by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
The Kotel, the holy remnant of the 2nd Beis Hamikdash, the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, is beautiful on motzie Shabbat (Saturday night, after Shabbos). It's busy but quiet, and the greater plaza area is also acting as a social meeting ground.
Chassidim are sharing Torah thoughts for the week, some tourists are planning the next holy site to visit, a few families have come to be together. A group of young men is in the back of the prayer area, singing and dancing. Some fathers are arriving with their sons in tow, the ladies section is busy.
As I looked up, I watched a Lunar eclipse! A sign of a moment of negative mazel for the Jewish people, the thought clashed with the quiet beauty of the moment. Jerusalem fell under a 3/4 Lunar eclipse, may Hashem have mercy (still in progress as I write this).
Mishpacha magazine, a nice Jewish religious magazine targeted at the frum community, had a major article this past week on a dream we shared here a few weeks ago, about an elderly rav who was a talmid (student) of the Chafetz Chaim, perhaps the last student of the Chafetz Chaim still alive, who had a dream of his teacher from so many years ago, specifically instructing him to inform everyone that the time of Moshiach is very close. Mishpacha interviewed the rav directly, who confirmed the story. Our occasional teen contributor Chavi pinged me on this, noting that the chassidic rebbe's and the sephardi mekubalim have been talking seriously about Moshiach and geulah for some time now. This is the first time, however, we see the Litvish world getting involved.
As the world moves into more risk and chaos, and America is about to suffer another monthly natural disaster, let us pray that Hashem brings us the geulah mamosh now, according to the kind path.
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