Erev Shabbat Kodesh
...[T]hose who put their hope in the Lord shall renew their vigor, they shall raise wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary, they shall walk and not tire.But you, Israel My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, who loved Me, Whom I grasped from the ends of the earth, and from its nobles I called you, and I said to you, "You are My servant"; I chose you and I did not despise you.Do not fear for I am with you; be not discouraged for I am your God: I encouraged you, I also helped you, I also supported you with My righteous hand.Behold all those incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; those who quarreled with you shall be as nought and be lost. You may seek them but not find them, those who quarrel with you; those who war with you shall be as nought and as nothing.For I, the Lord your God, grasp your right hand; Who says to you, "Fear not, I help you." Fear not, O worm of Jacob, the number of Israel; "I have helped you," says the Lord, and your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (Haftarah Lech Lecha)
Stone Edition Chumash: Commentary on Lech Lecha...
This Sidrah begins a new birth of mankind: the story of Abraham and his descendants. The first two thousand years from Creation were the Era of Desolation. Adam had fallen, Abel had been murdered, idolatry had been introduced to the world, ten dismal generations had been washed away by the Deluge, and the ten generations from Noah had failed [see Avos 5:2].
Abraham was born in the year 1948 from Creation. In the year 2000 - four years after the Dispersion and six years before the death of Noah - he started to influence disciples to serve Hashem. With the emergence of Abraham, the Era of Desolation had come to an end and the Era of Torah had begun (Avodah Zarah 9a).
With Abraham there began a profound change in the spiritual nature of mankind. The plan of Creation was for all human beings to have an equal share in fulfilling the Divine mission and for the Torah to be given to all mankind. But after twenty generations of failure, the privilege of being God's Chosen People was earned by Abraham and his offspring. They would receive the Torah and they would be in the vanguard of perfecting the world and bringing all people to accept the sovereignty of the One God [See Avos, ibid.; Derech Hashem].
In my August 3, 2023 blog post For This We Wait, I explained how the World Wars are each connected to one of the 3 Pillars of the Nation: WW1 - The Land of Israel; WW2 - The People of Israel; and WW3 will be over the Torah of Israel. They also correspond to the first three Exiles. (Go back and re-read it for the details,) Suffice to say that the primary aim of the Greek exile was to separate us from our Holy Torah.
One day, everyone will know that what happened on Simchat Torah was the opening shot of WW3. We are meant to make the connection to Torah and that is why I won't refer to it as anything other than the Simchat Torah Massacre or the Simchat Torah War. For me, it's not "October 7th" - that has no meaning for us. It's not even the Hebrew date. Again, they want to distance us from our culture and traditions.
The lesson we must learn is that we have not been faithful to our Torah and the World wants to destroy Torah and us - the keepers of the Torah - from the world using everything at hand including this Erev Rav regime. That's also why one of the main issues of this present conflict is whether yeshivah bachurim learning full time will leave the yeshivahs and take up guns, G-d forbid!! Even though full-time Torah learners are exempt from even a compulsory war.
Remember, history is not a straight line. It is a circle. When we were redeemed from Egypt, we went into the wilderness and received the Torah, confirming a covenant with HKB"H. This war is going to end with our redemption from world domination and the renewal of the covenant as we receive the Torah, not just in our minds but in our hearts as well. This is our ultimate goal. Please keep it uppermost in your thoughts and prayers:
Bring us back, our Father, to Your Torah, and bring us near, our King, to Your service, and influence us to return in perfect repentance before You. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who desires repentance. (Fifth Blessing of the Amidah Prayer - Repentance)
Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant.Not like the covenant that I formed with their forefathers on the day I took them by the hand to take them out of the land of Egypt, that they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, says the Lord.For this is the covenant that I will form with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will place My law in their midst and I will inscribe it upon their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people.And no longer shall one teach his neighbor or shall one teach his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will no longer remember. (Yirmiyahu 31:30-33)
...And he said, For there is a hand on the throne of the Eternal, that there shall be a war for the Lord against Amalek from generation to generation. (Shemot 17:16)Commentary (Rashi): For there is a hand on the throne of the Eternal: Heb. כִּי-יָד עַל כֵּס יָ-הּ.The hand of the Holy One, blessed be He, was raised to swear by His throne, to have a war and [bear] hatred against Amalek for eternity. Now what is the meaning of כֵּס [as opposed to כִּסֵא and also [why is] the Divine Name divided in half? [I.e., why is the Name יָ-הּ used instead of י-ה-ו-ה ?] [The answer is that] the Holy One, blessed be He, swore that His Name will not be complete and His throne will not be complete until the name of Amalek is completely obliterated. And when his name is obliterated, the Divine Name will be complete, and the throne will be complete, as it is said: “The enemy has been destroyed; swords exist forever (לָנֶצַח)” (Ps. 9:7); this [who they are referring to] is Amalek, about whom it is written: “and kept their fury forever (נֶצַח)” (Amos 1:11). "And You have uprooted the cities-their remembrance is lost" (Ps. 9:7) [i.e., Amalek’s obliteration]. What does it say afterwards? “And the Lord (וַיהוה) shall sit forever” (Ps. 9:8); thus [after Amalek is obliterated] the Name is complete. "He has established His throne (כִּסְאוֹ) for judgment" (Ps. 9:8). Thus the throne is complete [i.e., thus the throne, here spelled with an “aleph,” is now complete]. — [from Midrash Tanchuma, end of Ki Theitzei]
But look what happens when you combine the path of totality for the October 14, 2023 annular eclipse and the path of the upcoming April 8, 2024 total eclipse.