Erev Rosh Chodesh
Excerpted from The End of Days, Vol 1 by Shmuel Raber...
What is the practical way to confront the airev rav?
The truth is that actual warfare should have taken place, but because of the lowliness of their situation, the remnants of the exile will find themselves so enveloped by the weighty peels and thorns of the airev rav, that they will not have the ability to go out to battle as did our forefathers, the Hasmoneans. The numerous "Hellenists" will greatly outnumber the few "Maccabees," so there will be no one able to stand up to try to protect them. Their inability to wage war directly does not testify to the fact that they have lost hope; rather, it forces them to wage a conflict in a circumventive way.
...The key resource that we possess that can light up the darkness of the present is the light of the Torah. ...The goal is to spread Torah and fear of Heaven in public and to teach the Nation of Israel that Hashem is true and His Torah is true....
What is our obligation towards the airev rav?
The reality of the exile under the airev rav obligates us to build a plan truly relating to it, and to uproot from our hearts false ideals that have become imbued because of the lack of understanding of the true opinion and ideals of the Torah. The assumption that we and the airev rav constitute a single nation is patently invalid, because the airev rav disconnected themselves from the Nation of Israel, thereby canceling our obligation towards them as full-fledged Jews. For this reason, we are obligated to view the airev rav as a peel that has cut itself off from the living fruit - to recognize that they are another nation that has usurped the Jewish mannerisms and customs, show them in their true light, and abhor their new values and ideals and their rebellion against the Kingdom of Heaven....
Is there any necessity to be grateful to the airev rav for protecting us?
The rule of the airev rav, their dominant influence in all walks of life, and the feeling they have implanted in us that they look out for our benefit has created in us gratitude to the peel and the thorns that watch over the fruit and the rose. However, knowing that the main goals of the airev rav are to force their values on the Jewish Nation and deny the people the rule of the Torah must make us realize our mistake. We must understand that the airev rav does not guard and protect us, [Hashem does].... [They] are only being used as messengers to implement the will of Heaven.
Are we obligated to separate ourselves from the airev rav?
In the End of Days the task of separating the good people from the evil ones must take place. We must recognize and differentiate between the airev rav, who have removed from themselves the yoke of the Torah and the fear of Heaven, and the good simple people who, in spite of the fact that they have become lax in their fulfillment of the Torah and mitzvot, still retain the title of Israel by honoring and appreciating Torah and Torah learners.
In addition, the external classification must be accompanied by an internal separation from the airev rav. Each one will have to uproot from his heart the influence of the airev rav. Each one will have to acknowledge the despicableness of the culture of the airev rav and abstain from it....I recommend this book to my readers. It has the haskamot of the following rabbis:
HaGaon HaRav Aharon Feldman, shlita
Member of the Moetses Gedolei HaTorah of America
Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore, USA
Shmuel Eliezer Stern
Dayan in the Beis Din Tzedek
of Maran HaGaon Rav Shmuel Vozner, shlita
Rosh Yeshiva of Chug Chasam Sofer
and Rav of Western Bnei Brak
HaGaon HaRav Yisroel Ganz, shlita
Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Kol Torah, Jerusalem