Does all this ‘taking the knee‘ stuff sound familiar to you?
Cos it sure as heck sounds familiar to me.
In biblical times, whenever the nation of Israel was going to go out to war, there would be a selection process whereby those that had ‘knelt to the Baal’ were disqualified for service.
Like, what happened in ancient Egypt during the 10 plagues, when the nation’s idols were destroyed one after another – except for the Baal Tzafon, that was left standing right until the end?
We appear to be in the middle of a modern day 10 plagues.
Over the last week or so, there have been a series of 6.0+ earthquakes fanning out across the globe.
Dutchsinse got taken off the internet, because the powers that be didn’t want him educating the population about how geomagnatic phenomena and seismicity really works, so I can’t give you any ‘predictions’ for a big one, at least not from him.
But, I guess I don’t have to, because Rabbi Pinto told us many weeks ago that a big earthquake is coming soon:
The kabbalists have told us that we are now in the middle of the 9 months of the ‘foreign rule’ that precedes Moshiach’s coming.
It’s all happening, folks.
One last thought for today, then I have to get on with finishing another book project for the Rav, BH.
There’s a big discussion going on about aliya right now, given the mounting violence etc we are witnessing worldwide, and the fact that orthodox Jews are now being stabbed in the head in London, etc.
I live in Israel. I’ve struggled to live in Israel, financially, and socially, and in many other ways, too.
But I still know that living in Israel is 100% a gift from Hashem, and that when people are ‘stopped’ from making aliya, it’s because they are the subject of large spiritual judgments, above.
I’m not here because I have more emuna, more foresight, more bravery, more wisdom than anyone else.
I’m here because God decided to give me and my family a gift 16 years ago, and to push us out of the UK and into the Holyland.
For me to think that I somehow got here under my own steam, or because of my own spiritual merit is totally laughable. I was really not such a nice person when we made aliyah, and my emuna was practically non-existent. We got here because God basically scared the pants off me via a series of nightmares, and then helped me to buy a much bigger house here, than I could have afforded in the UK at that time.
There was a very big carrot, and a very big stick.
What there wasn’t, was a person with great middot or a burning desire to move to Israel for spiritual reasons.
I can’t claim any credit for moving here, it was all God’s doing.
I guess what I’m really trying to say is that if God could get me to Israel, then He can certainly do that for everyone else, too.
All this upheaval is a present, to clear away the judgments that have been preventing Jews from coming to Israel.
The single best way to help people to make aliya – including ourselves! – is to:
- Make some sincere teshuva
- Connect to the true tzaddikim, and their Torah and advice, including Rebbe Nachman and Rav Berland.
No-one got out of Egypt without Moshe Rabbenu.
And no-one got into Eretz Israel if they were still bad-mouthing other Jews, speaking badly of them, and going against the Tzaddik HaDor.
I’ve written about this subject elsewhere, below, I’ll attach a few posts on the subject.
But let me end with this snippet from Rabbenu, which goes to the heart of the question of whether moving to Israel and living here is really enough, to be ‘saved’ from the chevlei Moshiach all by itself:
The motive for making the journey to Eretz Yisrael should be purely spiritual: to draw closer to God. A person who goes there with this as his aim will certainly benefit….On the other hand, if a person’s motive has nothing to do with devotion to God and cleansing himself of his evil, then what help will Israel be to him? The land will vomit him out…
I am sure that there will still be an opportunity for people to move here, even though most of us still haven’t woken up to the unpleasant fact that the State of Israel has closed its borders to Jews abroad – and from what I can see, this seems to be part of a deliberate strategy to stop people making aliya.
Otherwise, why not just test anyone who flies here for Corona first, why not just put them up in the empty hotels and Air BnBs for 2 weeks of quarantine?
As that Cypriot billionaire showed us all last week, where this is a will to get people into Israel, there was always a way, even at the height of the lockdown here.
The Rav said many months ago that people will come on boats – and I don’t think he was referring to private yachts.
He’s talking about luxury liners that can hold thousands of people. At some point, the penny will drop, and Jews abroad will realise that every word the Rav says should be explored in total seriousness.
But even if that’s not the case, and people don’t make it here – God has a plan for them.
As long as someone is working on coming closer to God, and working on their emuna that whatever God does, it’s for the best, ultimately they will end up in a good place. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting to Israel, or even coming through the whole process alive.
There are no guarantees for anyone, wherever they happen to live, except this:
If we accept God’s will for us with emuna, then whatever happens down here, live or die, aliya or not, our souls will end up in a very, very good place.
And that’s really the whole point, hard as that can be for us to swallow.
We all remember the stories of the chassidim in World War II who danced into the gas chambers, because they knew that their souls were going straight to the highest places in shemayim.
And we all remember those reshaim in Israel, all those Labour Zionists, and others, who survived the war and even held prestigious jobs running the country for decades.
Where did their souls end up?
So, take courage dear reader. Wherever you live, you can continue to do God’s will sincerely, and if you get the chance to move here – take it! And if you don’t, your emuna is what is really going to count, at the end of the day.
Rav Berland has explained more than once that we all have to die before techiat hametim can occur, even if just for a second.
So trust God, remember that the SOUL is what really matters, not the body, and get as close as you can to Rav Berland and Rebbe Nachman’s Torah.
Because no-one got out of Egypt and into the Holy Land unless they were following Moshe Rabbenu and listening to the Tzaddik HaDor
Even if they already happened to live in Israel.
I just noticed something interesting:
Black Lives Matter = BLM.
There is nothing new under the sun.