When the Sun Was Setting

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359) “When the sun was setting, deep sleep fell upon Abram.” This is the day of the harsh Din, which brings a person out of this world. When it is time for a man to exit this world, it is the great judgment day, when the sun darkens from shining to the moon. It is written about it, “Until the sun darkens.” This is the holy soul that avoids the man thirty days before he leaves the world and he sees that he is devoid of the semblance and it is not seen.

360) The semblance passes away from him because the holy soul has departed and moved from him and is not seen. It cannot be said that when a person dies and weakens, the soul moves away from him. Rather, while he is alive, in full strength, the soul [Neshama] moves away from him and does not shine to the spirit [Ruach], and the Ruach does not shine to the Nefesh. Then the semblance moves away from him and does not shine for him. From that day forth, everyone declares about him that he will die, even the birds in the sky, since the Neshama has departed from him and the Ruach does not shine to the Nefesh, so the Nefesh weakens and eating and all the lusts of the body depart and move away from him.

361) Even more, each time a person falls ill and cannot pray, the Neshama moves away from him. And then the Ruach does not shine to the Nefesh until a person’s Din is given. If he is judged favorably, the Neshama returns to her place and shines to the Ruach and the Nefesh. This is why the matter depends on the Din. When the matter does not depend on the Din, because his Din has already been set to die, the Neshama departs thirty days before everyone and the semblance disappears from him.

362) When a person is sentenced above, his soul is raised to the court, and she is judged by her word. She testifies to everything and she testifies in all the evil thoughts that the man thought. But she does not testify to bad deeds because they are all written in a book. And when one is judged above, he is judged for everything, both for thoughts and for actions. And then the body is in greater trouble than at all other times.

363) If he is judged favorably, he is left alone and sweat comes out on the body. Then the soul [Neshama] returns and shines for the Ruach and the Nefesh. But one is never healed until his sentence is given above. But many sinners in the world and many wicked in the world persist and heal from their illnesses. Indeed, the Creator watches over a person’s judgment, and even if he is not rewarded now, if the Creator sees that he will be rewarded afterwards, He judges him favorably. Or, sometimes he may beget a son who will be righteous in the world, so the Creator judges him favorably.

364) All of the Creator’s deeds and actions are for the best, and He watches in all of them, as it is written, “‘As I live,’ says the Lord. … I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way.’” For this reason, all those wicked in the world who restore their health, the Creator sentenced them favorably.

365) Sometimes the illnesses have completed the time that they were given to afflict a person, as it is written, “Severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and lasting sicknesses,” which they execute faithfully. They stay with a person and depart once their time is up, for both the righteous and the wicked. It is all done by judgment, as we said.

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