Dreaming of Moshiach

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Devorah HaNevia: MBY

Guest post by Daniel Krentzman via Reb Ari Goldwag

By Devorah HaNevia and Barak Ben Avinoam, a'h, we have a precedent for the kind of dynamic where the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef is shared, in partnership, by two people (male and female דוכרא ונוקבא)

In ‫ שופטים ד' ד-ה‬it says:
‫ודבורה אשה נביאה אשת לפידות היא שפטה את ישראל בעת ההיא והיא יושבת‬ ‫תחת תמר דבורה בין הרמה ובית אל בהר אפרים‬
“Devorah was a prophetess, the wife of Lappidos; she judged Yisrael at that time. She would sit
under the date palm of Devorah between Ramah and Bet El on Mount Efrayim”.

This verse contains hints to Devorah HaNevia and Barak’s possession of the spiritual qualities of Mashiach ben Yosef.

Firstly, ChaZaL taught that: “Lappidos”, used here, which literally means “torch” is
actually another name used to describe “Barak”; for “torch light” and “Barak”, which means “a
flash of light”, are similar in meaning (see Redak).

Different forms of fire and light, such as "‫“ ,"שחר‬morning light”, "‫“ ,"אש‬flame”, "‫“ ,"ברק‬flash
of light” and "‫“ ,"נר‬candle flame” are all references to the spiritual qualities of Mashiach ben
Yosef (see ‫ .(קול התור ב‬

Thus Devorah HaNevia being described as: "‫,"אשת לפידות‬ implies that she was connected to the spiritual quality of Mashiach ben Yosef in her generation. This is also true by Barak, whose name also denotes manifestation of Mashiach ben Yosef.

It is also not happenstance that Devorah HaNevia chose to locate her authority in the area of Mount Efrayim, for "‫ "הר אפרים‬is in the territory of the tribe of Yosef, and “Mount Efrayim” itself is also a term used to describe Mashiach ben Yosef (see קול התור ב' א‬).

It is also not without significance that, in their song (‫שופטים ה' יד‬) Devorah HaNevia and Barak Ben Avinoam mention fighting against Amalek, which is also included in the mission of Mashiach ben Yosef (see ‫קול התור ב' נה סב‬).




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