Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Independence and Fooling Ourselves

by Reb Nati at Mystical Paths

The modern use of the Hebrew word atzmayi, meaning independence or self reliant, is also used today as Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. The only way to be truly independent is to have Emunah, and Bitachon in Hakodosh Barachu, and in His Torah and His Tzaddik Emet!

61 years ago we were gathered after the Holocaust. The secular zionist bolshevik erev rav created a state for the 'new Jew', one devoid of Torah and Hashem with emunah in his rifle and plow. For the State of the New Jew, G-d and Torah were part of the problem of the world hating us, one they set out to solve.

Those pioneers truly had emunah, emunah in their own righteousness. The tzaddikim saw this and opposed it, the creation of a secular state with ideals of emunah in the strength of our hands and turning our back on G-d. They built walls, literal and cultural, around their enclaves to prevent the secular onslaught they knew would come. And come it did.

Initially it was direct state action, stripping schools of teaching Torah, forcing immigrant children into secular education, literally kidnapping children from their parents. A generation later, as their emunah failed to transmit (for broken sick emunah may be strong but does not transmit) it changed to materialism and goyish music, TV, sex and drugs and a devotion to out-Western Western culture.

While their type of emunah has failed and the 'new Jew' turned out to love a nice sports car and big screen TV, while the purpose has failed the goals have not been withdrawn. Torah and Hashem are still in the cross hairs. We see this with the third “Independence Day” since the sinful destruction of the Jewish communities of Gush Katif and the Northern Shamron. We don't need to wonder as we hear they are about finished giving away the kever (tomb) of King David and other completely Jewish holy sites to the Pope...in advance of the total giving of Jerusalem to the Ishmaelites. It appears more obvious every day that this is a recurring theme in our history. Now with the Holy city Jerusalem it's right out of the prophets.

What does it mean to be independent?

Politically, economically, physically, spiritually. We can look at the first golus (exile), the Egyptian. We went because of famine, we stayed because it was comfortable, and became slaves. This indicates dependency, not independence. And we have been trying to return to this status, as slaves, ever since. "So you want to go back to Eygpt, where it is so safe and secure"?!

Wake up! We are so helplessly dependent on this world, we are so addicted to this system of things. Otherwise, we would cry out like we did in Egypt. ENOUGH!!!

We do not seem to be ready or able to admit that two thousand years of frustration, annihilation and failure has caused us to become ill - 'Choleh Nefesh' - spiritually sick. We suffer from neuroses, the cause of which is we are separated from our source, Hashem. The root of all our souls, we are what the shrinks like to call co-dependent on the junk of this world. And as we resist reconnection to Hashem, because we would have to separate from the things we are comfortable with. We yet again prove that we are not ready to be unplugged from this matrix of this world.

Our forefathers set the example of the correct course of action. With strong Emunah and Bitacon 'faith and trust' we shall cry out to our Father in Heaven, as we did in Egypt and at the sea and many other times throughout our history and He has been and always will be faithful and just to us! And He will from this as well!

We need to realize that we are all dependent on Hashem or we would not exist for one moment. It is only those who can see and understand this that are truly independent in this world.

So prove it now!!! Call out to Hashem and ask for the redemption now! And do not forget to thank Him for all that you have!

17 comments:

Shiloh said...

What cracks me up is the "religious" who do nothing but complain about the founding of Israel. Thank G-d the Charedim did not found "Israelban"! If it is so bad, then leave, go back to your getto's. Those faithless Tzadikim of today don't teach the Torah of cleansing the land. They teach that if one does all the mizvoth of men, then the land would cleanse itself. Such utter nonsense people.

It is true that Israel today is without a doubt not going in the right direction. I agree that Torah must be the focus for the Nation. Of course Torah means different things to different groups. My stance of the Torah is different then the authors, but that is for a different time.

The Torah was given for us to live in this world, not to be gettoized and imprisioned with the religious Tower of Babel.

The only thing we have hope for today, is that haShem opens the door for the change. Unplugging from either matrix is impossible currently.

Chag Sameach for what we have today, remember that. Maybe we are not ready for the rest of the story as we as a Nation are so unthankful for the Land we do have, even with it's problems. Maybe if the black hats could see that, they could be part of the solution, instead of an equal partner in the problem.

Zahava Pasternak said...

The House of Israel dwell on their Land and they have defiled it (Yechezkel 36:17): The Holy One Blessed be He said, “If only My children were with Me in Eretz Yisrael, even though they defile it.” (Eichah Rabbah 3:7)http://www.tsel.org/torah/emhabanim-eng/324.html#link

AJ said...

Reb Nati,

you missed a good occasion to "stop crying" for nothing... Rav Shalom Arush says that it's the same old sin from 3500 years ago: we went out from slavery and then cryed because of the food in the desert... "Tafsik lehitbachyen", please stop crying. Yom Hatzmaut is a perfect time to say "Thank You ABA", to thank G-d for giving us the opportunity to dwell in the land... Baruch Hashem, I was born in our times, being able to get in a plane easily to make Alya. I have the amazing zchut to raise children in the Judean hills, to go to the Kotel, or to Kever Rachel or Kyriat Ara or Zfat to daven there, I can walk in the street with my yarmulka without any fear, my company is closed for the yamim tovim and there is a mynian everyday for mincha; etc, etc... Despite we still wait for Moshiach, and know how far from the geula we are, we have to thank G-d for what He gaves us 61 years ago... Just think about this nightmare: no more Israel, jews throughted out from the Land by arabs, and compare with our actual situation...

Anonymous said...

Frankly, the state of Israel was created by 'seculars' because A) fool the sitra achra and B) the religious/Haredim were simply still stuck in the spiritual galut. One could only imagine what would have happened had the seculars not declared independence.

And what happened to 'everything is according to God's plan'. God had plenty of instances to destroy the secular state but his chesed to keep it going is simply unrefutable.

We celebrate Yom Haatzmaut not for the bad, but for the good it has allowed us to do. Even the seculars Israelis have many zechuyot and kidush Hashem that have been copied by the Haredim no less.

One can only imagine how the 'lite anti-Zionist' who criticizes the entire state for its 'bad', would commemorate the birthday of a son who may not the brightest student, and might be off the path, but still lives at home.

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Anonymous said...

YOU CAN DELETE MY COMMENTS. I DON'T WANT MY ANGER TO INFLAME ANYONE ELSE AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROBLEM.

MAY H' FORGIVE ME FOR HOW I POSTED HERE.

Shiloh said...

Anon, last poster here. Most Chilohim are not Erev Rav. Some though are. Just quite the opposite in the Charedi world. Don't worry about it. They have a major tikun, and frankly, many times, the religious cannot see the forest for the trees. Simply, ask haShem to forgive them, as they truly don't know what they do to fellow Jews with their self arrogated pride.

On one day we could be united as one Nation, the so called "tzadikim" could learn a lesson here.

There are many good articles on this blog. I get frustrated with some, as they do with me. But remember, we will be redeemed as a Nation from Charedim to Chilonim. May it be soon.

Shiloh said...

Reb Nati, I hope you don't delete any of these posts here. These guys are correct. You and I many times don't agree, you have had it rough in life too, don't forget that. Each of us has a part in this movie. You, Akiva and others can make a difference, don't be part of the problem. Some can see who has a soul from Erev Rav, it's individual, not a group. Some groups have more then others. Maybe some simply do not have a Jewish soul. Let the Mashiakh worry about that. You may be disturbed by who the real Erev Rav are. It's rather simple if you have studied Kabbalah.

Anonymous said...

I wish to make a tikkun here. I lost my temper. I ask that H' forgive me. and I asked for my comments to be removed so not to anger others.

It hasn't happenned yet. I suggest that the author either amend his piece to remove the bad statemwents (best idea) or to amend his piece and point out that he sees his error.

Mystical Paths has an opportunity right here to do a tikkun.

I cannot remove my own comments. But I have asked several times.

For l'shem shamayim: Please remove my "lost temper" comments and make a tikkun.

Forgive me for losing it. I should have posted a more thoughtful resopnse. May you and H' forgive me please.

Now, please, do the right thing and make the proper tikkun.

Anonymous said...

I would go so far as to say that if anyone is stuck in anyone of the prevalent hashkafot, he's already in the hands of the Satan.

If someone's interesting in real emet he must get beyond the "party-lines", think holistically, and daven for siata d'shmaya.

There's a difference between the State itself, the infrastructure which is intrinsically necessitated by some form of Jewish sovereignty over the Land, and the regime in power. Although this is Political Science 101, this simple point goes missing from most people.

The illumination inherent in the State is indeed a tremendous aspect of geulah. But to allow it to take place, there were kelipot which also got a big share. The mechanism by which this operates is actually a profound sod described by the Zohar, Ari and especially the Leshem. Another sod: it is this mechanism which makes the geulah ultimately unstoppable. Things can be postponed, or re-routed to a more arduous, circuitous route, but never stopped.

At any rate, the charedi attitude often amounts to throwing the banana away with the peel.

In truth, the charedi attitute towards Yom Ha'atzmaut and the State is unsurpising given that charedi Judaism is really modeled on a galut mode of Judaism. Anything which involves Judaism kicking into geulah/gadlut mode--- for the most part, they would rather sit on the sidelines and let someone else worry about it.

Reb. Nati said...

Please wake up and unplug yourself from the matrix. I merely stated chazal that these are three kilpot that we must overcome in these times. so all your anti chardei hatred is a real watse of time. the main point was to be thankful to Hashem, and not to one of his agents. the whorship of the state, and military and of our abillites is nothing more than Avoda Zarah!

Anonymous said...

There's no charedi hatred here. But I have to call a spade a spade.

What disturbs me is when I hear people describe the Zionist settlers with a kind of blanket contempt.

There's a piece in Orot in which Rav Kook says that the nefesh of the settlers was more metukan than that of the frum, and the ruach of the frum were more metukan than that of the settlers. This paragraph made the charedi establishment go ballistic. The had to kelim to absorb this: the chutzpah, to say that they are in some way, any way, more metukan that we are!

Why did this illumination fall largely outside the frum world? On a deeper level, to confound the Satan and make the developments of geulah come down without kitrugim which would have arrested the whole process.

Paralleling this is the fact that the charedi world was not ready to put in the mesirut nefesh to callous up their hands building up the land. Draining swamps, laying bricks, and so on were not seen as within the purview of Torah or Judaism. I don't see how any critically thinking person can dispute this.

In a general sense, Rav Kook was saying that there was an aspect of the settlers' relationship to the physical which was healthier than that of the frum. That's why he talks about the nefesh being mroe metukan. In another piece he praises how the settlers exercised their bodies. What? Praising building up the physical? Preposterous! No, I don't think Rav Kook was completely oblivious to the kelipot in the picture. What he was saying is that an aspect of geulah is reawakening a healthy relationship with chomer, as part of the overall process of rectifying it. He saw that this illumination was going to the settlers, that they intuitively tapped into this development of geulah. And now, in our day, it's starting to filter into the frum world. In other words, Rav Kook was about a hundred years ahead of his time.

Yes, the Zionist settlers were irreligious, and often anti-religious. But that doesn't keep me from admiring what rightfully should be admired.

I remember once I was staking in Bnei Brak for Sukot and the kid of my host said that Theodore Hertzl was just some meshuganer. That's all, just some meshuganer. That's what he was taught. Well, this meshuganer had the idea of a Jewish state and began working towards that goal. Oh, so he was ready to accept Uganda, or mass conversion. That misses the point! The point is that the idea did come to him. And he was among those who initiated its implementation. In other words, I hold that Hertz was basically a spark of Mashiach ben Yosef in the kelipah! So, one can contemptuously write off his ideas and say-- he was a twisted meshuganer, rallying for a Jewish nation like all other nations. Avodah Zarah! But that indeed is seeing only the peel. The reason he "chapped" what he did is because it's the only was such a thing could have happened. So, one can see Hertzl, or the settlers which came later, with contempt, or to try to connect and appreciate the aspect of geulah they were agents for. Remember, a shaliach for a certain role has certain characteristics which make him fitting for that role. As far as the Tzionim are concerned, there's much to admire and much the frum world could have learned from.

Anonymous said...

(Here's a slightly reworked version with spelling errors fixed-- sorry for the hassle.)

There's no charedi hatred here. But I have to call a spade a spade.

What disturbs me is when I hear people describe the Zionist settlers with a kind of blanket contempt.

There's a piece in Orot in which Rav Kook says that the nefesh of the settlers was more metukan than that of the frum, and the ruach of the frum were more metukan than that of the settlers. This paragraph made the charedi establishment go ballistic. The had no kelim to absorb this: the chutzpah, to say that they are in some way, any way, more metukan that we are!

Why did this illumination fall largely outside the frum world? On a deeper level, to confound the Satan and make the developments of geulah come down without kitrugim which would have arrested the whole process.

The fact is, the charedi world was not ready to put in the mesirut nefesh to callous up their hands building up the land. Draining swamps, laying bricks, and so on were not seen as within the purview of Torah or Judaism. I don't see how any critically thinking person can dispute this.

In a general sense, Rav Kook was saying that there was an aspect of the settlers' relationship to the physical which was healthier than that of the frum. That's why he talks about the nefesh being more metukan. In another piece he praises how the settlers exercised their bodies. What? Praising building up the physical? Preposterous! No, I don't think Rav Kook was completely oblivious to the kelipot in the picture. What he was saying is that an aspect of geulah is reawakening a healthy relationship with chomer, as part of the overall process of tikun. He saw that this illumination was going to the settlers, that they intuitively tapped into this development of geulah. And now, in our day (5769), it's starting to filter into the frum world. In other words, Rav Kook was about a hundred years ahead of his time.

Yes, the Zionist settlers were irreligious, and often anti-religious. But that doesn't keep me from admiring what rightfully should be admired.

I remember once I was staking in Bnei Brak for Sukot and the kid of my host said that Theodore Hertzl was just some meshuganer. That's all, just some meshuganer. That's what he was taught. Well, this meshuganer had the idea of a Jewish state and began working towards that goal. Oh, so he was ready to accept Uganda, or mass conversion. That misses the point! The point is that the idea did come to him. And he was among those who initiated its implementation. In other words, I hold that Hertz was basically a spark of Mashiach ben Yosef in the kelipah! So, one can contemptuously write off his ideas and say-- he was a twisted meshuganer, rallying for a Jewish nation like all other nations. Avodah Zarah! Kochi v'Otzem Yadi! But that indeed is seeing only the peel. So, one can see Hertzl, or the settlers which came later, with contempt, or to try to connect and appreciate the aspect of geulah they were agents for. Remember, a shaliach for a certain role has certain characteristics which make him fitting for that role. As far as the Tzionim are concerned, there's much to admire and much the frum world could have learned from and still can.

Shiloh said...

Nati, haShem uses "agents" to fulfil His will. Those agents who founded the state are from haShem. Why cannot the blackhats appreciate and be thankful to haShem for using them. You think the Mashiakh will just instantly pop out of the sky? Its a process. Everything takes time, as to the birth pangs of the Mashiakh. Now do your best to lesten his suffering by your actions.

Anonymous said...

thanks for removing my 'upset' comments. may i suggest that a tikkun for the divisive parts of this dialogue is to post on the necessity of ahavas yisroel. to this other anon: there were in the old yishuv datiim, religious jews who worked the land. the physical work wasn't only seculars.
i think it's of supreme importance for datiim to show initiative in ahavas yisroel towards seculars; and to do it with complete integrity of torah, of course.
there should even be a blog dedicated to that..one that chilonim and datiim can come to.

i don't know enough to do it but i know there are those who do.

this would be truly metukan in H's eyes and would hasten the geulah!!!

Anonymous said...

there are many derechs but no pure emet today because of the satan and the strength of the sitra achra . O
nly when Hashem "decides " to bring mashiach can the 3 impure heads be broken the klipot of ishmael , edom , and the erev rav . The gra says mby deals with edom B"H mbd ishmael B"H and moshe rabbeinu the erev rav B"H. Chaim vital says the main tikkun today is prayer especially prayer for tikkun and the ultimate tikkun geulah . As the mishnah says we have no one to rely on but our father in heaven to quickly end this golut edom , witness the pope and a billion idolatrous catholics coming on rashbis holy day . Rashbi had to run for his life like millions of jews throughout exile from the church / edom . Akiva saw the church / edom and tried to defeat it with bar kochba . We need Hashem and ahavat Yisrael ! to finally defeat this world opf sheker the opposite of emet !

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