9 Tevet 5782
[Please note Rabbi Richter's Part 2 from last week's shiur at right -->]
"It is known that the last redemption will be like the first." (p.569)"G-d will bring the final redemption the same way He brought the first,...." (p.930)"This last exile and its redemption will be like the first exile and its redemption: Just as there, when the time of reckoning came, G-d did not allow Israel to remain in the exile, the same here as well. Our sages said (Midrash HaGadol, Bereshit, 50:24):"'G-d is sure to visit you' [pakod yifkod] (Gen. 50:24): He informed them of two visits. The first [pakod] referred to the time of Moses, the second [yifkod] to that of the Messianic king." (p.964)"The first exile is an omen for the last." (p.994)
"Today's alien culture has replaced idolatry, one more reason G-d promised not to let Israel dwell among the nations. G-d said, 'With fury poured out I will be King over you' (Ezek. 20:33), and He said He would remove Israel from the exile by force - at least those who survive the suffering there and are not killed by G-d like the Jews who, despising Eretz Yisrael, preferred to remain in Egypt." (p.569)
"Just as G-d liquidated the exile in Egypt and allowed no Jew to remain, killing those who refused to leave for Eretz Yisrael, so, too, in this period of final redemption, G-d will liquidate the exile with fury poured out and will annihilate any who refuse to leave it - Heaven help us!" (p.580)
"Lack of faith and trust is what separates us from redemption by our Father in heaven. It is this which leaves most of the Jewish People in the cemetery of exile, breeding ground for a future holocaust, G-d forbid!
"Lack of trust in G-d's Oneness, fear of the nations [or love of them], the alien conception that we must rely on them or we have no hope, and the calculation that one had better sit tranquilly in the exile 'since earning a living in Eretz Yisrael must be harder than splitting the sea' - such petty lack of faith is what keeps the Jew in the exile. This mind set is hinted at in the Hebrew language ordained by G-d. In Hebrew there is no difference between גולה-gola, exile, and גאולה-geulah, redemption, except the letter aleph, with a numerical value of one. Thus, whoever remains in the exile, thereby postponing Eretz Yisrael's redemption, is only doing so because he lacks the "One," the complete belief in G-d's being One and His name One." (p.967)