The last couple of weeks, Rav Berland has been talking about an earthquake hitting Israel.
In particular, the Haifa area, near the ‘Stella Maris’ Monastery, where the xtian church took over the grave of Elisha the prophet and have been barring access to frum Jews in recent months.
Speaking a couple of weeks ago, the Rav made a comment that there will be an earthquake after Rosh Hashana.
Then he segued back into what he’s said in the past, that we are totally forbidden from touching any churches and mosques.
The implication appearing to be that God will make them fall down, all by themselves, without any help from people.
At this stage of the game, the Rav is pretty much the only person I pay attention to, when it comes to ‘predictions’.
He was talking about earthquakes in the same manner a few weeks before that massive quake hit Turkey, back on February 6 – which was ‘meant’ for Israel, but got moved a few hundred miles to Ankara instead.
Ankara was one of the main centres of so-called ‘Pauline xtianity’, where the Torah got trashed and villified, and the Jews cast as the permanent ‘villain’ in the whole made-up religion concocted by the Romans to turn the Jewish urge for Moshiach and geula permanently against them.
Yesterday, it was Morocco’s turn.
With the epicentre close to Marrakesh.
The Jews of Morocco had it better than many other countries, in many ways – but there was still tremendous discrimination, violence and anti-semitism in Morocco.
My father’s family is from there, and it seems my grandfather, who was a shochet, was murdered by his Arab ‘helpers’ who wanted to steal his kosher stamps.
He was bundled out the back of a moving car and died a couple of days later.
So on the one hand, there is tremendous loss of life occurring in Morocco now, and that is always sobering and upsetting.
But at the same time, to not lose sight of the fact that nothing happens ‘for nothing’, and that Hashem is the Cause of all Causes.
And it seems that Hashem is starting to pay down some of those ‘old debts’ accumulated over the centuries, and the old mosques and churches are bearing the brunt:
One more thing that comes to mind about Morocco.
My brother in the States told me last week that he was looking into doing a ‘Sukkot program’ in Morocco this year with his family.
Since Morocco normalised ties with the State of Israel last year, it seems that ‘Jewish tourism’ is going through the roof there, in so many ways.
But if you track the most popular destinations for Israeli tourists – which includes places like Turkey, Greece and now Morocco – you’ll see that all of these places are being hit with absolutely devastating natural disasters.
And then we have Uman.
These days, Uman has also been ‘closed down’ as a ‘stam holiday’ destination.
Today, it’s returned to being a place you go for sincere reasons based on fulfilling the words of a true Tzaddik, who requested his followers to be by his grave for Rosh Hashana, for exalted spiritual reasons that most of us are a million miles away from ever really grasping a tiny part of.
But what’s amazing, is that I heard on the grapevine that this year, they are expecting 50,000 people for Rosh Hashana.
That’s double the 27,000 that made it out last year, almost exclusively from Eretz Yisrael.
And it made me very happy to hear that so many people are overcoming their fears to go and be by Rabbenu for Rosh Hashana 5784.
Stuff is definitely starting to move in the world.
Remember, what Rabbenu taught us about how to survive the ‘shaking of the world’:
In Sichos HaRan (translated into English as ‘Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom’, by the Breslov Research Institute), Rebbe Nachman tells us the following:
“It’s written about the time of Moshiach (Job 38:13): ‘To grasp the ends of the earth and shake the wicked from it’. However, one who comes close to a true Tzaddik, [he] can grab hold of him, and not be cast off. When we hold on to the Tzaddik, we can stay firm.”
I live very close to the fault line that runs through Jerusalem, that is meant to ‘cleave’ Har Zeitim in two, when geula really starts to happen.
That’s kind of disconcerting.
So, I am doing my best to stay ‘grabbing on’ to a true Tzaddik, while the world continues to shake all around us.
On that note, one more thing:
If you haven’t already, consider doing a pre Rosh Hashana ‘pidyon nefesh’.
Here is Rav Ofer Erez, with English subtitles, from 2017, explaining more about that:
I’m sure he’s doing a pidyon in Uman before Rosh Hashana this year too – HERE is his website:
Or, you can do it with Shuvu Banim, HERE.
Give whatever you can afford, it doesn’t have to be the suggested amount (although clearly, if you are feeling like you are under a lot of harsh judgements, donating 5p as a pidyon is not going to do much to sweeten that…. it’s our ‘money’ instead of our ‘blood’.)
And may we just hear good news.
PS: I had an email from one of my C**N watching readers last week that they had turned back on, and things were going crazy in the world again.
That same day, I had another email from another reader telling me they’ve noticed an uptick in people dropping dead from heart attacks again….
Maybe, all this is just a CO-IN-CID-ENCE.
But maybe it isn’t.
Either way, God is behind it all, and He for sure wants our sincere teshuva heading into 5784.
It’s going to be a big year.
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