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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Messiah's times: A special message for my Jewish (especially Orthodox Jewish) readers

I've been meaning to pass this along for several days, but I only had it in an email. A comment earlier this evening from someone wondering why 'frumme yidden' (religious Jews) would be passing along material from Fox News, and accusing me of parroting the Republican party and the Likud party prompted me to go find it.

Some people don't realize just how serious the situation here potentially might be is. I'd like to pass on a lecture that was given last Tuesday night by Rabbi Moshe Wolfson of Congregation Emunas Yisroel in Boro Park, Brooklyn (New York). It was originally published in HaModia's English language version (Hat Tip: Dani K). I found it online here. With apologies to those who don't speak Yeshivishe redt....
Harav Moshe Wolfson, shlita, spoke Tuesday night in a rare mid-week assembly for his kehillah, Emunas Yisroel in Boro Park, asking bluntly why there is no greater uproar within the community over the potential for war over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"Why are we quiet? Where is the awakening? Why is everyone so apathetic?" asked Rav Wolfson, who is also mashgiach of Yeshivah Torah Vodaath. "Everyone is busy with narishkeiten, we don't hear the alarm? We don't know that we have to pierce the heavens for rachamim from the Ribbono Shel Olam?"

Rav Wolfson told the packed beis medrash of nearly 1,000 people that the potential for a war encompassing Iran, Israel, Europe and the United States over the next few weeks is a real one, and Klal Yisrael must prepare itself spiritually.

"Everyone knows that there is currently a growing danger from Iran - and it is a great error for whoever does not know this," Rav Wolfson said. "Why should a Yid not know what is happening to [other] Yidden? Everyone must know what is happening in regard to other Yidden. Everyone must know what is happening in Eretz Yisrael."

Rav Wolfson began talking this past Shabbos about the dangers from the Iran crisis, when he stopped and said that it was not a subject to discuss on Shabbos. He said he would continue the topic during the week. The last time he called for a special asifah during the week to discuss current events was in 1991, prior to the Gulf War.

Rav Wolfson started his address, which was carried live by Kol Halashon, with the famous Rambam, who writes that it is a mitzvah to daven during troubled times. "If you don't daven," the Rambam says, "then it is a cruelty, since it will get worse."

"The leader in Iran says clearly - he repeated it this week - that he wants to kill, Rachmana litzlan, every Yid in the world, just like Haman," Rav Wolfson said. "If he will be successful, chas v'shalom, in getting the nuclear bomb - and experts says he will have it by the summer - it will be a great danger for Klal Yisrael."

"A good part of the world's Jews live in Israel, and the government there says that they will attack Iran first, before they could get the nuclear bomb. If that happens, everyone knows that that will cause a world war."

Rav Wolfson said that he heard that Harav Yosef Rosenblum, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivah Shaarei Yosher, spoke recently about the crisis with Iran - he said that during this eis tzarah, "Hashem is judging us on every klal and on every prat."

Rav Wolfson quoted the Pesikta, who says that the year when Moshiach will come all nations will battle each other. The spark that will set it off, according to the Medrash, will be when the king of Paras - which is modern-day Iran - will threaten "Arabia," presumably Saudi Arabia, such as is happening today.

Arabia will go for an alliance with Edom - the culture of Edom is today's Western world, Europe and United States. Paras will then destroy the world and the Yidden will be thrown into turmoil. Hashem will then say: "Do not fear, the time for your Geulah has come."

Rav Wolfson noted how eerily similar this Medrash is to what is occurring today.
"We don't have to be in a panic," Rav Wolfson said, "Hashem will perform miracles for us. But efsher takeh. Maybe the time for the Geulah has arrived. We must prepare for the Geulah."
Read the whole thing.



At 10:23 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Why no comment on the supreme courts fiat decision of declaring the Tal Law unconstitutional in a state that has no constitution

At 6:56 AM, Blogger in the vanguard said...

Meaning no disrespect, but cannot help ask, was he not preparing for Moshiach until now? After all, out tefillot are full of references to the geulah, some 35% of every tefillah, 3 times a day, and every time we bentsch. So what happened until now?


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