Time to Do for the Lord

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536) Rabbi Yosi and Rabbi Hiya were walking along the way and a donkey driver was leading the donkeys behind them. Rabbi Yosi said to Rabbi Hiya, “We should engage and exert in words of Torah because the Creator is walking ahead of us, hence it is time to make corrections for Him, so He will be with us on this way.” A donkey driver stings the donkeys with a piece of wood to make them walk faster.

537) Rabbi Hiya started and said, “It is time to do for the Lord; they have broken Your law.” Anytime when the Torah exists in the world and people engage in it, the Creator is seemingly happy with the work of His hands, there is joy in all the worlds, and heaven and earth maintain their existence. Moreover, the Creator gathers His entire household and tells them, “See the holy people that I have in the land, thanks to them, the Torah is crowned. See the work of My hands, of whom you said, ‘What is man, that I should remember him?’” And they, when they see their Master’s joy with His people, they promptly start and say, “And who is as Your people, as Israel, one nation in the land.”

538) And when Israel idle away from the Torah, His might seemingly fades, as it is written, “You neglected the Rock who begot you,” and then it is written, “And all the host of heaven stand.” Hence, it is time to do for the Lord. Those righteous that remained should muster their strength and do good deeds, to strengthen the Creator with the righteous and with His camps and armies, since they have broken Your law and the people of the world do not engage in it properly.

539) The donkey driver, who was leading the donkeys behind them, said to them, “Please, I would like to know one question.” Rabbi Yosi replied, “Certainly, the road is set before us; ask your question.” He said, “Had this verse said, ‘It should be done’ or ‘It was done,’ I would say so. But what is ‘Time to do’? Also, it is written, ‘To do for the Lord.’ It should have said, ‘Before the Lord.’ What is ‘To do for the Lord’?” Rabbi Yosi said, “The road is set before us in several ways: One, that we were two and now we are three, for Divinity has been included with us. One, that I thought that you were as a dry tree, while you are as fresh as an olive. And one, that you asked very well, and since you have begun the matter, do speak.”

540) “‘Time to do for the Lord,’ since there is a time and there is a time—a time to love and a time to hate. A time above, faith, Malchut, is called ‘Time.’ This is called ‘A time of good will,’ and it means that man must always love the Creator, as it is written, ‘And you shall love the Lord your God.’ In that regard, a time to love is a time when one must love.

541) “And there is another time, which is another god, which one must hate and not follow him with his heart. Hence, a time to hate. And this is why it is written, ‘Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place.’

542) “When Israel engage in Torah and in the Mitzvot of the Torah—a time—the holy faith, Malchut, is corrected in her corrections and is fully adorned as it should be. And when Israel do not engage in Torah, at that time it is seemingly not corrected and incomplete, and not in the light. Then it is time to do for the Lord.

543) “What is, ‘Time to do for the Lord’? It is written, ‘That God has created to do.’ What is ‘To do’? It means that bodies of demons remained, which were not done because the day has been sanctified, and they remained to do because they are spirits without bodies. Here, too, it is time to do, the time remained without correction and without wholeness because they have broken Your law, for Israel have been idling away from words of Torah, for that time is so, either ascending or descending for Israel. If they engage in Torah, it ascends. If they idle away from the Torah, it descends.”

544) Rabbi Yosi said, “It is indeed beneath you to lead the donkeys behind us. Happy is this road, for we have been rewarded with hearing this. Happy is the generation that Rabbi Shimon is in it, when wisdom is found even among the mountains.” Rabbi Yosi and Rabbi Hiya descended from their donkeys and the three of them walked along the way.

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