Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev
Parshat Breishit: Never Satisfied

Wave of Terror in Israel

Carrying the Load
In light of the extremely tense security situation here in Israel and the recent wave of terror attacks, people are searching for solutions and many are demanding that the government adopt drastic measures. Woe to he who trusts in the government.

Today on Radio Kol Berama, my beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a gave an hour-long spiritual assessment of the current situation. He reiterated a salient point that the holy Chofetz Chaim osb"m said some 85 years ago before he left this physical earth - there is no political, military, economic or any other solution to the War of Gog and Magog. So what does one do in the face of imminent danger? We take the advice of King David, which we said every day during Succoth when we were reciting Hallel: "Israel, trust in Hashem!" (Psalm 115:9). The Chofetz Chaim stressed that during the War of Gog and Magog as well as during the tribulations that precede Moshiach's imminent arrival, there is no physical ploy or method to avoid stern judgments from Above. So what can we do?

There's plenty to do, says Rav Shalom:

1. First, we strengthen ourselves in emuna. Everyone believes that there's Hashem in the world, but few believe that Hashem does everything for the very best, which constitutes true emuna.

2. Second, we must remind ourselves of Hashem's love for us, remembering the amazing miracles that He did for us in 1967 and 1973, when the Arab nations united to wipe us off the map, when Sadaam Hussein rained SCUD missiles all over us in 1991 and all through recent years till today. We must daily thank Hashem for our national salvations and our private salvations. Personally, were it not for a rapid series of miracles that Hashem did for me in a no-way-out combat situation, I wouldn't be alive today. Think about your own miracles and take nothing for granted. Thank Hashem constantly.

3. Those who don't yet observe the Sabbath should begin immediately. Those who observe Sabbath should strengthen their knowledge of the laws of Sabbath.

4. One should ponder Hashem constantly and speak to Him as much as possible.

5. One should encourage others to learn and strengthen emuna.

Why are the finest people getting stabbed and becoming martyrs? Hashem is trying to wake us all up. He wants us to return to Him wholeheartedly, for our own benefit. Hashem has no joy from making us suffer; He would much prefer that we strengthen ourselves in emuna and in teshuva on our own accord. Hashem has no gratification from the  injuries and deaths of His beloved children, yet He has wonderful gratification from every person who calls His Name and gets closer to Him.

We now have a very clear choice: either we accept the yoke of Hashem or suffer more stern judgments, Heaven forbid. Before you continue choosing immodesty and debauchery to modesty and morality, web-surfing over Torah learning or playing golf on Shabbat to observing the Shabbat, stop and think if you are acting in a responsible manner toward yourself, your family and the Jewish People...

Moshiach and Geula are fast on the way; the world is changing every moment and nothing is predictable. We too must change, for the better. I promise you, we'll all be happier and we'll see Hashem's miracles with our own eyes. Meanwhile, we'll continue to serve Hashem, build and thrive in our holy homeland with emuna, and not with fear of anyone but Hashem. Ein Od Milvado!

 

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Leah

Amen

Miriam Sara

Shalom Aleichem everyone.

Baruch Dayan haemes ๐Ÿ˜“ and refua shleima to those who are recovering from stabbings and deep sorrow.

I am in perpetual shock and at times get frustrated when I see everyone trasnistionong smoothly in this situation. My shock is expressed in that I want to press freeze or rewind or believe that reality isn't reality but I'm here B"H waking up daily, functioning .... Business as usual.๐Ÿ˜“

I am explaining I take seriously what has happened. I feel it. It hurts so bad. It's a nightmare. I spontaneously cry in shul during shabbos davening .... No word to smooth this reality..... Only committed action and surrender to this must be what Hashem wants. I don't need to scream it from the rooftops but I do choose to be a Bas Yisroel and and a composed example representing a drop of emu a and bitachon.

R'Brody you remind us again of fundamentals and illustrate well in the comic what we all believe eventhough we have no control of the outcome.

Ain od milvado....

I get this.... I daven now for Hashem to please show us he is here and cares. How much more does Hashem need to see to recognize he has all of our attention focused on his will?

He made this word and loves all people but says we are beloved to him. Well the timing is right for Berashis.... Avraham searching for Hashem as a toddler.... Back to basics to learn the struggle we have today goes back a few thousand years.

Hatzlacha rabba everyone and may the Almighty, Hashem, merciful G-d, watch over you and bless you and protect you, amen.

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