by Akiva at Mystical Paths
I received an email today discussing what to do given the current "situation in Eretz Yisroel". Mentions were made of particular personal mitzvah improvements that are known to bring personal salvation. "Never did I see a person who ... and didn't see salvation from above, whether in children, in shidduch, good health, parnasa or bringing up the children."
There is no doubt that the general level of the klal (the Jewish people as a whole) has an impact upon the national situation, and whether we befall geziros (verdicts) from above. HOWEVER, once geziros are in place for the klal, _personal_ mitzvah improvements, or for that matter ones personal level of kedushah, do not help alleviate _the klal's_ situation.
We see this from Megillah Ester. When the Klal was faced with destruction, the danger was to the talmiday chachamim (the Torah scholars) as much as the am haratzim (the ignorant), and only national teshuvah would suffice. The Megillah tells us they did otherwise, they all ran to strengthen _their individual_ mitzvot and connection to Hashem. Ester 4:3 "And in every province, wherever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes." Some fasted, some cried, some wept, some wailed, some sat in sackcloth and ashes. The tzaddik and leader of the generation sat in sackcloth... and it didn't help.
Then, with the insight of Binah, Ester instructed that the Klal together - and that together is incredibly important - partake a fast and perform teshuvah. Ester 4:16 "Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast in like manner; and so will I go in to the king...".
Only with the people united together for the common purpose of national teshuvah and national salvation may we approach the King. When the verdict is already decreed, we do not overturn it with individual merit. Nor, G-d protect us, when the malachim of destruction are released, do we turn them aside with the same.
But when His children come together before their Father in Heaven, how can He not tear up the decree???
We are always responsible to strengthen ourselves, but now, we MUST strengthen the Klal.
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