03 April 2011
"A Flood of Tears"
28 Adar II 5771
The Zohar tells us that 'no exile will be as oppressive to the Jewish people as the Ishmaelite Exile.'" (Part 2, 17:11) *
How are we supposed to react?
"G-d will hear the cries [of the Children of Israel] as a result of Ishmael's actions in the Land at the end of days." (Pirkei deRebbe Eliezer, Ch. 32)
Our cries will bring Moshiach! This is like our cries in the days of the Egyptian Exile.
"The Ramchal (Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato) makes a comparison between the Redemption from Egypt and the Final Redemption .... The Redemption from Egypt ... came after Israel turned to G-d in the language of a moan; 'and G-d heard their moans...'" (The Ishmaelite Exile, Footnote 23, Page 79)
For whom are we crying?
THE FOGEL FAMILY.
THE VICTIMS OF LAST WEEK'S JERUSALEM BOMBING ATTACK.
OUR BROTHERS TRAPPED IN JAPANESE PRISONS.
SHOLOM MORDECHAI RUBASHKIN.
These are only a few of our brothers and sisters for whom we cry out to
the Al-Mighty G-d!
Several weeks ago, a tsunami inundated northern Japan. The devastation was immense, yet this was a mere drop compared to the endless expanse of water that covers the earth. And what is this vast expanse, this sea that is as deep as Mount Everest is high?
THESE ARE THE TEARS OF ISRAEL!
Yes, my friends, these are the tears we have shed over thousands of years, the tears we continue to shed. Who else has cried as we have? Who else has been stamped upon, crushed and cursed, hated and tortured as we have? They think we are their plaything, a toy for their fiendish games. "We are regarded as the sheep led to slaughter, to be killed, destroyed, beaten and humiliated...." (Tachanun)
"O you who usher in tears, may you usher in our tears before the King Who finds favor through tears." (Selichos)
My friends, there will come a time when those tears will arise like a mighty wall and destroy our enemies. I do not understand why a tsunami struck Japan, but it is clear that those who think that they can torture us will not be allowed to carry out their plots for much longer.
We are awaiting the day on which Hashem will "rescue [our] soul from the sword, [our] essence from the grip of the dog...." (Psalm 22:21).
But In the meantime, we are not helpless. There is something we can do.
What is King David's response to "the grip of the dog"? Two sentences later, he tells us the formula: "I will proclaim Your Name to my brethren."
Let's talk straight.
After 2000 years, we have returned to the Land of Israel. Are we really like the other nations? Are we the same as the inhabitants of Rome and Saudi Arabia?
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP?
For how long will we continue to anger our Father in Heaven?
For how long will we continue to bring disaster upon ourselves?
"Children I have raised and exalted and they have rebelled against me! An ox knows his master's trough, [but] Israel does not know!" (Isaiah 1:2-3, Haftara for Parshas Dvarim)
IN ORDER TO MERIT THE "SHIELD OF AVRAHAM," WE HAVE TO TRY TO EMULATE AVRAHAM!
My friends, Passover is coming. Only twenty percent of the Children of Israel left Egypt! They were the ones who saw that Egypt is built on impurity! Unless we also understand that the lifestyle of the surrounding nations today is built on impurity, we could suffer the same fate as our ancestors, G-d forbid! The Western World and the Moslem World are crumbling just as Egypt crumbled in Biblical days. When the Redemption comes, will we be among those who live to see the dawn of the New World?
G-D'S TORAH IS SURVIVAL, LIFE ITSELF!
For how long are we going to debate the Truth of Torah?
It's time to get real!
"Father of compassion Who dwells on high, in His powerful compassion may He recall... the devout, the upright and the perfect ones who were beloved and pleasant in their lifetime and in their death were not parted [from G-d] ... He will bring retribution upon His foes and He will appease His land and His people.... 'For the Avenger of blood has remembered them; He has not forgotten the cry of the humble.' And it says, 'He will judge the corpse-filled nations. He will crush the leaders of the mighty land....'" (Av Harachamim).
When we return to our Father in Heaven, then our tears will become an irresistible force. They will roll over the earth and bury all evil, just as the Red Sea rolled over our enemies in the days of our original Redemption. Then we will sing a new song!
"G-d saved Israel on that day from the hand of Egypt and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.... Then Moses and the Children of Israel chose to sing this song to G-d... 'I shall sing to G-d for He is exalted above the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea...." (Exodus 14:30 ff)
Just as our cries were heard in Egypt, so they will be heard now!
"Do not fear! Stand fast and see the salvation ... that [G-d] will perform for you today...." (Exodus 14:13)
Roy S. Neuberger