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The Ending of ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy From a Jewish Lens

This is a follow-up to ‘Identifying the Angel of Death’.

This is a follow-up to ‘Identifying the Angel of Death’.

In the above scene from the conclusion of The Matrix trilogy, Neo (the “messiah”) and Smith (the personification of evil, ie. “Satan”) square off in their final encounter. By this point, Smith has infected every living being in the Matrix (ie. in the world). Neo is the last man standing. He puts up a valiant effort trying to defeat Smith (over the course of a very long fight scene). Smith is just about to win when he realizes something. He had foreseen it all before. It was “inevitable”. Neo, too, realizes something. He has been doing it all wrong; there is no need to fight Smith with his fists. It really was “inevitable”—Smith needs to win. Neo allows Smith to infect him. In so doing, Smith mistakenly connects himself to the Source (ie. “God”), since Neo is directly linked to the Source (much like Mashiach and Hashem). Through that link, Smith is obliterated once and for all. The Matrix is “reloaded” into a perfect new world.