Emuna News brings you the news from its Source, from He who makes the news. We say every morning in our Shacharit prayers, "He alone does mighty deeds and makes the news." What do Hashem's prophets have to say about the removal of all the statues now happening in US cities? And before Charlottesville, who would ever believe that Southern states in the USA would willingly dismantle confederate statues? Hear this:
"Of what avail has the graven image that its maker has carved, the molten images or teacher of falsehood?" (Habakkuk 2:18)
And their fate, that they will disappear into nothingness:
"Molten images from their silver, according to their design, the work of craftsmen...they shall become like the morning cloud, the dew that departs, like chaff that is blown from the threshing floor and like the smoke from a skylight...I am Hashem...there is no savior but Me." (Hosea 13:2-4)
Isaiah is even more specific, and adds what happens to the national leaders who want to keep the statues: the prophet chastises the nation for making statues and worshiping them like a god and then castigates the people for not seeking the One and Only Creator, saying, "Do you not realize? Have you not heard...Have you not contemplated the foundations of the earth...it is He Who spreads the heavens like a thin curtain and stretches them like a tent to dwell in. It is He Who turns governors into nothingness, Who makes judges of the land into naught" (Isaiah 40:18-23). No wonder the White House can't seem to do anything right lately...
If that's not enough, Isaiah 24:21 tells us that as we arrive toward the full Redemption, when Hashem will reveal Himself to all, He rids the world of the idols.
One thing Trump is right about: "...who's next, Washington, Jefferson?" he tweeted. Yes, maybe they should be knocked down too. Look what the Smithsonian Institution writes: "Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist, incapable of rising above the thought of his time and place, and willing to profit from slave labor." Jefferson was a man of words, not deeds. The article goes on to tell how he bombed on women's rights and on the rights of Native Americans. George Washington was a slaveholder as well, although unlike Jefferson, he freed them before he died.
See what we pray for on Rosh Hashanah (Musaf, "Vaye'etayu" prayer): "And they shall leave their idols. And they shall bury their statues...and they will recognize the power of Your monarchy...and they will accept the yoke of Your kingship upon them." Let's hope that the dismantling of the statues in the USA is a prelude to the full Redemption, may it come soon, amen!
Be sure to see our interview with Rabbi Shalom Arush, where he provides us with his outlook on current events, this coming Sunday - don't miss it. Meanwhile, blessings for a lovely Shabbat!