More Sparks of Light, from Rosh Hashana 5781
We’re very pleased to share with you more ‘Sparks of Light’ – the translated shiurim of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, shlita, from just before Rosh Hashana, 5781.
You can see a list of the contents, below, and then you can download the full PDF at the bottom of this post.
Amongst other things, you can see the Rav’s prophetic words about there being no point in trying to break open the gates of Uman, for Rosh Hashana 5781, and the importance of connecting to the true Tzaddik, if you really want to accomplish awesome things in the world, and not just pointlessly sleep all your days away.
Here’s a short excerpt:
A person comes to the world to achieve [the concept of] six-hundred thousand prophetesses; that there should be six hundred thousand prophetesses. For this reason, he came to the world. Every person must make sure that in his generation, there will be six-hundred thousand prophetesses. Every woman was created to be a prophetess. “And I will approach the prophetess [and she became pregnant and she gave birth to a child” (Yeshaya chapter 8). This [the prophetess mentioned in the above-mentioned verse] is Yeshayahu’s wife. From here we infer that every woman must be a prophetess. He called his wife a prophetess; maybe she was a prophetess.
 The Jewish Nation is rooted in six-hundred thousand souls who left Egypt. As the Rav will explain in the duration of the lesson, the Sefira (Divine emanation) of Kingship possesses the feminine quality; the power to reveal Godliness to the world. A brief explanation of this concept is that the Sefira of Kingship is the lowest Sefira and receives from the Sefiros above it. The Sefira of Kingship then reveals and brings about to action that which it receives. Nevertheless, the power to receive is rooted in the Sefira of the Crown which possesses the power of nullification and becoming one with God. (One can only receive from another if he is willing to “nullify” himself and admit that the other person possesses a quality that he does not have.) For this reason, the root of the Sefira of Kingship is actually higher than all of the other sefiros as the Rav will mention in the duration of the lesson. Through becoming one with God, the Sefira of Kingship is able to reveal Godliness to the world.
The ultimate level of prophecy is achieved through becoming one with God and seeing Him face to face. Through becoming one with God, one is then able to reveal God’s will and “prophesize” to the world. Therefore, prophecy shares the same aspect as the Sefira of Kinship and the soul of the Jewish women; the power of nullification and revelation.
In addition, in order for God’s will to be completely revealed, all of the Jewish Nation must merit to prophecy. Reason being that God reveals Himself through the Jewish Nation. When all six-hundred thousand souls of the Jewish Nation merit to prophecy, God’s will is completely revealed to the world. Hence, prophesizing and revealing God’s will possesses the same aspect as the six-hundred souls of the Jewish Nation.
 The Radak explains that she was called a prophetess since she was the wife of Yeshayhu who was a prophet. However, the Rav explains that she was called a prophetess since it was normal for women to be prophetesses.