Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Dash to Redemption in 5776

The Lubavitcher Rebbe inaugurated 1990 as the “year of miracles”. Since then we saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union, bringing Communism to a halt without one shot fired; The takedown of the Berlin Wall; The miraculous Persian Gulf War where 39 Scud missiles fired into Israel from Iraq killed nobody, this when just one Scud missile killed scores of American soldiers stationed in Saudi Arabia; As well as a significant reduction of nuclear proliferation by the superpowers - ;“and they will turn their swords into plowshares”. (Isaiah 2:4).

Another not small miracle becoming apparent is the coming demise of the Islamic world. The whole world now has an open window to the cruelty and depravity of Islamic culture, where over 50 Muslim countries have zero to show in terms of success or advancement since the Middle Ages. Islam is still eating dust. It looks like Arab borders will soon disintegrate entirely; Whereas once you had Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, etc., ever since the “Arab Spring” it seems these borders will soon disappear, leaving behind havoc and anarchy. So the world will see, if not acknowledge, that this Jew-hating culture is and always was morally destitute.

We are watching the unfolding of Isaiah’s prophecy “I will instigate Egyptian against Egyptian, brethren against brethren and peer, city against city, kingdom against kingdom” (19:2), where Muslim enemies of the Jews swallow each other up, as Israel sits with arms crossed watching the show (thank God!).

The World War of Gog & Magog is pressing full-steam ahead while generally Jews remain and will remain untouched, as the Rebbe prophesied in 1980! (link)

The Arab chaos recently shifted into higher gear with the sudden onset of “Isis”, to accelerate the process.

Recall what Torah says of the Muslim (Yishmael): “He will be a human maniac; He will impose on every nation, and then every nation will be against him.” (Gen. 16:12) Torah tells us about this - that when Yishmael ultimately falls, Israel will finally rise. (eg, Baal HaTurim; Gen.25:18)

That is, before their fall, Muslims will become a gigantic threat across civilization. The tsunami of Muslims invading Europe may just be God’s payback to that continent where Jewish blood spilled like water. In an ironic twist, we see how today’s virulent anti-Semites now have Germans and other past supporters of Hitler as bedfellows.

This while waves of Jewish immigrants, mostly from invaded Europe, are flying to Israel.

And, while most Western countries have been thrown into economic distress, little Israel is finding gas and diamonds, building military prowess (eg. “Iron-Dome” technology, drones), and pushing forward full of vigor. (Even as domestic Muslims and queer sympathizers do their utmost to destroy the country from within.)

In summary, we are witnessing God promise in Torah coming true: As per the words of Bilam, “The Jewish nation will by itself prevail, without kowtowing to other nations”. (Numbers 23:9)  Despite prevalent and rising anti-Semitism in the West, in the U.N. and elsewhere, the Jewish people have a loyal shepherd in Hashem protecting them, taking His People to redemption.

We’ve turned the corner of exile, now dashing headlong to the Era of Ultimate Redemption. Soon we’ll dance with Moshiach in the streets of Yerushalyim, may it happen NOW, amen!

(Of course, if your perspective derives through the prism of “Nature”, then of course you will remain distraught about the “natural” threats of missiles, ISIS, tunnels, cyber attacks, etc. However, in contradistinction, trust in the Rebbe’s words and in Hashem’s Torah renders an alternate, very bright perspective.)


  1. What's with that flag, Meir?

  2. Not sure of why not. I don't support "zionism" if it means the perspective of, say, a Herzl, nor do I support the view of those who want secularism as their ideal, nor those who want a two-state "solution", or those who begrudge "settlers" - whom I love.

    To me it's just a symbol that dates back to King David (I think, but have no real idea of this idea's authenticity).

  3. The year 5740 was the first time that Lag Baomer parades took place around Israel. One of the cities where the event took place was the city of Yoqneam in Israel. In line with the Rebbe’s view about Zionism, the organizers did not wave any Israeli flags during the parade.
    A few months after the parade, Mrs. Tziporah Amit, the director of the local school, wrote a long letter to the Rebbe, asking (among other questions), why there was no Israeli flag during the parade. The Rebbe responded to her letter at length, and as a postscript the Rebbe wrote:
    “P.S. Regarding what you wrote about the fact that Israeli flags were not waved during the above mentioned parade, and asked what the reason is.

    You are surely aware that there is a directive to all Chabad Askanim and activists to try to spread Judaism, Torah and Mitzvos as much as possible, to all Jews without involving any politics or partisan affiliations, and definitely not to get involved in aspects of Machlokes, or anything else which might prevent someone from adding Torah and Mitzvos – You are surely aware that there are various groups that, for various reasons, will not participate in a Lag Baomer parade where an Israeli flag is waved, and why should we alienate many Jewish children [from participating]?

    I strongly hope that after you review the abovementioned, you will not only understand the reason for said behavior, but will also be able to explain it to those who ask you about it.

    I would like to add an important point, that you are surely aware of, and follow it in her work in the field of education, and that is a basic rule of education – that an educator tries to direct all his focus and that of the students to the focal point which is being transmitted to those being educated, without distracting them with other ideas, whichever they may be, even if they are beneficial…”

  4. Inasmuch as it is necessary to form a cohesive love between ALL Jews, and inasmuch as the Rebbe himself abstained from showing the flag in the L'ag Ba'Omer parade, I too shall heed the Rebbe's suggestion and will have replaced the flag with another image by the time you read this.

    Thanks Yaakov for the heads up.

  5. A chosid hears the Rebbe's words and does without delay.