by Reb Dov bar Leib @ Mystical Paths – Edited by Reb Akiva
Today is Yom HaAtzmaut, Independence Day in Israel. However, I (Dov bar Leib) celebrate it as Yom Atzamot, literally the Day of the Dry Bones (both words share almost identical spelling in Hebrew). The Day of the Dry Bones is part of the first half of Yechezkel's (Ezekiel’s) vision (in the books of biblical prophecy, Yechezkel 37:1-14).
The four winds part (the next part of Yechezkel’s vision), which according to the Sfas Emeth will be on Tisha B'Av, has not yet occurred.
If you read the prophesy of the Dry Bones carefully, it is nothing less than the physical ingathering of the exiles (of the Jewish people) before the return of the spirit. It is very clear. It even says avdah tikvateinu before the bones come together, which is an exact line from HaTikvah (the national anthem of the State of Israel).
Purim is exactly 30 days before Pesach and Chanukah is exactly 60 days after Isru Chag of Sukkot. So the Sfas Emeth postulated that the Rabbinical festivals are lunar reflections of the Shalosh Regalim (the 3 biblical Jewish festivals when all men had to come to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, namely Passover, Shavuos, and Sukkot). At the End of Days Shavuot would have two Rabbinic festivals associated with it, one exactly 30 days prior and one exactly 60 days after isru chag of Shavuot.
The 30 days prior one is Yom Atzamoth (Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel Independence Day) while the one 60 days after will be on Tisha B'Av and will celebrate the spiritual rebirth of the four winds, which has not yet occurred.
Because only the first half of Yechezkel's vision has occurred so far, many Chareidim (Jewish ultra-orthodox) are confused by what they see (and stand against the seemingly physical fulfillment completely lacking a spiritual component).
May we merit the four winds and the geulah shalayma this year!