Vayikra: Chapter 10

"The virgin of Yisrael is fallen; she shall no more rise"


Rabbi Yehuda tells us that because she is called Bathsheba, daughter of seven, "the virgin of Yisrael" means a virgin blessed by the seven Sfirot. But he also says that in other verses of lamentation "the virgin" clearly means the Congregation of Yisrael, so Rabbi Yehuda is confused, and goes to Rabbi Shimon for an interpretation. Rabbi Shimon uses an allegory to explain that although in the first exiles there was always a set time limit, in the final exile there is not; at the end of the earlier exiles the Congregation of Yisrael returned to God, but in the final exile, God will come and raise her Himself.