Dreaming of Moshiach

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The War Against Sisra

"And Devorah was a prophetess.. wife of Lapidot... and she called Barak ben Avinoam to go to war.. And Barak said if you go with me, I'll go, but if you will not come with me, I'll not go." We learn from this that Barak, zs'l, feared the enemy, mainly Sisra.

Midrash Aba Gurion, zs'l, explains who Sisra was, "There was not a man stronger than him. He was 30 years old when he captured that whole world with his mighty strength. There was not one large city that he did not destroy its walls with his mighty voice. Even the animals were afraid of him, when he raised his voice, the animals would not dare move. When he would go to war, 900 horses would carry him in his chariot, and when he returned, not one survived, he was so big and heavy, his weight sliced them like steel slices cotton. He would go to war with 40,ooo soldiers, 50,000 swordsmen, 60,000 spear fighters, 70,000 guards, 80,000 arrow shooters, and that's besides the additional 900 steel chariots with thousands of soldiers riding in it. Midrash Raba says that he also had 31 kings accompanying him. Sisra was the strongest man ever created. It says about him that when he would go to Nachal Kishon to drink water, the fish would get caught in his beard."

The fear Barak felt from the mighty Sisra, teaches us the power and strength of Devorah HaNevia. Only when she agreed to Barak's condition to join the war against Sisra, he agreed to go to war. Devorah HaNevia outlines the plan of the war against Sisra, and tells Barak to go to Nachal Kishon to lure Sisra, and promises him that HaShem will hand over all of Sisra's army in his hand.

Barak goes to war and HaShem performs many miracles. Sisra’s army is thoroughly defeated but Sisra himself escapes, but only to be killed by Yael, wife of one of his allies. With bravery and courage, Yael, a'h, single-handedly freed Am Israel from the cruel and dangerous Sisra by feeding him warm milk so he would fall asleep. When he was sleeping Yael drove a tent peg through Sisra's skull.

The Arizal says that Sisra and Haman, imach shemam, are both from the klipa of Cain. He brings proof from Prophet Devorah's song הכוכבים ממסלותם נלחמו, the stars from their courses fought against Sisra - Roshei Tevot - HaMaN.

The Zohar HaKadosh, zs'l, says, that Gog uMagog war will be very similar to the war of Sisra, with tremendeous miracles, in the zchut of Devorah HaNevia, a'h. B'h and B'n I'll write about it soon...

When did all this take place?
2448 - Am Israel are redeemed from Egypt and receive the Torah in the Midbar.
2488 - Am Israel enters Cana'an (Israel)
2503 - Yehoshua bin Nun, z'sl, completes the apportionment of Eretz Yisrael
2053- 2516 - Yehoshua bin Nun settles in Tel Kadesh and builds there a Bet Midrash (its remnants are still there).
2654 - Devorah Hanevia, approximately at the age of 40, is appointed to be a prophet, judge, and general for 40 years.

Devorah HaNevia was a rich woman and lived in Bet El in Har Efraim. Barak (her husband) lived in Kadesh Naftali, (now known as Tel Kadesh), in the area of the tribe of Naftali. Barak was not a learned man. He merited to marry Devorah HaNevia in the zchut of serving Yehoshua Bin Nun, zs'l, in his life time and after he passed away.

Eliyahu HaNavi, zachur latov, taught his students, “I testify before the heavens and the earth, whether someone is Jewish or not, man or woman, slave or maidservant, everything is dependent upon deed. That’s what causes Divine Inspiration to rest on someone.” Eliyahu HaNavi then goes on to say that Devorah HaNevia made wicks and had her husband bring them to the Mishkan. That act was the catalyst that caused her spiritual growth into a prophetess. (Rabbi Chayim Vital, zs'l, Introduction to Sha'ar HaHakdamot, printed at the beginning of all editions of Etz Chayim).




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