Sunday, September 28, 2008

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What a Pesach, Umm, Rosh Hashana

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

As Rosh Hashanah comes, the prayer that comes to mind for most is Usana b'Tokef, Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die, Who by Fire, Who by Water... Yet, moments before the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, we're faced with a modern day Haman HaRasha, a modern day descendant of Amalek, who preaches daily his desire to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth (and destroy America shortly thereafter, but that's completely ignored). Make no mistake about it, our Father in Heaven has handed up a timely reminder.

This year, the prayer for Rosh Hashana is v'he shamda, in every generation they rise up against us.

Most years, we pray for our upcoming year, our _personal_ upcoming year. Ours, our family, our children, maybe our community. This year our Father has a message for us... pray for Klal Yisroel, pray for all of us. Pray for our brethren in Israel, under threat of the Haman of Iran, surrounded by wolves, with an enemy inside the gates more concerned with the death of Jews than their own lives, and self concerned leaders and useless politicians steering a rudderless ship. Pray for our brethren in the US and UK, with lives being thrust into turmoil by a financial crisis growing out of control with politicians more concerned about an election than preventing a depression. Pray for Klal Yisroel, where threats are going to come head to head with unbalanced excesses, giving multiple layers of risk and turmoil.

This year, while we all have our individual worries and troubles and needs, lets set those aside and focus on all of us together.

Pray for all to have a good and sweet year, a year of blessings, a year of peace, a year of shared prosperity, a year of safety where our enemies fall upon themselves, a year where we do not fear from terror or missiles or mortars or rockets or bombs or job loss or lost savings due to institutional collapse. A year when we are all well equipped to help our brothers and sisters in need.

...As we come before the Judge of judges, the King of kings, this thought was shared with me today. Remember, it just so happens that the True Judge is also our Father in Heaven. We have a bit of an in, so to speak. This year, we may need to take advantage of it.

We wish all our readers a good and sweet new year, and may we all be granted the ultimate in blessings, the coming of Moshiach tzidkaynu, mamosh, today.

8 comments:

Shiloh said...

I was curious to where your Mashiach is? Did not the site say he was to reveal himself by Rosh Hashana? It's just day's away now, or is he just another wannabe? Update us if you can. Thanks

Akiva said...

We've never given a date or stated that something will happen "by" a particular time. We do try to watch the events of the world and see how they line up against the holy writings of the navi'im (biblical prophets) and other hints listed throughout the Gemora, Zohar, and other holy seforim.

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Anonymous said...

please don't post photos of the ratface nazi wannabe on your torah blog.

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Anonymous said...

please akiva, please remove the photo of the iranian leader...it is not healthy for a neshama to see such a photo on your blog

and it's not good for the stomach either

Akiva said...

anon - I agree with the stomach problem, but I don't understand your reference to a neshama problem.

I believe there's a very important lesson in seeing this man. This man is a genocidal megalomaniac who's committed to bringing the islamic messiah through burning the earth. I think there is great value in seeing the relatively ordinary (if somewhat unpleasant) face of the enemy, and realizing that such goals can rest inside a basically plain visage.

They rise up against us in every generation - but it's not written on their foreheads.

Shiloh said...

Akiva, I believe it was an article a while back by someone else, stating that this person was met in the Ukraine by many rabbi's and was to reveal himself around this time. That is what I was refering to. I guess a silly rumor. Of course the times we are in are pointing to the geulah. Maybe this is why we have the 'coming of the islamic dude' (I dont think so). I guess they are jeolous of the evangelicals claiming the xtian jebus is about to return too. Oh, that all makes sense as the islamic dude, and his general jebus are to 'convert' us all to follow sharia. Shavua tov.

Anonymous said...

there should be a song by the 3 major religions we all want armageddon , gog umagog , the madi by burning the earth . Lets get together and have peace instead of destruction .

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