Sure, the seasonal temperatures here in Israel are hot, but that's not what I'm talking about. Every few minutes, there are jet planes overhead. The experienced ear recognizes that these are not maneuvers.
The political climate in the Middle East is getting hot, like a stove with all four burners turned up high. Consider this:
1. On Sunday June 18, a US Fighter jet knocked down a Syrian warplane.
2. Yesterday, Russia and Iran sent stiff warnings to the USA.
3. Yesterday, Iran - for the first time, launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles more than 600 kilometers into Syria.
4. Iran threatens Israel following the missile attack on Syria.
5. Today, 3PM Israel time: USA fighter jet downs Iranian-made Syrian drone within firing range of US troops.
You normally don't hear us talking about current events, unless there's a clear message of emuna and Geula withing them. What could be clearer? With Torah, you don't need Reuters, CNN, or Foxnews. Look at what this amazing excerpt of Midrash says:
“Rabbi Yitzchok said: ‘The year that King Messiah (Melech HaMoshiach) will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other. The King of Persia (Iran) will provoke the King of Arabia, and the King of Arabia will go to Edom (the USA; interestingly, the numerical value of Edom in Hebrew is 51, corresponding to the States of the USA including Puerto Rico) to take counsel, but the King of Persia will in turn, destroy the entire world. The nations of the world will be outraged and panicked. They will fall on their faces, and they will experience pains like birth pangs. Israel too will be outraged and in a state of panic and ask, where do we go? But say unto them, “My children, do not fear, the time of your redemption (Geulatchem) has come. (Yalkut Shimoni, Isaiah, 60:499)
In light of current events and the above Midrash, the Geula and Moshiach are really getting close. Sure, the Middle East is getting hot and without emuna, no one will be able to stand the heat. The Chattam Sofer says (Chattam Sofer commentary "Torat Moshe" on Genesis 28:11) that the Gemara uses the metaphor of "sun" for the Geula; that's what the third chapter of tractate Nedarim means when it says that when the time of Geula arrives, Hashem will remove the sun from its outer covering; the righteous will bask in it and the wicked will burn in it.
The righteous are those with emuna. Now's the time to strengthen our emuna and connection with Hashem - it beats air conditioning and sunscreen.