This post is in loving memory of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed and saintly memory, whose 15th yahrtzeit is today, 3 Tammuz.
Disclaimer: This post does not refer to those very special physicians - may G-d bless them - who observe The Almighty's commandments and refuse to perform abortions.
The Talmud in tractate Yevamos (pg. 63b) says, "[Moshiach] Ben David won't arrive until all the souls are depleted from the body."
Rashi, our 11th Century sage from Ashkenaz (Germany-France) and the most important Talmudic commentator of all times, explains this very cryptic passage. "Body," says Rashi, "is the name of a partition that separates the Schina (Divine presence) from the angels, which serves as the warehouse for all the souls that were created during the six days of creation, and that are destined to be given to bodies that will subsequently be created."
The above Talmudic passage teaches us that all the souls must assume bodily forms on earth before Moshiach can come. Even though unborn babies all possess divine souls (neshoma, since the unborn learn the entire Torah - oral, written, and esoteric - from an angel while in the mother's womb), the entire spiritual/soul complex that includes nefesh, ruach, and neshoma [basic vitality, spirit, and divine soul] all come together in the body momentarily before the baby is born (for further reference see Talmud in tractate Nida, pg. 30b; Tanya, first chapter; Eleph Hamagen, commentary on Mateh Efraim, intro. to laws of Rosh Hashonna; Sha'ar Hagilgulim, Seder knisas haneshoma). So, when for some reason the baby is not born, then the soul cannot leave "Body" (or 'Guf' in the original Hebrew), the heavenly warehouse for unborn souls. Until Guf is empty, Moshiach is delayed in arriving.
In light of the above Talmudic teachings, any person who performs, supports, assists, or encourages abortions is delaying the arrival of Moshiach with his or her own two hands.
I often wondered why the Talmud is so severe in its condemnation of doctors, when it says (tractate Kiddushin 82a), "the best of doctors are destined to Gehennom (purgatory)." When considering that in Israel alone, doctors perform over 20,000 abortions a year, then it's easy to understand why Moshiach is not yet being allowed to reveal himself. No, one does not receive a prize for contributing to the delay of Moshiach. Our sages in their infinite wisdom could see far into the future; that's why they said what they did about doctors.
So, if you'd like to lend a helping hand in bringing Moshiach as fast as possible, do what you can to fight against abortion in every way possible. I pray for your health, but if you ever need a doctor, I strongly suggest that you choose a physician who's opposed to abortion. A good physician recognizes the sanctity of human life.
"You must ask God persistently to be able to draw close to the true Tzaddik. Happy is the one who succeeds in drawing close to the true Tzaddik in his lifetime – happy is his lot! For after one dies it is very hard indeed to draw close. One must pray over and over again to come close to the true Tzaddik in one's lifetime. For the Evil One has made it his mission to confuse the world. Israel is very close to redemption now and people have tremendous longing for God, the like of which did not exist in earlier times. Everyone is longing for God. This is why the Evil One has craftily sown dissension among the Tzaddikim and established many false popular leaders. Even among the true Tzaddikim there are divisions, to the point that nobody knows where the truth is. This is why one must beg God to succeed in drawing close to the true Tzaddik" (Likutey Moharan II, 78).
When Israel is being threatened, we have to strengthen ourselves in two areas: In regard to Hashem, we have to strengthen our emuna and thank Him for everything - the good and seemingly otherwise. In regard to our fellow human, we have to look for and focus on his or her good points - that's what the song "Adraba" is all about:
If you feel down in the slightest way, simply sing along with the above melody: "Shiru Lo, zamru Lo, Sikhu bekhol nifla'osav" and you'll be a different, happier person within 90 seconds. Try it - it works. Have a wonderful Shabbat!
The day before yesterday my husband and I were listening to one of Emuna English CDs. I was in great need of strengthening my Emuna in one specific area of my life. Namely, by telling Torah's truths to my son, he broke contact with us, and consequentely we don't see our grandson. We didn't hear from him for the last two months, and I was doubting about own Emuna.
My husband and I listen at least 3 of your Cds each day. One of them touched me deeply, shaking my soul. Suddenly I decided "to negotiate" with Hashem and said : "Ok Father, I wantto believe in all that I hear, but would you be mad on me if I ask for a sign?" (I know we should not ask Hashem for a sign). And I was pondering the next few seconds for a sign, and continued by asking: "Will You please let our son call today"?
Five minutes later, the bell rang twice and luudly - "ding dong - ding dong!" My husband was out of the room at that moment, and I was convinced that the noise was coming from your CD, because sometimes we hear sirens and phones on the background. I yelled to my husband: "Where was that ding dong coming from, from Lazer"s CD?"
"No," he said, "it's our own bell." What? How come ? So I run to open the front door...
A man was standing outside , communicating with his hands, asking for Tzedakah. The man was deaf and dumb. I made a sing for him to wait, and run to my husband. "Where is your wallet?" I asked. He gave it to me and added - "Whatever you have in your heart, double it!" And that was exactly what I did.
You must be asking by now... where is Hashem in all this? Well we have two bells, one at the gate or the house, and another at the front door. The bell at the gate, lost both wires, and is completely disconnected. The bell at our front door has no batteries. Both bells are silent and and havn't worked for the last 5 years!
Nevertheless, we stopped the CD player, went outside, and kept pushing both buttons for the next 10 minutes - no sound at all!
The lesson was deep and a double one: The sound of the "ding dong" bell was a supernatural one, meant for us to hear only; for that reason, Hashem sent a deaf person. Since he was also dumb, I understood that Hashem was telling me, "How blessed you are Devorah, for being able to talk to Me, to pray, to do hitbodedut. You are able to praise Me with words.... look at this man at your door, he can't do any of this!" At the same time, He allowed us to do the great Mitzvah of Tzedakah! What a love and compassionate Father. Baruch Hashem!
Hashem is His infinite wisdom and mercy granted my request, by giving me a sign - His sign, not the one I asked for. I understood that the time has not yet come for our son to call, but B"H he will do soon, after doing Teshuvah! Amen!
No need to say that my Emuna is on the top of our priority scale now. What a marvellous G-D we have! Who am I to be honored by His visit? I felt humbled and full of joy at the same time! We are literally dancing all day, singing, clapping hands, and telling Hashem how much we love Him, thanks to your emuna CDs! We start our day with spiritual music, and that's the way I do my Hitbodedut in my backyard garden, between gorgeous flowers and the sound of praises. What a blessing!
May Hashem hear all our prayers and answer all our cries in the day we call! With fear and gratitute, DMS, Ramat HaGolan