by R. Nati at Mystical Paths
These are difficult times, scary times. Economic trouble affecting many of us deeply and personally, major political shifts in the U.S., war in Israel. Fear is normal, wondering what to do, which way to turn, is no surprise. Despair at a situation that we seemingly cannot control.
Yesh mah laa’sot - There is what to do!
Ain Shum Y'ush B'olam Klal - There is no such thing as despair in the world at all.
These are not just catchy phases, these are the very keys to our survival in the days...weeks...months to come. Yishaiyahu, Isaiah the (biblical) prophet tells us that there is what to do and he tells us 'straight up' what to do:
1) Todah V'Hoda'ah! 'Thank Him and praise Him!...(Isaiah 12) You will say in that day, 'I thank You, Hashem,... Behold, kEiL is my salvation'; 'I shall trust and not fear'. 'For Hashem, is my might and my praise'-"Hashem"!- 'and He is a salvation for me'.
And you will say on that day, "Give thanks to Hashem, declare His Name, makes His acts known among the peoples; declare that His Name is exalted, make music for Hashem,...Exult and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Tzion, for the Holy One of Israel is great in your midst!"
Thus we nullify the roots of all three of the kilpot (negative forces) that presently hold us, the last powers keeping us in golus (exile)! For at the moment we are under three powers at the same time: we are in the overall galut of Edom and inside this we are in the sub-galut of Yishmael, and we are in the final stages which is galut of the Erev Rav. These three represent the root of our base natures, they combined to show us how to do teshuva and are here because of our sins. They are only needed to show us how to return to Hashem! When and if we do teshuva Hashem doesn't need them anymore and the galut will end.
(to be continued, G-d willing, tomorrow)