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Tikkun 69 – 11
Rabbi Elazar Pedat was a sage from the time between the first and the second Holy Temples. He was very poor and never complained about it. His teaching is quoted in the Talmud and other sources.
The Zohar refers to a story about him to explain the purpose of the Tikkun process.
One time, Rabbi Pedat fainted because of hunger. God appeared to him in a dream and asked him if he wanted him to destroy the world in order to give him a chance to be born as a rich person. Rabbi Pedat asked God if it was certain that he would be rich and God said that there was no guarantee about this. Rabbi Pedat didn’t accept God’s offer.
The Zohar tells us that a person is considered a small world. When God said he was willing to destroy the world for Rabbi Pedat he was referring to the ‘body existence’ so the soul could reincarnate.
Many questions come to mind when reading this story but we will focus on the explanation of the Zohar.
It doesn’t matter if a person is righteous or not. If he was born into a specific tikkun process he can not get out of it until he is dead. Whatever is related to children, life and sustenance don’t come by the merit of the person but by his ‘Mazal’, which is the point of the Tikkun process with which he entered into the world.
Pushing in the wrong direction will only harden the Tikkun process.
Why couldn’t God guarantee the righteous, Rabbi Pedat, that he would come back as a rich man?
The deep secret that is revealed here is the true goal of humanity. The creation of the world was for Adam and the entire tikkun is for him. We, as sparks of his soul, reincarnate for the process of his (our) correction. As individuals, we must fit in the global plan to lead us to the Final Redemption. We must correct ourselves and work for the whole, regardless of our personal state. Having children, health or money are not the main goals. Because we are temporary in this world we must see the big picture and do for others. Like our natural care for our children, we must care and be responsible for the whole. It is not about us as separate beings but the process of bringing the Final Redemption with the final Tikkun of the entire humanity.
When we care and treat each other with human dignity we mend the disconnection between all the scattered souls (sparks) of Adam and come closer and together to the Final Redemption, which is like coming back to the Garden of Eden but without the Snake’s presence.
Rabbi Pedat was righteous and saw the big picture. He didn’t care for himself and chose to stay poor while keeping on his Tikkun, revealing light in the world.
Rabbi Ashlag, in his article about the ‘responsibility’, Arvut, ערבות from the book “The Gift of the Bible” “מתן תורה” wrote the following;
Share the light with all the people that are in your life, bring them into the unity that is needed for the entire world to bring about Mashiach.