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Above The Next World
R’ Akiva said אין
להם חלק לעולם הבא דור המדבר; the
people of the generation of the wilderness have no share in the World to Come.
This seems problematic since Chazal talk uniquely about how great they were
which we don’t find by others. Some examples are the following: The Zohar
tells us there was never anything like the דור
המדבר prior to
them and there will be nothing like them until the coming of Moshiach, as they
saw the revelations of Hashem at the sea more than what the prophets saw.
Also, the seven רקיעים;
firmaments were opened at Har Sinai and all merited to seeאין
עוד מלבדו בשמים ממעל ועל הארץ מתחת; there is none other besides Him in heaven above and on the
earth below… Each one was like 1,000 men.
So, how can it be said they have no share in the World to Come?
The Rema Mipano
writes the intention of R’ Akiva wasn’t that they have no portion in the World
to Come rather they don’t have a need for it. We have a need for that world
since we don’t merit in this world that which the Gemara
tells us on ואמר ביום ההוא...; He shall say on that day, Behold! This is our God, we hoped
for Him and He saved us…,
that in the future Hashem will make a circle of the righteous people and He
will sit among them in the Garden of Eden and each one will point with his
finger זה ה' קוינו לו; we hoped to Hashem. So, although we don’t merit this in this
world, theדור המדבר did, when Hashem revealed Himself at the Yam Suf and each one
would point to Him with a finger and say זה
א-לי ואנוהו. Even a slave-woman saw at the sea what the prophets didn’t.
Consequently, they have no need for עולם
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.