Monday, March 18, 2013

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Gog uMagog and Yetizas Mitzrayim

chidushei harim plaqueThe Chiddushei HaRim of Gur (one of the Rebbes of Gur) was known to say that the final war of Gog and Magog will be a war of prayer in which it will be sorely difficult for a Jew to even say Shema (the shema yisroel prayer, a foundational prayer of Judaism).  We will find our faith greatly tested with the doubt, darkness and suffering that will befall us in these last days before Moshiach, may G-d have mercy.

Yet we must take strength with the knowledge that the inner turmoil we suffer is part of the decree of Golus (exile).  By enduring the darkness that tortures our minds and shakes our resolve, we bring awesome rectifications upon the world and upon all generations past.  We must accept this challenge, strengthen our resolve and our faith in Hashem, and never submit to the shadow of doubt.

Most bitter of all is that the yetzer hara (evil inclination) uses our suffering to stir doubt in our hearts though in truth our suffering is an atonement designed to draw us closer to Hashem and not push us away from Him.

By succeeding in this final test, we will merit the inner redemption of our souls and complete the purification of the world that began with the Exodus from Egypt.  At long last, we will succeed in uplifting the lost souls who perished in the darkness of Egypt.  Through the challenges we endure in this bitter lengthly Golus (exile), we ensure that they too will return.

-- Mevaser Tov, Sefer HaChaim - The Book of Life, chapter “and the lost shall return”, by the Biala Rebbe, shlita.

2 comments:

tostien said...

Rabbi Sapirman has said similar things. He has a CD set on emunah which is now available for free download: http://patentlyjewish.com/belief-jewish-basics-know-what-to-answer-yourself-cd-series/

01) The Emunah Deficit (Download: CD 1)
This introduction lecture sets out the problem. In prior generations, Jews knew without a doubt that there was a G_d who gave us the Torah at Mount Sinai. It was so well known and believed that no one needed to teach it. In the past few hundred years, other ideologies and beliefs have pulled the Jews away from the Torah, leaving a huge deficit in belief that must be made up. This is the purpose of this CD series.
02) The World Has an Owner (Download: CD 2, CD 3, CD 4)
These lectures show that by examining the evidence around us and looking at the universe, it is obvious that there must be a creator. The universe testifies to the existence of a creator, and ideologies to the contrary are without merit.
03) You Had a Revelation (Download: CD 5, CD 6)
Every other religion is based on the concept of “I had a revelation and this is what was revealed to me.” Judaism is different. Judaism is based on the fact that every single person experienced the revelation, in mass numbers. The Torah states in many places open miracles that happened over the 40 years in the desert, and those which happened before and after as well. Everyone who was there and received the revelation was commanded to pass down what they heard to their children, who believed without a doubt for generation after generation, despite tremendous persecution and adversity. Such a thing could not be faked, cannot and has not been duplicated, and was not denied by anyone until extremely recently. In fact, other religions base their claims off of that of Judaism, but add that “I had a revelation” that it should be changed, instead of “You had a revelation.”
04) So Where Has Everyone Gone? (Download: CD 7)
While all the evidence is quite convincing, the problem often arises in the mind of a Jew – if it’s so obvious that it’s true, why have the majority of Jews, who have been handed down the transmission from Mount Sinai, and who can examine the evidence of the nature of the world, abandoned the Torah? Where has everyone gone?
05) The Obvious Word of Hashem & Quotations from the Torah (Download: CD 8, CD 9, CD 10)
In this final section, encompassing the last three CDs, numerous quotations from the written Torah are analyzed and compared to what actually happened, world history, and events predicted accurately. These include the small number of Jews, being exiled around the world and returning to Israel, and the nature of and result of the destruction of the first and second Temples, as well as the promise of redemption before the building of the Third temple.
The Oral Torah
Please visit the Ani Maamin Store to purchase CDs on the Oral Torah, including how to know the Oral Torah was given by Hashem why a G-d–given Torah can still have disagreements in interpretation, what trust in our sages really means and doesn’t mean, why we have to follow Rabbinic law, why two Rabbis may give different answers to the same question, and the source of customs of Ashkenazic and Sefardi Jews.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am struggling with such a hard nisoyon that I can't even pray sometimes, and I wondered what's the point? To feel so despondent to the point of not wanting to pray! Why Hashem brought this upon me? But now you have given me a much needed nechoma!! Thanks

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