22 Shevat 5779
The Torah explains to us how the Creator made this world by making separations and distinctions and by setting boundaries. Eisav, particularly, has gone to war against the Creator by attempting to build bridges across those boundaries, by erasing all the lines of separation, and mixing everything into one indistinguishable mass.
For example, with electric wires encircling the globe, night has been turned into day so that commerce can proceed 24 hours without stop. (Bereishit 1:4,5) And anyone may choose "its" own gender. (Bereishit 1:27) Absolutely anything goes. Western mass media also operates 24 hours without stop, pushing their gospel of Oneness of Humanity: No borders, no differences.
And who is their greatest enemy and their most despised stumbling block? The people who remain apart, who were "chosen" by the Creator to be a separate, holy people - Bnei Yisrael.
When we were redeemed from Egypt, we had to pass one simple, but terrifying test. We were required to take an action which set us completely apart from the rest of the world in a way that could potentially enrage them and put our very lives, and those of our loved ones as well, at risk.
Our Sages have taught us that the final redemption will follow the pattern of the redemption from Egypt.
There can be no doubt that the final test of our loyalty to Hashem and our merit to be redeemed will involve some similar test which will set us firmly on the wrong side of the Eisavian West which so strongly influences and controls our present world.
Our constant refusal to integrate, to assimilate, and to unite with the enemies of Hashem is what will save us in the end and render us worthy of the ultimate redemption. May it be with mercy and soon!