by Reb Dov bar Leib and Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Various warnings are coming to the Jewish people this week. Physical threats against Israel and Cyprus by the opportunistic hater of Turkey, Erdogan. Spiritual warnings by Rav Shalom Arush, shlita. Physical warnings by Jewish groups around the U.S. worried about being targeted by Arabs during the Palestinian UN move. And political warnings against Israel and Jews living in the Shomron (West Bank) because of the Palestinian UN move.
Let’s starting with this, that a friend received from the U.S…
Over the past few years more and more Arabs have moved into my very Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Chicago. There use to be a family on the other side of my block that blasted their (Islamic) calls to prayer until it stopped suddenly, most likely the Alderman was asked to quiet them down. Since then I haven't heard any 'calls to prayer' for at least 3-4 years.
Well, today, September 18th, 2 days before the Palestinians are planning on declaring themselves a State to the UN......I'm hearing the calls to prayer with the volume UP for the first time in years. Our community here was warned by our local rabbinical council to be cautious between now and the beginning of Rosh Hashanah when the U.N. votes on this issue.
Reb Dov bar Leib responds with these thoughts to the current situation…
West Jerusalem is the safest place to be in the world at this time, for even if the international troops come you have a promise from G-d through (the biblical prophet) Zecharia that the Western half of the City will remain unmolested.
Every Torah observant Jew knows that Sukkot and Shmini Atzereth are the festivals of the Final Redemption, for although that redemption may commence on Pesach, it will reach a climax during Sukkot. The first day of Sukkot in some time in the near future (G-d willing) may become the grandest day in human history - even greater than the day we left Egypt.
On that day for the last 2500 years every synagogue in the world reads Zecharia 14 as the Haftarah. It does not matter if the synagogue is Ashkenazi or Sepharadi, inside the Land of Israel or outside Israel, and it does not matter whether or not there is a Shabbat Chol HaMoed either. (For instance Ezekiel 38 and 39 is only read if there is a Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot as there is this year, but come rain or shine Zecharia 14 is read every year.)
So the religious Jewish community knows that when the world is coming to divide Jerusalem and to expel Jews from half of the Holy City that they should be scrambling to leave the (seeming) security of Galut. The galut ends at that point and the nations of the world are punished.
There is no invisible wall protecting West Rogers Park from the rest of Chicago or Boro Park from the rest of Brooklyn. When the punishment is exacted on the world, Jews living amongst the condemned nations will not be protected. Example: (Approximately) Ten Jews died during the F-5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri , Rachmana Etzlan (G-d should have mercy). The tornado did not change its path to avoid the Jews that were in its way.
When the haftarot, the holy words of the biblical prophets, are read in Shul every Jew should be reading along and listening. For it appears the days of their implementation may be very close.
There will be no Holocaust here in the Land of Israel. In the short term here in Yesha (West Bank) there will be local problems. But miracles will happen for decent people in Israel, such as when missiles do fly to cities in the coastal plain only homes of the indecent will be hit. Personally I qualify this as the homes of Kadima, Labor, and Meretz voters being hit along with Eliyashiv and Gerrer supporters because they either drove or turned a blind eye to the Disengagement with their leaders caring less. We saw this in Ashdod just a few weeks ago when the Iron Dome anti-short-range rocket defense system failed on 3 occasions to stop incoming rockets. Two of them hit Gerer institutions, and it’s my belief this was a microcosm of what a much larger war will be like.
Reb Akiva responded to me, “It still comes back to...wise advise is needed, spiritual and physical. Yet, if you were in a position to see the holocaust coming - yet knew this was a divine judgment and there was literally almost no way to survive, no way to avoid it and no where to run (which was the case for the Jews of Europe during the holocaust and in some interpretations is the case near the later stages of Gog u’Magog), would you bother to run around and tell anyone? What’s the point?”
It’s my belief it is not a Shoah (a holocaust), for the decent will be protected from harm. Teshuvah for a lack of human decency (or for a failure to keep the mitzvot of Bein Adom L’Havaro – the mitzvos of kindness between man and his fellow are still Divine commandments) will be forced upon those who cannot figure it out for themselves. It will be from pachad (fear), but our G-d will no longer tolerate these inmates running the State of Israel.
So it will be very very good here in the Land of Israel. By the end of about four months of this, it will be former Kadima voters who will burn down the offices of HaAretz, Ma'ariv, and the Last Idiot (Yediot Achronot) for lying to them all these years. No one in Yesha (the West Bank) will need to lift a finger.
As far as Chu"l (outside the Land of Israel) is concerned, they have been forewarned and forewarned to leave and return to their home, the home of the Jewish people, the Land of Israel, but few are listening. The last straw is to ignore this attempt by the nations of the world to divide Jerusalem.
We can only warn them and plead for them to get out. In America every Jew has it in his power to leave. Unlike 1939 there are no closed borders to the Land of Israel. Even more so, while the economy of the U.S and Western Europe is contracting and many are struggling, the economy of the State of Israel is growing and offering more job opportunities. So people not coming this time is their fault. Sorry to be so harsh.
We do not know the end or what will happen. But Rav Shalom Arush, shlita has added an important thought for this moment as well. Regardless of whether things are dangerous physically for Jews this week, it is the last week of Elul and before Rosh Hashana. Do we fear worldly judgment or Hashem’s judgment???
Our activism is manifest in prayer and teshuva (returning to G-d). Despite the fact that earlier this week, I said that the harsh decree of imminent conflict has been delayed, that doesn't mean that we can put down our guard or our spiritual weapons. The delay is to enable more people to have the opportunity to do teshuva and to save themselves and their families. But who knows how long the gates of teshuva will remain open.
Whether the warnings are physical or spiritual, or whether it’s just the last week before Rosh Hashana – it’s a good time for Torah, mitzvot, good deeds, charity, and especially kindness to our fellow!