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Looking closely at the
origins of Moshiach we notice he comes from dark roots. Examples of these
include לוט with his daughters, Yehuda and Tamar, Rus and Boaz.
Why is this so?
The Bris Avram says since we
live in a עלמא דשיקרא; a world of falsehood, we can’t have Emes alone without giving
a חלק; portion to the ס-ם; Satan. Consequently, with
Mitzvos we need to give a portion to him. As a result, we have the שעיר לעזאזל, the hair by the Tefillin Shel Rosh and the חלבנה; foul-smelling spice by the Ketores.
For this reason, before teaching his students, Rabba would say a מילתא דבדיחותא; something humorous.
This is also a reason given why we cover the ערלה with dirt since the ערלה comes from the power of the Nachash and dirt is what he eats.
This can be understood
through a metaphor of one who wants to go to a certain place in which there are
dogs that are obstructing his path. He throws food to them at a distance in
order that they run to the food so that he can get to his destination.
Similarly, the Zohar says we, therefore, give a portion to the ס-ם. Now we can grasp a novel explanation in דן לכף זכות- judge everyone favorably since maybe he wants to do a big
Mitzva and he is giving a חלק to the Satan in the action he is doing now.
We can understand in a similar vein אין צדיק
בארץ אשר יעשה טוב ולא יחטא; there is no Tzadik who does good and doesn’t sin.
חטא means lacking; missing as in ולא נפקד
ממנו איש; not a man of us missing.
It can now be understood as one who serves Hashem has no choice but to give the
The Satan tries to prosecute
in regard to Moshiach since he knows he will be slaughtered in the future. We
therefore see Moshiach stemming from dark roots since we try to get it past the
We know that one who steals
wouldn’t think to search for jewels in the garbage. It is for this reason that
Moshiach is born on Tisha Bav
as the pearl of Moshiach is hidden in the ‘garbage.’
There are two places in
Tanach it mentions אדמוני- in regard to Esav and Dovid Hamelech.
The Satan didn’t complain when Moav was born because he never dreamed of such
Kedusha coming from such a union (the daughters of לוט). The same is with Rus and Boaz in which came out Dovid. The
Satan thought it was so low- אדמוני. However, concerning
Dovid it was also יפה עינים.
This refers to the Sanhedrin- the העדהעיני- as he kills with the permission of the Sanhedrin (unlike
R’ Alt merited to learn under the
tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received
Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics
for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a
suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
Taamai HaMinhagim, pgs 12-13.
See Pirkei Drebi Eliezer 46, Ramban to Vayikra 16:8, Tiferes Yehonason in Reeh,
Yesod V’Shoresh Havoda, pg 658 and Sichos Mussar, מאמר יט.
Emunas Itecha, Masei, s.v.
Pesikta Esther Rabbasi, 11.
See Yerushalmi Brachos 2:4. The Maharal says this means he is created from our
yearning, tears and the like.
Likewise, with Avraham the
Satan didn’t think such Kedusha would come out from a Nida (the mother of
Avraham was a Nida then). Tangentially, the Arizal says the mother of Avraham
was reincarnated as דינה. In
fact, נידה and דינה are composed of the same
letters. She had to go through the pain of being violated by Shechem for her
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