by Rabbi Nati at Mystical Paths
(with a bit of added elucidation by Reb Akiva)
The period of the “End Times” officially begins Monday. Here’s how I come to this statement:
According to the holy Torah and our holy books, the chachamim (sages) say that each day of the week of creation (from the Torah book of Berashis, parshat Berashis) equates to 1,000 years. Specifically 1,000 years according to the Hebrew calendar, as calculated by the chachamim from the creation of the world until today per the writings of the holy Torah.
|Day of the Week ||Start Hebrew Year ||End Hebrew Year |
|Sunday ||Year 0, Creation ||Year 1000 Hebrew / 3240 BCE |
|Monday ||Year 1000 ||Year 2000 Hebrew / 2240 BCE |
|Tuesday ||Year 2000 ||Year 3000 Hebrew / 1240 BCE |
|Wednesday ||Year 3000 ||Year 4000 Hebrew / 240 CE |
|Thursday ||Year 4000 ||Year 5000 Hebrew / 1240 CE |
|Friday ||Year 5000 ||Year 6000 Hebrew / 2240 CE |
|Shabbos ||Year 6000 ||Year 7000 Hebrew / 3240 CE |
The current Hebrew year is 5770, which of course is the year 2010 CE. (Jews don’t use AD and BC, which stand for Xian abbreviations relating to their religions events – CE stands for Common Era and BCE for Before Common Era.)
The Torah mandates that the proper time to say Minchah of Erev Shabbat (the afternoon prayer said on Friday afternoon) is the 18th and a half hour of Yom Shishi – on Friday, the 6th day of the week. (Note that according to the Hebrew calendar, a day starts after nightfall of the day before – meaning Friday starts at nightfall on Thursday night, which is why all Jewish holy days start the night before, which is learned from the Torah itself in parshat Berashis where it says ‘and it was evening and it was morning, one day’.) The 18th and a half hour is 12:30 PM Friday afternoon (calculating from nightfall of the night before to that 18th hour).
At the time of Mincha Gedola, the earliest time we can pray the afternoon prayer, the influence of the current day begins to wane and the influence of the new day begins to arrive. On Friday, the time of Mincha Gedola is when we are already coming under the influence of Shabbat, and is therefore when we can formally begin our preparations for Shabbat and begin the connection with the spirituality of that sacred day. (Such as bathing, going to mikveh, putting on our Shabbos clothes, etc. Note that many religious Jews have a nice custom to close their businesses as of 12:30 PM on Friday.)
Now according to the cosmic calculations, where a day is 1,000 years, lets calculate exactly when Mincha Gedola of Erev Shabbos is:
Friday = 5000 CE – 6000 CE
Each hour is 1,000 years / 24 = 41.666666 years
The beginning of Friday is Thursday night 6:00 PM = 5000 CE
Friday at 1/2 of the day = 5500 CE
Friday at 3/4 of the day =
6:00 AM + 6 hours = 5500 + ( (1000/24) * 6) = 5750 CE
Friday at 12:30 PM = 5750 CE + (41.666666/2) = 5770.833333 CE
5770 is the current Hebrew year.
Now lets convert that .833333 – The year has 12 months, Tishrei, Cheshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shvat, Adar, Nissan, Iyar, Sivan, Tamuz, Av, Elul
10 = 12 months
.833333 = x
10x = 12 * .833333 / 10
x = 0.99999, meaning the 10th month (after finalizing the 10th month)
Tishrei=1, Cheshvan=2, Kislev=3, Tevet=4, Shvat=5, Adar=6, Nissan=7, Iyar=8, Sivan=9, Tamuz=10, Av=11, Elul=12
In other words, it’s Rosh Chodesh Av of the year 5770 when the first moments of the cosmic Mincha Gedola begin.
Therefore the upcoming Rosh Chodesh Av is a very special time for receiving the kedusah (holiness) that emanates from these final moments before the Shabbat of the World, and the first emanations of the kedusah of that Shabbat in preparation for a new Era.
It will be the first moment since Creation that we are getting ready for the Shabbat of the entire Creation. On this Rosh Chodesh Av (July 12, 2010 starting at nightfall on July 11th) it’s appropriate to become more ready, more connected and more attached to the Creator of the world.
However, we know that for every positive force in the world there is a negative equivalent. (That maintains the balance of hiding the face of Hashem and allowing for free will.) As we are entering a time of increased holiness, there will be an increase in negatively to combat it.
We see this in two areas, one the general proliferation of shtuss in the world, as our lives, days, homes, roads, and pockets are connected to pipelines of time wasters as best, filth at worst. The term virtual reality has begun to apply to our daily lives as we disconnect not only from Hashem but even from other people!
The second are where we see this is the turning of the world against the Jewish people. While initially some may have imagined this was “only” against the Nation of Israel, clearly we’ve seen this continue to worsen until it’s literally become unsafe to walk as a Jew on various college campuses in the U.S. downtown in various cities and towns throughout Europe, and life threatening to enter a variety of countries of the world as a Jew.
With the coming of Sunday night, July 11th through Monday, July 12th, we will, G-d willing, begin to get the spiritual influences of the final era. May we find it, and all the blessings promised by Hashem, only for the good! And may we find ourselves blessed with the ultimate good, the coming of Moshiach tzidkaynu and the geulah shalayma!
political commentary by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
I received the following note on Facebook:
Hello Mr Akiva,
Nice to see you in facebook . i am a christian young man live in Egypt . i really love jewish . short time ago i would like to come to israel for pilgrimage but i faced persecution from the Egyptian authority . i am friendly welcome people whatever they believe . hope you will accept my friendship .
A friendly note from Egypt, it’s nice to see that there are decent people the world over.
But note, this Egyptian is NOT worried about his safety in visiting Israel. He’s not worried about access to his religion’s holy sites in Israel. He’s worried about being persecuted by HIS country’s authorities if he were to try to visit his holy sites in Israel.
Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel and receives $2,000,000,000 a year in US foreign aide. (That’s $1.3 billion in military aide and the remaining $600 million in economic aide and world development projects.) The country is run by an unelected ‘president for life’ (aka dictator) and has several persecuted minority populations (of which the Copt Christians is a prominent one).
Israel has free access to holy sites of every religion. It hosts major holy sites for Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Bahai, and Muwahhid (Druze) and has open access at every site of every religion and tries to respect the culture of that religion at their sites. They face the unique challenge of conflicts between religions of certain sites (for example the Cave of the Patriarchs claimed by Judaism and Islam, the Church of the Holy Sepucre claimed by 5 different sects of Christianity as well as sites in Nazareth claimed by Christianity and Islam) and try to manage the impossible to find middle ground in such situations.
My Egyptian contact makes a strong point. Don’t call us the problem in a cultural landscape that avoids compromise. But blaming the other guy is part of that landscape.