If I were running for office or attempting to win a popularity contest, I wouldn't be writing this post. Many of our readers outside of Israel are not going to like this. But what can a person do if he doesn't like the weather? Bury his head in the ground? Close the curtains and say that there's no hurricane with killer winds outside? Once a person's house becomes flooded, the closed windows and curtains don't help anymore. There comes a time when one cannot escape the storm outside. Yet, once the storm is predicted, he doesn't sit with folded arms until it washes him away. He can get in the car or on a plane and move to a more amenable climate.
Don't forget that the inclement weather, as well as the inclement political climate, all come from Hashem and for a reason.
Be patient, I'm getting to the point. But first, I must preface and ask a question: Why are we so happy on Passover Seder night? Any 7-year-old will laugh and say, "What a dumb question! That's when Hashem took us out of slavery in Egypt!"
Is it such a dumb question when I show little 7-year-old Chaimk'e and his parents that in the three days that preceded our Exodus from Egypt in the Hebrew year of 2448 (1282 BCE), eight million Jews died, and that's according to the conservative figure. Some say it was 10 million. Rashi explains that only 1 out of 5 Jews left Egypt in the Exodus; the other 4 died during the three days of darkness. Since a minimum of 2 million left, that means that at least 8 million perished!
Why, therefore, do we not mourn during the three days that precede Pesach, and declare them as national Holocaust Days, when 33% more Jews died than during the entire six years of the Nazi Holocaust? Not only do we not mourn, we rejoice! What's going on?
Our sages rule that we do not mourn anyone who denies the Redemption and refuses to be a part of it, just as we don't mourn a heretic who denies the veracity of Moses's prophecy and the Torah (Rambam, Laws of Teshuva, 3:8, and other places). This notion is even anchored in The Code of Jewish Law (see Shulchan Oruch, Yora Deah 345:5; Mishna Berura on Orach Chaim 126:1, letter b). Moses, in the Name of Hashem, told the Children of Israel to arise, we must quickly leave Egypt. 80% didn't listen to him. They paid a steep price but we don't mourn for them. They had become used to Egypt and had no desire - despite what Hashem wanted - to leave Egypt. Even though they were slaves, they liked the Egyptian culture, music, pastimes and food. Moses said no, we must go to our Promised Land. Egypt is not our home.
Moses's voice saying, "We must go to our Promised Land", echoes through all of our history.
The periodic "Golden Ages" of our Diaspora have always been followed by calamity. The Golden Age of Jewry in the Iberian Peninsula culminated in 1492, when the horrendous Inquisition began. Jews were either killed, exiled or forcefully converted to Catholicism. The Golden Age of German and Eastern European Jewry ended in Hitler's Holocaust.
There is only one, true Golden Age in Judaism, and that's when our exiles return home, Moshiach comes and our Holy Temple is rebuilt.
Hashem wants to redeem His people but in the meanwhile, He won't until they come home. The sand of that "meanwhile" keeps is emptying out from the top of that 2,000 year hourglass. When a certain date comes according to Hashem's timeline, He won't wait anymore and Moshiach will come whether we like it or not or whether we're here in Israel or not.
Rav Yehuda Zev, of saintly and blessed memory, lived through the Nazi Holocaust. He witnessed the slaughter of his parents, his siblings and his fiance. He never had children because of the torture that the satanic Nazis did to his body. He did not take the word "Holocaust" lightly - he lived through it and experienced it on his own flesh and in his own heart in the most excruciatingly painful way. Though scarred, completely, inside and out, he was a tzaddik of perfect emuna and not bitter in the slightest. He knew that everything was from Hashem. Yet, with all his heart, he did everything to prevent another Holocaust. He didn't want Moshiach to come if the price would be tragic.
A tzaddik of Rav Yehuda Zev's caliber has 20/20 spiritual vision because nothing in this world can fool, sway or tempt him. No wonder he was so accurate in predicting the Arab Spring and Bibi's inability to attack Iran as we wrote on our No Go post from this past Friday.
A movie clip has now become public, where Rabbi Aharon Stern shlit'a from Bnai Brak, who was Rabbi Yehuda Zev's personal attendant, reveals the tzaddik's third prediction and says: "Before his death, Rav Leibowitz told me that the anti-Semitism in the United States is only going to continue to grow, until it gets to the point where the Jews will be forced to flee. They must come to Israel soon; if they wait too long, they'll be lucky to exit with the shirt on their backs...come soon, the Redemption will be here in the Land of Israel, not anywhere else." In case anyone doubts the veracity and authenticity of the quote, at the bottom of this post is the vid in Hebrew where you can see Rav Stern saying this (see minutes 2:48-3:40).
Hashem wants to redeem us, so He wants us all here. But what about those who for any number of reasons can't come now? What about those with joint custody on children from a previous marriage or those with an elderly parent? (Plug in your own reason...)
Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a says that even if you can't come now, you can do 2 things:
1) Pray daily for Aliya, so that you too can come home to the Land of Israel;
2) Spread emuna far and wide, in any way you can. This will protect you in the meanwhile, because the spread of emuna is also needed to expedite Geula, the full redemption of our people, speedily and in our days, amen!