THERE IS BEAUTY IN NUMBERS WHEN COMING BEFORE HASHEM
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Hashem arranges the Kingdom of heaven beginning with the progression of the very light of Ein Sof down to all of the angels and the different names of God that exist in all the worlds.
Someone asked me why Hashem needs all this. I mean, why exactly does He bring his light to all of these names and angels and worlds? He can do it instantly! And it looks like this might not be necessary at all. Why so many worlds, angels, lights and vessels?
What I answered in basic brevity is that the Torah expression. Imagine when there is a big crowd of the nation to honor the King. This truly is a great honor for the King. This is the simple meaning.
So for example, consider when you can pray with a small minyan and a big Minyan. All other variables come into the calculation, obviously. But, if both of them are equal and with both of them you will have the same level of intention for yourself, it’s better to pray with the big minyan since it’s a higher honor to the King.
Some people, when they go to a place they say their Kiddush although it says in the halacha it’s better to be exempt from the one beracha of the person that is exempting everybody and everybody says amen together because then there is greater honor of the King. So this is the Halachic application of this concept.
This means that when Am Israel is doing the Commandments of Hashem together it causes greater unity in the upper realms. We can say the same thing about the Kingdom of Heaven and that’s what the Ramchal speaks about.
The reason that Hashem made all of those chains of angels and an upper Hierarchy is so that we can honor him more in full.
In the end, we want to see the honor of the King and the way that we can magnify the glory of the King is to have many, many levels. So when we see the gap between those levels, it makes us admire the glory and allows us to be in awe of what we see.
But if the connection was direct without all of this we wouldn’t have the same experience.
THE ONLY REAL CHOICE WE HAVE IS THE PATH OF GOD
The reason the infinite Ein Sof created all these levels is so we will have the possibility to look at it in order to also meditate deeply on Creation so that we can give our hearts the awe of the Kingdom of Hashem.
The Ramchal explains how Hashem made the order of the management of the world. In all of those levels, people can have a choice. And also, all these levels are constantly renewing and developing in the worlds above and below.
All of that is the same regarding the Kingdom of Earth and this is also the meaning of the statement of Chazal that the Kingdom of Heaven mirrors the Kingdom of the Land.
Curiously enough, in both worlds, we have the beit din (Court of Judgment). Though we lost the original Sanhedrin, we are working hard to have Sanhedrin back and there’s even a group that comes to Har Zion on Wednesday every week to establish a new Sanhedrin.
And they have one of the biggest Rabbis in this generation, Rabbi Yoel Schwartz.
AS ABOVE SO BELOW IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM
This may not be so simple to explain, but our point here is that just as we have in this world a beit din and Sanhedrin and all of that is arranged like a court system, so too in Heaven.
We see this in the many stories about that the Baal Shem Tov. Many of his chassidim related that when someone had a certain decree on him, he’d go to the Baal Shem Tov because he had the ability to elevate their neshama and to go up in front of the Heavenly Court. There, the Baal Shem Tov would claim that this person who had this decree deserves to be given another chance. In doing so, he’d pull the defense of the Court forward and mitigate the decree.
Down here, when a decision is made, it is made and is usually unchangeable. But the tzaddik can go to a specific beit din higher up, and put in an appeal. The Zohar relates there are 24 Batei Dinim (Courts of Judgment). The Big tzaddikim could go to all of the 24 Batei Dinim and plead in favor of the person below.
It is known that they had this ability to go to all of these different levels of the Court wherever they’re active in the spiritual worlds.
It’s important to understand that the same system applies to the earthly court system, even when it doesn’t go according to the Torah. Basically, they work in the same way and they mirror the courts above. They have like sometimes strange rules but the system is the same. Everybody copied the system of the Torah.
LETTING GO IS THE BEST POLICY IN THE LONG RUN
Let’s give an example to clarify. Suppose one guy took a loan from his friend, and he didn’t pay back. Not only that but he even denied that he took the loan! But the guy that gave him the loan trusted him and he doesn’t have any proof.
It turns out that, if the guy forgives him, great. But what if he decides not to forgive him?
In the Earthly Court, he cannot prove his claim since he doesn’t have witnesses. He doesn’t have anything on the other guy, but in the Heavenly Court, obviously, they know the truth. This guy that owed the money will have to pay somehow!
So the way that Hashem works is not in a direct way. In fact, it’s very complex and nobody can really understand except the general principles.
It turns out we won’t see the bill of the fifty dollars flying from the pocket of the person that owes it to the person that miraculously go into the pocket of the person that gave him the loan obviously. Yet, somehow Hashem will make it that this guy will lose it and somehow it will roll back to the person that had it before it can also happen in a different lifetime also.
There is a principle that if a person took something that doesn’t belong to him somehow he will have to pay for it. The money can change hands 1000 times, but it will arrive there. And it doesn’t have to be the same lifetime but can even be a different lifetime.
Even if he doesn’t go out in the earthly court, it will happen in the Heavenly Court!
Now another principle that we have to add to the understanding of the system is that the person that gave the loan of the fifty dollars is tied up now because he needs to receive this $50 back.
When both pass away, the person that gave the loan will not be able to proceed to the Next World because this cheater owes him and he didn’t forgive him. Therefore, it might be that he will have to come back in another lifetime for a few shekels, just in order to get his money back!
That’s why the advice of the great rabbis is to forgive whenever possible.
SOMETIMES ITS PRACTICALLY BETTER TO FORGIVE AND FORGET
Anything someone owes you will have to be repaid and if you don’t want to come back to this world you have to forgive him.
Forget about these 50 shekels and let yourself go on to your next world. It’s much more interesting than what we have here. You can be listening to the Ramchal directly in Heaven!
The reason certain prayer that we say in Shema before bed which is very important for the protection of the soul elevates in the night to the spiritual world. There’s a little piece of prayer that we say where forgive all of those people that sined against me in all regards. And this is very important!
The problem is that many times we are so attached to our physical body, money, belongings and all of that. It’s hard to forgive if someone took a loan of 50 shekels. But to forgive 50,000 shekels is almost impossible!
In opposed to going to the next station. So nothing in this world is worthy enough to have you come back here. If you have the spiritual World waiting for you, then the choice is obvious.
And the way to achieve this peace of mind is by becoming a more spiritual person. If it’s time to go to the afterlife, you should go and not look behind. Sometimes you have 3 cars and sometimes you don’t have a car. In the end, it doesn’t mean much.
Having faith in Hashem, true Emunah is what helps us get through. Can’t you still survive without this 50 shekels? Of course you can!
HASHEM CONTROLS BOTH HEAVENLY AND EARTHLY COURTS
Judgment is happening all the time in the spiritual courts, whether we like it or not. Yet, we are almost as much part of Hashem’s judgment on us as He! And He is using these angels as puppet judges by telling them what to say.
Therefore, Yeshayahu and other prophets speak about a certain Vision that they had. Specifically as they says that they saw Hashem sitting on his throne and all of the armies of Heaven were on the right and left sides of Hashem.
As we know, the right side is Hesed and the left side is the gevura. So those on the right side are saying the merits of the person and those on the left are saying the sins and the obligations of a person. It can be a person or the whole world in question.
In the end, the process by which Hashem is running courts in heaven is basically the same way we see it in Earthly Court. Even to the court, Hashem is revealing himself.
So also in every deed that happens, good and evil are in constant conflict.
Nevertheless, in the end, the choice is ours.