17 Adar Bet 5774
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Two articles from Daniel on Purim: The first refers to the prayer rally at the Gates of Jerusalem which took place on Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet 5774 and explains chareidi-secular relations in Eretz Yisrael in comparison to the situation of Am Yisrael in Egypt.
Today, we are as if in Egypt
"And these are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt;...Now all those descended from Jacob were seventy souls,.... The children of Israel were fruitful and swarmed and increased and became very very strong, and the land became filled with them. A new king arose over Egypt,.... He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more numerous and stronger than we are. Get ready, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they increase, and a war befall us, and they join our enemies and depart from the land." So they appointed over them tax collectors to afflict them with their burdens.... But as much as they would afflict them, so did they multiply and so did they gain strength, and they were disgusted because of the children of Israel." (Exodus, chapter 1)
Today, we are as if in Egypt. The children of Israel are fruitful and increasing and suddenly, the Egyptians are awakening and saying: 'They are a danger for us.' 'They must be slaves.' We must remove from them their faith and trust in God. And the Egyptians worked hard in order to take for them the merits that they received in the time of Yosef. We came here to Eretz Yisrael a long time before the secular Zionists, and from then until today, we have increased in an amazing way. While not six children at the same time, but now being born three-five children at the same time. And this is not out of the ordinary. Then, all the time that the numbers were small, they rejected the war against the Jewish religion and now, they see us everywhere.
And like in Egypt - the Jews decided that they wanted a piece of the materialistic cake that the seculars have. So, the evil Hellenistic goyische government decided that the Chareidim in Am Yisrael are too many and their requirements too many, and it constitutes a danger to the existence of the secular State of Israel, therefore they need to destroy Judaism. But, this is a mistake, it's suicide on their part! Because it's clear, because until today, whoever stood against Am Yisrael - nothing remains from them. There's not a trace of them. And this is a historic fact.
The rally today was not totally pure for the sake of Heaven, because there are various groups who pull in all kinds of directions and there is a lot of politics here. But, gather together because there is no other choice. Because the government wants to destroy our Judaism and turn us into gentiles. They want to put women to be judges on the religious courts, they want doctors to be mohelim, they want to take over the kashrut, and every day another decree in order to destroy the Torah and our faith and trust in HKB"H, God forbid.
It's nothing new. It's just amazing that in Eretz Yisrael, "so-called Jews" are doing exactly what the gentiles did throughout history until today against the Jews. The same methodology, the same way! They're working really hard and despite that there are Chareidim in the Knesset who speak against it - it doesn't help. And what's important about today's rally is that at least a large part of the Chareidim are now saying: 'No further. You're making war against the Torah, against HKB"H - no further!'
But, this is not the end. It's only the beginning. Because the side of the Hellenists and the gentiles, the Zionists and the gentiles who are standing behind them - are not going to stop. They're working like crazy to finish off the Jewish religion. So, the time will come for the hundreds of thousands who come today to protest, they will have to say again and again: 'We do not agree to change even one word of the mitzvot of our holy Torah, or from our faith.'
Unfortunately, there will be some Chareidim who will not want to leave the Egel-Hazahav of This World and they will be ready to compromise with the seculars, until they disappear together with them. The worst decrees are now coming down upon us and only the "real Jews" will say: 'No, no further, that's it!' And this will be the mesirut nefesh - the self sacrifice - that Hashem wants from Am Yisrael.
Lately - we're seeing hundreds of Chareidim integrating more and more into the secular world, in a good job, in the army, in all kinds of places that until today, there weren't any Chareidim there. They're trying to combine Judaism with an open lifestyle that is against the Jewish religion, working with heretic haters of Israel, haters of the Torah, to integrate with them - it doesn't go.
We also see chareidi Jews occupied with politics. Only a portion of the askanim, mayors and representatives in the Knesset, etc - work for the sake of Heaven. Therefore, the spiritual level of Judaism is going down. The askanim just now are like mushrooms after rain, and for a portion of the askanim there is a matter of collaborating with the gentile Hellenist government because they profit from it. There are various ways that chareidi mayors are using their duties to drop not-a-little money into their pockets. And from this is born an entire industry. And the victim in all this - it's the simple good Jew, who's trying to raise his children to Torah and mitzvot, to love HKB"H, to be all the time a servant of Hashem - to live only to do His will, and in the end he's a victim of the askanim for their kind and all the business-people who control the world wit the Hellenist-gentiles.
And like in Egypt - the level of Judaism went down significantly at the moment that a portion of the Chareidim began to come close and integrate with the secular, Hellenistic, gentile world.
Like in Egypt, when the Jewish population grew in an amazing way and already there wasn't room in Goshen, they began to live also in the gentile areas and to mix in their company, and then the gentiles began to feel endangered because the number of Jews was greater than the number of Egyptians and they feared that it would change the character of Egypt.
So too now, there are "so-called Chareidim" in every place in the world who want to work, to have fun, to 'have a good time,' like the seculars. And since the seculars are beginning to see the Chareidim turning up in all kinds of places which were once relevant to seculars alone, and their competition in politics and in business and wherever they turn up, it's combined with all kinds of requirements like kashrut, a place to pray, etc. It's irritating the seculars very much and they want to rid themselves of the 'affliction' that they call 'Chareidim.' But, what most annoys the seculars is that the Chareidim are able to integrate and to rule in every place 'easy as pie.' And if we look upon this well, so this was exactly the problem with the Jews in Europe. The Jews had succeeded too much, and especially in money matters, and this irritated them the most.
The significance of the conference, the rally, the protest, this prayer, it's in a few words that were spoken there: "No Chareidi will enlist!" And this is not just an answer on the matter of recruitment. This is the answer that needs to be on every decree that they want to impose on Am Yisrael: Absolutely not! Don't allow, don't cooperate with all the illegal laws - democratic laws against Am Yisrael, against Hashem and His Torah. If there is a problem with conversion - then Chareidim will marry only with converts who converted with the chareidi religious courts. If they won't allow a mohel to circumcise a child - then, we'll do like in communist Russia, in secret. And if they want to force us to eat unkosher food - then we will establish our own secret hechsher. And if they will want to judge us for keeping the Torah and God forbid, put us in jail because of this or they'll want to kill us because of it - Hashem will save us.
One thing's for sure - if the State of Israel dares to pass laws against Chareidi Jews, against Hashem and His Torah, then they will have a bitter end like the villains throughout history who fought against the truth, against the Torah, against HaKadosh Baruch Hu.
I'm afraid that after this will come a lot of the most difficult decrees and it will be very hard for Chareidim and already a portion of the Chareidim want to leave the country to flee from it. I advise not to leave the Land of Israel. They should remain here. It's impossible to fight against the seculars with the might of your arm, because that's not what Hashem wants. He will fight for us! We have to trust in Him, to request and to pray for His help. We say: We have no strength, only HKB"H is our strength and we are in His hands alone. And our war is: Not to agree to decrees against the religion, to establish large, thick partitions between us and them, partitions that we will build in order to separate ourselves from them. Hashem will make the war, because Hashem wants the Children of Israel to return to Him completely, that they will be loyal only to Him and to His Torah - and not to anything else.
And outside of Israel, it won't be much better. Hatred for Jews is going to grow. Decrees are already coming and it will be worse yet. Hashem will give a strong blow to the gentiles, that two-thirds of the world will be destroyed. We have no interest to flee from the Land of Israel. We have, outside the Land of Israel, huge numbers of Reform and Conservative Jews who are also against the Chareidim and they work with governments - the gentiles against the Jewish Chareidim, the faithful. There's nothing to look for outside the Land of Israel! Our place is Eretz Yisrael.
Hashem is preparing the world for the last wars, and these are spiritual wars. People will be killed and it will be a great destruction. But, the essence of the war is spiritual. HKB"H against the heretics and the wicked gentiles. And the winners will be exclusively these the Jews, the faithful, the real deal, who, at any price, will remain with HKB"H, with His will and His Torah. And also a very few gentiles who will see the truth.
The meeting today is another sign that the geulah is fast approaching, and we need to be ready from all the tests to receive our righteous Mashiach soon. We should merit to receive him in mercy and joy, with a heart full of joy that finally, this bitter exile is finished and we are rid of the government of evildoers and the yetzer hara.
And all these things will completely disappear and we will enter into a much more perfect world, much more ease. Because we won't have the heavy burden of war, internally and externally, that's inside every person against the yetzer hara. And you have no idea what it's like to be without the yetzer hara - mamash Gan Eden!
[Second message and Q&A to follow as time permits.]