As we move back to ‘semi’ normal life, Hashem is watching closely to see if we learned our lesson.
You could be forgiven for thinking ‘everything is going back to normal’. It certainly looks like that on the surface, but really?
Hashem is giving us a mid-term exam, to see if we learned the lesson of the recent Coronavirus ‘pandemic’, and to make the appropriate teshuva.
Some of that teshuva could include:
- Making plans ASAP to move to Israel, as soon as the skies open up next week
- Making some real teshuva on all our arrogance, and tendency to gossip and judge other people harshly
- Working on our mitzvot bein adam l’havero – and again, let me underline this WITH A BIG RED PEN, that the first and main place to look with this is our kids, and especially our teenagers. More on this in a moment.
- Making some effort to rectify all the gossip and slander we participated in with regard to Rabbi Berland. More on this in a moment, too.
Most of us still have our work cut out for us, and God gave us a taste of what ‘the end of the world’ really looks like, minus all the pie-in-the-sky pretend-Jewish Disney-style cack about magic carpets flying all those good Jews – and their big houses and expensive cars – to Israel as soon as Moshiach shows up.
That’s just not how it’s going to happen.
Things are going to get hairy again, that’s not me talking, it’s Rav Pinto, who has successfully ‘predicted’ a whole bunch of things in recent months, and is now calling for an earthquake followed by a war.
Rav Kanievsky also said that Corona was a gift from Hashem, to encourage Jews to move to Israel to avoid the war of Gog and Magog that’s about to break out in chutz l’aretz.
But then, we have Rav Berland who said that the wars will only be in 200 years, and who is currently suffering so much in prison, where they are withholding even the basic things like a change of clothing, or medicine, and who even knows what they are *actively* trying to do to harm him.
Today, one of the biggest rabbis in Israel made a public statement that the State of Israel ‘has decreed a death sentence against Rabbi Berland.’
He’s calling for a peaceful protest to take place, and for every Jew to take to the streets to protest – totally within the law, of course – until the government releases the Rav. I just got sent this over email:
We will all be gathering at the kever of the Shlah Hakadosh erev rosh chodesh Sivan to pray for the Rav and from there will we show our support with a peaceful demonstration outside Tzalmon prison where the tzaddik is being held.
This Thursday May 21
Buses leaving Jerusalem from Shivtei Yisrael at 3pm (reservation required 0583255645)
Mincha at the Shelah at 6pm
Maariv, Tikun Hakali and show of support at 8:30pm
Buses returning to Jerusalem at 10:00pm
Everyone is welcome to join from anywhere in the country
Cost of buses one person per seat as per the Health Ministries instructions is 100 shekel round trip
We are looking for sponsors to subsidize this cost
“Our strength is only through prayer”
I plan on going, BH.
Not on the bus, but up in the car.
Why am I making all that effort, in this horrible heatwave, to take a 5 hour round trip just to stand outside a prison reading the tikkun haklali?
- I’m trying to do what that big Rav said, and to protest Rav Berland’s totally unjust and cruel incarceration.
- I am providing myself – and my family – with some spiritual ‘life insurance’ for the next birth pang, that is going to show up soon enough, make no mistake about it.
During this whole Coronavirus thing, it was so blindingly obvious to me that the people who were more with Rav Berland, and working on their emuna and emunat tzaddikim, came through this whole episode with way less suffering than everyone else.
For example, I heard stories of how Breslov families living in Uman were all hit by ‘Coronavirus’, but the ones who were close to the Rav all came through with minimum disruption and very mild symptoms, while those families who were ‘anti’ the Rav suffered tremendously, in many different ways.
And I saw that playing out in my own life, too.
Midda kneged midda, the people who believed the lying media about Rav Berland also believed the lying media about the fake ‘pandemic’ too, and have gone through – and continue to go through – months of sheer panic and self-inflicted suffocation inside their super-duper KN95 masks.
Whereas those people who were with the Rav had a lot of siyatta de’shmya to see through all the hype and fearmongering, and to continue walking outside as much as possible, and to breathe fresh air as much as possible, and to continue ‘normal life’ as much as possible, baruch Hashem.
From my own life, I have no idea how my husband’s parnassa has held up as well as it has during this ‘pandemic’ except to tell you that I think it’s a present from shemayim for being so vocally behind the Rav.
So, I’m heading off to Tzalmon to demonstrate, because I want that spiritual protection to continue, and to continue to shelter under the Tzaddik’s wings when the next round of ‘interesting’ shows up.
Because make no mistake, it’s already on its way.
This ‘normal’ is just a breathing space, a chance for all of us to action all the teshuva we swore we would make when we thought the world was ending imminently.
And on that front, I just want to end with one more thought about bein adam l’havero, and how that relates to our teenagers and kids.
The last three months, we’ve all been living in close quarters with our kids and families. God did that on purpose, so we would be forced to look our relationship blind spots straight in the face, and actually try to fix all that stuff that is broken.
You really want to make some serious teshuva?
Ask your teenagers and grown up kids to rate your performance over the last few months, and pay careful attention to what they tell you.
Were you panicking your bottom off about Corona, and forcing everyone to ‘self-isolate’ for 8 solid weeks and to wear facemasks 24/7?
Were you using the whole ‘pandemic’ thing as an excuse to get your kids back under your thumb, and to start controlling their every move again?
Did you empathise when your kids hit the skids and couldn’t get out of bed because they were suffering from social withdrawal, fear and yeoush, or did you just angrily criticise them for being lazy do-nothings?
If you really want to take this up a level, you can also ask your spouse to rate your recent performance, too.
Were you more giving, or more taking the last few months?
Did you make an effort for the people in your life, to try to smooth as many of the rough edges of the ‘Corona Pandemic Experience’ as you could, or did you expect other people to make your life easier?
Were you grateful for all the kindnesses Hashem continued to shower on you, during this whole experience?
I could go on (and on and on) but you get the idea.
We all have some serious teshuva to make, and God is giving us this quiet time to action it.
I hope we’ll use this time wisely.
Because every small action we make know is going to decide what happens next, both in personal space, and in the world at large.
And the stakes continue to be very large.
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