pattern of Israeli Leadership Behaviors:
Moshe Dayan surrendered the most sacred of Jewish Holy Places, the Temple Mount, to the Arabs.

Shamir negotiated giving away portions of Eretz Israel.

Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty signed by Menachem Begin, agreeing to withdraw from Sinai.

Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres sign the Oslo Accords. They initiated a process whereby Israel would lose control of its Sacred Places and its Holy Land.

Netanyahu implemented Israel’s withdrawal from most of Hebron.

Barak offered to divide Jerusalem, give up all of the Jordan Valley, and withdraw nearly to the 1967 borders.

Sharon's unilateral disengagement from Gush Katif.

SMolmert ordered the Israeli Air Force to cease firing on truck convoys from Syria to Lebanon known to be carrying fresh supplies of missiles to Hizballah.

The joining of Eisav and Yishmael is the result of Armelius, the sar of the Erev Rav, who are able to destroy Israel and the entire world, may God have mercy. The main drive of the Erev Rav is to unify Eisav and Yishmael and to separate the two moshiachs.

Our main service and battle is to break and to remove the strength of the Erev Rav, the k'lipah of Armelius the Evil, from Israel; the Erev Rav is our greatest enemy, the one who separates the two moshiachs. The k'lipah of the Erev Rav works only through deception and roundabout ways. Therefore, the war against the Erev Rav is the most difficult and bitterest of all. We must strengthen ourselves for this war, and anyone who does not participate in the battle against the Erev Rav becomes, de facto, a partner with the k'lipah of the Erev Rav, and was better off not being born in the first place. (Kol HaTor, Chapter 2).




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו