Wednesday, March 23, 2005

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Standing Together, Falling Apart

We're here again in the time of year when we are to increase our simcha (joy), the Jewish month of Adar.

However, it is increasingly difficult for me to do so, as I see that Amalek (may the name be blotted out) is winning the war (for the moment, as per the plan of Hashem).

Once again Amalek comes and places doubt, has come to cause doubt in your mind. Once again the affected are the weak and the stragglers, those who can't or won't see that the geula (time of the redemption) is happening with or without them, try as they will to stop it.

As they did in the Midbar (wilderness), (as written in the Torah) where they're only success was to prevent that dor (generation) from entering the promised land, Eretz HaKodesh, they're doing again.

They failed then as will these in this day. Then they all died in the Midar (wilderness) of doubt and rebelliousness, losing the bracha (the blessing that had been promised), as was will be.

I see in the news that there is a separation taking place, a sifting is happening. It's not first in Am Yisroel's (the nation/people of Israel's) history. The Erev Rav (mixed mulitude), the idol worshiper, the Hellenized, the Roman sympathizers, the assimulationists, the maskilim (enlightenment movement), and now the violently anti-religious (Shinui party).

They'll try but won't succeed as all before them. They have chosen not to believe in the Creator, who is control of all the workings of this world. They are but a kli (a tool) in His hand performing His will.

In the end they won't succeed because there will always be a remnant who will maamim (believe) and bitahon (trust) with emunah shalama (with faith that brings action).

Achdut (unity), standing together as echad (one). This is how this battle must be fought, how this war must be won. Against us comes the Tsunami of Doubt. "If you will not harken to My voice the you will here the voices of your enemies".

Just as Amalek has a primary weapon and mission, lehavdil, so do we. His is to place doubt in our colective minds by all the terrorism and lies spun by the governments (and news programs) of the world. We have the weapon of the truth, the torah, the tanach (prophets), and the ketuvim (writings), and our mission is the opposite of his. Where his is to spread lies, we're to spread the truth. We have a promise (among many ) "no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every word raised against us we shall condem". That's a promise!

(Below, wherever you see 'my', replace it with 'our', the 'me' speaking is the Jewish people...)

Tehillim (Psalms) 27 - "Hashem is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? Hashem, He is the strength of my life, whom shall I dread? When the evildoers approached me to devour my flesh, oppressors and my foes, they stumbled and fell. If an army were to beleaguer me, my heart would not (should not) fear, if wars are to arise against me, in this I trust. One thing have I asked from the L-rd, this I seek: that I may dwell in the House of the L-rd (Eretz Hakodesh, the holy land of Israel) all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the L-rd and to visit in His sanctuary. For He will hide me in His Miskan (Tabernacle) on the day of adversity, He will conceal me in the secret places of His tent, He will lift me upon a rock. Then my head will be raised above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of jubilation; I sing and chant to Hashem. Hashem hear my voice as I call, be gracious to me and answer me. Of you (Hashem) my hearts says, "Seek My countenance (face)". Your face I will seek, do not conceal Your face from me, do not cast away your servant (the Jewish people) in wrath; You have been my help (in every generation), do not abandon me nor forsake me, Elokim (G-d) of my deliverance. Though my father and my mother (and my country) have forsaken me, Hashem has taken me in. Hashem teach me your way and lead me in the path of righteousness, because of my watchful enemies.

Do not give me over to the will of my oppressors, for there has risen against me (this is very important) false witnesses and they breathe (speak - from the headlines) VIOLENCE, they would have crushed me,

(this is very very important) had I not believed that I would see the goodness of Hashem in the land of the living (a promise for now, not 2500 years ago)

[here's the remez (secret) of how to survive this time of doubt] HOPE IN HASHEM, BE STRONG (even stubborn) AND LET YOUR HEART BE VALIANT, AND HOPE IN HASHEM


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