Dreaming of Moshiach

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Gates of Righteousness

Rabbi Yehuda, zs'l, says: 7 sects of ministering angels are at the gate "Shaarei Tzedek", as King Dovid, z'sl, said,
"פתחו לי שערי צדק, אבוא בם אודה יה
Open for me the gates of righteousness, I will come therein, to thank HaShem”.

זה השער לה' צדיקים יבואו בו
This is the gate for HaShem, righteousness will enter it.

There are 7 gate openings available for the holy soul to enter Gan Eden, till their place of ascend. Each gate has guards.

The first gate is in Maarat HaMachpela, which is adjacent to Gan Eden. Adam HaRishon, zs'l, guards it. If the soul merits, Adam HaRishon announces, "Make room for the Chassid! Welcome!". The neshama exits from the first gate and enters the second gate of Gan Eden.

At the second gate of Gan Eden are cherubs and the rotating blazing hot sword. If the neshama is not worthy, she gets her punishment there and is passed through this blazing fire to remove its restrictions and waste. If the neshama is worthy, she passes thru the blazing sword in peace and is given a note, permission to enter Gan Eden.

Inside the gate of Gan Eden there is one pillar of cloud and glow, mixed together with smoke around it. This pillar is pinned from down to up, to the gate of Yerushalayim of Upper World, and is directed towards Yerushalayim of Lower World.

If the neshama merits, she stays in this place to receive her rewards and becomes refined from the plentiful and goodness that is influenced from above. This Gan Eden is lit from the upper light. Rabbi Yossie, zs'l, says, "I saw this Gan Eden and it is directed towards the Parochet, (ornamental curtain covering the front of the holy ark). On top is freezing ice. The neshama receives pleasure from the glow of the Divine Spirit but is not nourished from it."

If the neshama merits, she goes upwards inside the pillar, and enters the 3rd gate, called Zevul. There are many guards there and they open the door for her, and she enters this gate and praises HKB'H in the Bet HaMikdash of Upper World. Michael, the Ministering Anger, is a Cohen to HKB'H, and he sacrifices this neshama. Rabbi Chiya, zs'l, says, "This sacrifice is unlike the sacrifices, it is like a person sacrificing a gift for the king." Then, Malach Michael ascends the Neshama to the fourth, fifth, and sixth gate and says to HKB'H: "Ribbono Shel Olam, Lucky are Your sons, Your beloved children, sons of Avraham, Itzchak, and Yakaov (Avinu, a'h), and lucky is this neshama that merits this!."

Thereafter, the neshama is ascended to the 7th gate, which is called the pleasantness. Inside the 7th gate of Gan Eden are the living treasures. Every neshama that merits entrance to the 7th gate, immediately becomes a Ministering Angel.

But someone whom violated a cherem (excommunication), his neshama does not even merit to enter the 3rd gate, even after all the suffering and judgment. Chazal said, "Whomever was boycotted for one day in the lower world, is boycotted in the Upperworld for 30 days; whomever was boycotted in the lower world for 30 days, is boycotted in the Upperworld for a year. Whomever is boycotted in the lower world for 1 year, is boycotted eternally in the Upper World. There is no 'medicine' for this."

Therefore, a person should be careful not be lenient in any boycott that has been issued by the community or even by ten layman. Even more so, one should be careful not to violate the cherem (boycott) of learned scholar men.




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