18 December 2015

Beware of False Messiahs and False Prophets

6 Tevet 5776
Erev Shabbat Kodesh

Not everything or everyone who speaks "geulah" is kosher. In these last days before Mashiach's revelation, there is not one corner of Jewish life that has not been infiltrated with clever replicas of the truth. These replicas are so clever that we might easily be fooled were it not for the Jewish soul's attachment to truth. It can sniff out a lie every time. It might take some longer than others, but in the end, every Jewish soul can tell the difference between the real deal and the false copy. These false copies have tells. If you know what to look for, you can spot them before they are able to do you any harm. 

They build themselves around a kernel of truth. That's what gives them life. Then, they dress themselves up in the right costume and learn to speak the language. They can put on a really great show, but as they are still designed to inject a lie like a virus into a healthy body, adverse symptoms soon appear which let us know not all is well here.

When "Orthodoxy" starts sounding and looking more like an "alternative stream" of Judaism, something's not kosher. When you start hearing about egalitarianism, updating Judaism for the times, respecting and even appreciating other religions, changing halachah to fit "our new reality" as well as hints and allusions that the redemption has already arrived or that we have to bring it ourselves - that we must "work to fulfill prophecy" and that it's all up to us. Wow! Look out! Big Trouble Ahead!!

All these copies diverge in one way or another from the Truth as it was revealed at Har Sinai. Sometimes it's so subtle that we might be taken in for a short time, but then the Jew's connection to that Divine Truth will always let him know at some point that it's not 100%. We have to be careful though. Woe to us for that "short time" in which we might be taken in, if during those fleeting moments we stray from the true path ourselves.

In case my meaning is unclear, here are a few examples. Conservative Judaism in Hebrew calls itself "traditional" when it is far, far, far from what was traditionally Judaism for 3500 years. The founding of the State of Israel is perceived by (too) many as the promised Kingdom of David or at least something that will in time morph into it. Nothing could be further from the truth. We've got a "nascent Sanhedrin" and a "Temple Movement" which, while appearing to be precursors to a completely restored Torah foundation, seek to establish ties between Judaism and other religions; and their memberships are completely infiltrated by Erev Rav who have set themselves up as the leaders.

False messiahs and false prophets all. If anyone tells you that our reality has changed since we are now living in a time of geulah and that the Torah and halachah must and will change to accommodate that, run far, far away as fast as you possibly can. And beware of these false messiahs and false prophets who dress the dress, walk the walk and talk the talk, but with a little something added in that spells the difference between life and death.

~Shabbat shalom~