21 Adar I 5776
Rabbi Alon Anava in a recent shiur entitled "Why Do We Do Mitzvot?"...
"The Zohar explains that between our soul to HKB"H there's a rope. A spiritual rope. If you look at a physical rope, the rope is built from strings. The same way that this rope between our neshamah to God is built on 613 fibers corresponding to all the mitzvot. If I do all the mitzvot then my rope is powerful, strong. If I start doing one aveirah, I cut one string. Five aveirot, five strings. I don't do one mitzvah, I cut another string. Ten out of 613 is not so bad, but then you start doing more and more and more, you start cutting this rope. At some point there's no connection. Unfortunately, with some of the sins we do in this world a person with one act can cut the entire rope. These are called aveirot of karet. A person doesn't keep Shabbat, in one shot he cuts the whole rope! Karet! A person eats on Yom Kippur...the whole rope gets cut! You now have no connection. I lost my connection. Now, go fix it."
Teshuvah repairs the rope.
Understanding this concept in this way gives added meaning to these words...
...we are at the beginning of the greatest decline before the geulah shleimah. And it will go fast, it will go really fast. The descent - sharp, and in every sharp descent there is great speed. Therefore, I warn everyone, warn everyone, to take a deep breath, and make a very strong connection to HKB"H, because if not - this fall will frighten you and drive you crazy, and you won't even be able to breathe, or even to think how to save yourselves. Whoever prepares now - won't be afraid, they will know that they are, so to speak, in the hands of HKB"H and they won't be afraid of this sharp descent.
You have, of course, been through, here and there, a sharp physical descent. I'm not speaking about an emotional aspect, I'm talking about like a roller-coaster. It' s the feeling of going up high and when you're going down - your stomach goes up in your throat... and it's a terrible fear, even when you know it's only 'like' [falling]. But, now, it's not 'like', now it's for real. When we begin to descend below, then it will really be scary if you're not ready.
It's possible to stop this very-not-nice feeling, it's possible to stop the danger, if we will hold on to the spiritual rope that connects us to HKB"H.
The whole time that we are holding onto this rope - it's impossible to go down and with this rope Hashem will pull us up, up and we won't go down. We will hold on to the rope, everyone will go down - and we will go up. Just hold on to the rope. But, it's not so simple to hold on to this rope, we need to believe, we need to want to be with HKB"H, not just to save ourselves, but first and foremost to be with HKB"H more than anything in the world, more than any connection in this world, only this we want, and He will pull us up with this rope. (Source: Binyamin)
How strong is your rope? Is it in disrepair? Will it be strong enough to hold you when the time comes? Or is it near to breaking? There's almost no time left to fix it. Start NOW! DON'T WASTE ANOTHER MOMENT!!