by Reb Akiva & Rabbi Nati at Mystical Paths
Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, who sips coffee while missiles strike malls and children in Ashkelon, says "Ayn Ma La'asot", there is nothing to do. Israeli Defense Minister Barak, who tours and reviews and restrains all action proposals from the army while towns and now cities are cowering, says "Ayn Ma La'asot", there is nothing to do. Bush and Rice, who stand a in brotherhood and partnership while wielding the carving knife and going for the heart say, there's nothing to do but give them everything they want, lean back for surgery please.
We met the chief rabbi of a major Israeli city at the Kotel, a big rav with his talmidim coming to pray. R. Nati approached him and asked for his approval, or at least his signature, on our cry for the geulah. He said, "why, I already pray for this 3 times a day." We walked away downtrodden. But then we realized, he's right...
The Lubavitcher Rebbe called out, "I've done all that I can do, now it's up to you." It doesn't come from the tzaddikim. HaRav HaTzadik Rav Shalom Arush, shlita, the Breslov Tzadik of Meah Shearim, collapsed this week from his constant and intense prayers to Hashem for the safety of Klal Yisroel and for the geulah. (Daven for HaRav Shalom ben Yamnah.) It doesn't come from the gedolim.
It doesn't come from them, BUT they can point the way. The Rebbe taught, if just 10 stubborn men would demand the geulah. Rav Arush, in a video here, taught if we just spend 10 minutes talking to the Creator of the World asking, that would be enough.
The cry MUST come from the klal, from the people. When we cry, Hashem will hear.
They've done what they could do. Now, will we? We are coming to Shavuos, and one of the oddest Midrashim says that the mountain was held over the people's heads. They cried out together, 'we will do and we will hear'. But Hashem has a way of pushing these issues, for if they didn't, they would have been destroyed and so would have the world, for without ones who cry and connect to Hashem, and do His will, there is no purpose for this world.
We can cry out, together, right now, to Hashem, to the Ribono Shel Olam, the Master of the Universe, the Creator of the World, to our Father in Heaven, please, enough, we only want You, not the shtuss of this world, only You. Save your people, bring us Moshiach now, bring us the Geulah now, bring us the time when Your presence will cover the Earth as the seas cover the oceanbed.
Or, we can go about our business. And Hizbollah builds on one border, Hamas on another, Iran builds nuclear capacity, Al Quaeda plans their next hit, tornados tear up one State, floods another, the economy spirales down and commodities spiral up, Jews are attacked in US Jewish communities, and our friends prepare to slice out our heart and give it away.
Better we think, to cry out now.
So let's make our voices heard. We are told in Shemos (Exodus) that in the first geulah (from Egypt) 'that Hashem heard', 'that He saw', 'that He remembered', and sent the Redeemer 'Moshe'.
The first step, crying out, is ours.
(R. Nati's geulah petition, if you want to click-out, is here.)
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