14 Marcheshvan 5776
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is ways of death." (Proverbs 14.12)
Like everything else in this World of Sheker, the geulah process is not without its "Other Side". We remain in testing mode which requires free will and that means the Satan has permission to try to lure us back into the Matrix, and even more so if one is waking up from it and learning the Truth.
Those who have awoken to their mission and to their destiny must be ever on guard because the slightest - and I mean like a hairsbreadth - deviation from the Truth will lead you far astray over time. And what's most critical to understand at this time is how the Satan will not tempt you to do "evil", but to do what is "good" in your own eyes.
We're told that this is exactly how idolatry got started. Some people got together and decided that since the stars and planets serve the Creator like ministers to a king, it would be honoring to the King of the Universe to give honor also to his "ministers" - the stars and planets. Over time, people forgot the original rationale for their actions and began to worship the stars and planets as if they were themselves divine beings apart from the Creator.
This was a way that seemed right to some men, but its end - idolatry - led to [spiritual] death.
An example of how this kind of thinking is manifesting itself in this generation is a lesson in how a subtle change, even just a tweak, to an idea can lead to serious error down the road. There are those who are today promoting greater and greater "interfaith" involvement. They see this as not only a good thing, but as a noble mission.
Aside from the fact that it goes against the rulings of earlier poskim, it has brought about a major change in focus almost completely unnoticed. The new thinking envisions Jews as servants of the gentiles; as ministers to the nations. The reality and the Truth is that we are servants and ministers of Hashem Yitbarach and Him alone and that will never change! Do the gentiles benefit from that? You bet they do!
So, be aware and be alert to subtle changes that don't comport with our traditional Torah teachings. And be cognizant of the fact that just because a Jew wraps himself in the cloak of geulah, it doesn't mean we are all on the same side.