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THEMES of Featured Mystical Classics Articles

Many Generations
Heaven grants each era a fresh perspective on the Torah, a new insight in tune with the spiritual climate of that time.
"Remember the days of old; reflect upon the years of [other] generations. Ask your father, and he will tell you; your elders, and they will inform you."

Remember the events of former times, what G-d did to past generations who provoked Him to anger as well as to recognize the future, that He has the power to bestow good upon you and to give you as an inheritance the days of the Messiah and the world-to-come.
Raindrops of Wisdom
Like rain is required for growth, so tribulations are the preamble to the Coming World.
"My lesson will drip like rain; my word will flow like dew; like storm winds on vegetation and like raindrops on grass."

Torah study initially appears as if a tremendous input (i.e. "matar") produces relatively little output ("deshe"), only coarse primitive knowledge. In the course of time, however, a steady gentle input ("rivivim") will produce a refined mature output (i.e. "esev").
The Extraordinary Beauty of Jacob
G-d appointed different angelic "ministers" to be in charge of the fates of the various nations.
The good tree from which the soul of Adam emanated eventually was divided into 70 branches, the number of those who descended to Egypt with Jacob. Accordingly, when G-d separated the various nations from one another, He divided them also into 70 to enable each branch of sanctity in the world to rule over its spiritually negative counterpart.
Israel: One Soul United
The Jewish nation is beyond the influence of the stars.
"And the Eternal, your G-d, will circumcise your heart."

Since the time of Creation, man has had the power to do as he pleased, to be righteous or wicked, so that he may gain merit upon choosing the good and punishment for preferring evil. But in the days of the Mashiach, the choice of genuine good will be natural; the heart will not desire the improper and one will have no craving whatsoever for it.
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