19 Elul 5783
I can't believe we are only eleven days out from Rosh Hashanah 5784! I thought we were at the end around 5762!! And here we still are, so much worse off than any of us could have imagined back then! Twenty-two years ago, no smart phones, no social media, no global pandemic with non-vaccine "vaccines," etc.
I read a lot of headlines but fewer actual articles. I just don't have the heart for it. I saw one the other day about a hybrid pig/human embryo that had been created in a lab somewhere. Then, as I'm scanning the news, it seems that every day now, there is yet another (or several) attacks on Jews, while our useless government stands by and does nothing. And the country is being overrun by foreigners until it looks like we've lost Eretz Yisrael to the goyim. America comments daily on their disgust with every move we make. Then, I read where rich chutznik "Jews" have been sending all our top military brass to be indoctrinated in programs at Harvard and the like, that horrible Yair Golan being a case in point.
But now, the worst news of all. In what should be zeman simchateinu - a time of pure joy - we must instead suffer the insult of an onslaught of Christian idolatry in our holy city. Once again, Christians are going to be parading in the streets of Jerusalem, taking it over as if it belongs to them. They are going to be here throughout the entire high holiday period "proclaiming Yeshu to be King over all the Earth." Oh, and they will be doing this at their government-sanctioned Christian worship area at the Southern Steps to the Temple Mount!!
It all just makes you want to scream! "Ad matai, Hashem? Ad matai?!!" And this is precisely what we need to be doing. Screaming to Hashem and crying out for deliverance! That's why it's not acceptable to put your head in the sand and not allow yourself to be aware of what is happening around you. People feel that their peace of mind and mental health are at stake, but if you can hide within a bubble of your own making, when would you ever feel the need to cry out to Hashem?!
And the Lord said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their slave drivers, for I know their pains. (Shemot 3.7)When I am in distress, I call upon the Lord; yes, I cry out to my God; out of His temple He hears my voice, and my cry comes before Him in His ears. (Tehillim 18.7)They cry out and the Lord hearkens, and He saves them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and He saves those of crushed spirit. (Tehillim 34.18-19)The Lord is near to all who call Him, to all who call Him with sincerity. He does the will of those who fear Him, and He hears their cry and saves them. (Tehillim 145.18-19)And Hashem said to [the angel], "Pass through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and mark a sign on the foreheads of the men who sigh and moan for all the abominations that are done within it." (Yechezkel 9.4) [Commentary: The prophecy goes on to say that the sinners were about to be wiped out. This sign on the forehead of the righteous was to protect them from the fate of the sinners.]