14 September 2011

Losing all our "friends"

15 Elul 5771

The rabbi of our blog, Rav Yehuda HaCohen of Elon Moreh, passed along an amazing bit of information day before yesterday. I was holding off relaying it to my readers until I could locate the original source and quote it verbatim, but it may be a few more days before I track it down. In the meantime, this headline on Ynet this morning prompts me not to wait:

Israeli officials: Jordan hanging by a thread
As the US steps up its effort to prevent a Palestinian unilateral bid to declare statehood, Israeli officials fear a new eastern front in the form of Jordan. State officials warn that Jordan is in an extremely precarious state and effectively "hanging by a thread."

Three days ago, in the post, Geula Process Progressing, it was implied that the break in Israeli relations with its foremost allies in the region, Egypt and Turkey, is a positive sign on the Geula front. According to Rav Yehuda's sources, one might say that Jordan signed it's "death" warrant when it signed a peace treaty with Israel, because before the Light of Redemption (אור חדש על ציון תאיר) can shine, all Israel's ties to any other nation must be broken.

"May You shine a new light on Tzion, and may we all speedily merit its light" - We say it every day in the recitation of the blessings before the Shema. According to the Ya'avetz: "A new light. The 'new' light is actually a return to the original brilliance of creation. That light was concealed for the enjoyment of the righteous in the Messianic era. May it soon shine upon Zion."

According to Rav Yehuda, this issue is addressed by Rav Yaakov Moshe Charlap, ztz"l who was a close disciple of Rav Avraham HaCohen Kook, ztz"l and a former Rosh Yeshiva of Mercaz HaRav. The "Ohr Chadash" cannot be revealed as long as we have any connection to any of the nations.

It was also mentioned in a recent article entitled A Tisha b'Av State of Mind by Rav Aryeh Z Ginsberg in the Five Towns Jewish Times:

"Not for naught did the head of the Jewish Agency make the recent claim that never before in the history of the state, from 1948 until now, have we stood so alone in the world.

This by itself has a silver lining to it, as it brings the footsteps of Mashiach that much closer. The final redemption is too great to be brought about through other nations, wrote Rav Yaakov Moshe Charlap, zt"l, the late rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav (in his monumental work Ohr HaTehiyah). That is why after Pharaoh had given Bnei Yisrael permission to leave, he had to change his mind. The same will be true of the final redemption. The nations of the world will control Eretz Yisrael and will give us the right to settle there. Before the redemption can be complete, however, they will have to regret their decision, so that it will be clear that Hashem alone has redeemed us."

Rav Yehuda said that this is also something which was emphasized very strongly by Rav Meir Kahane, ztz"l, Hy"d in his final shiurim at the Ohr HaRa'ayon Yeshiva. I hope to be able to bring you the sources soon.

Meantime, don't sweat the little details. Focus on the big picture. This is good news! We are destined to conquer all of Biblical Eretz Yisrael.

(Isaiah 11:14) And they shall fly of one accord against the Philistines in the west, together they shall plunder the children of the East; upon Edom and Moab shall they stretch forth their hand, and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

I believe this describes the re-taking of Gaza ("Philistines in the west") and the areas of the PA in the "West Bank," which is east of Yerushalayim, ("the children of the East") and extending into Jordan ("Edom...Moab...Ammon"), as it is destabilized by its 75% "Palestinian" population.

And it could all happen starting next week with the Sep 20th declaration at the UN! Mashiach is right at the door!!