26 June 2020

Reb Neuberger on the Parsha and the Situation – Approaching July 5, 2020

Dear Friends, please pardon the strong words in this article. They represent my assessment of the current situation. I feel it is my responsibility to be forthright.

On July 5, 2020, the story begins in my book “2020 Vision.”

As we near that date, conditions in the United States have deteriorated to a point at which, in my humble opinion, it is no longer a safe place to live.

In this week’s Parsha,[1] Korach rebels against Moshe Rabbeinu. In truth, it is absurd to rebel against someone who is clearly chosen by Hashem to lead the Nation, but ego blinds a person to the truth, and so Korach creates a fabrication through which he tries to justify his mission. He is so overwhelmed by his desire that he speaks with conviction. Complaints often find a ready audience. National hysteria takes over, as it had during the incident of the Golden Calf. Brilliant and exalted people lose their sanity.

A similar phenomenon is now occurring, lehavdil, in the United States and the Western World in general. Hysteria is taking over. I believe that we could be close to an explosion which will shake the entire world to its foundations.

Our Rabbis explain that the two principal causes of the Mabul, the Great Flood in the days of Noah, were immorality and theft. These deviant behaviors reached a level of magnitude at which “Hashem saw that the wickedness of Man was great upon the earth and that every product of the thoughts of his heart was but evil always, and Hashem reconsidered having made Man on earth …. And Hashem said, ‘I will blot out Man whom I created from the face of the earth….”[2]

We tend to look back at such events as having taken place in a primitive society, but in fact, in our present era, we should not fool ourselves into thinking that we are exempt from such catastrophic punishment.

What tilted the scales in our world?

Rampant immorality and theft are bad enough, but when immorality and theft are justified, when the culture comes to believe that evil behaviors are normal, when that which is unlawful becomes the law, then the gates close to repentance and there is almost no chance to escape the fatal consequences.

The Gemara tells us that one reason the world continues to exist is that mankind does not “write a marriage contract” for relations between males,[3] meaning that, even if such behavior exists in the world, at least it is not legalized or legitimized.

Now that has changed.

In the United States, the culture of theft is being justified. To understand this, all you have to do is read the headlines. Under these conditions, my friends, how can this country escape the most catastrophic consequences?

I am sorry to say that the rest of the world is not far behind.

Why would the Creator and Master of the Universe not apply the same standards He applied at the time of the Great Flood? Hashem stated that the world would not be destroyed by water, but I do not have to explain that there are other methods of wiping out rampant lawlessness, G-d forbid. One shudders to think about the implications of this.

Is it possible to save ourselves?

Here are some thoughts.

First, we should all immediately recognize the dire situation and attempt to do teshuva, altering our behavior with the understanding that the entire world is in danger of suffering a cosmic shock. As the Gemara tells us, “Rabbi Elazar was asked by his students: What can a person do to be spared the travails of Moshiach? [And he responded], One should occupy himself in [the study of] Torah and in acts of kindness.”[4] 

Second, I would humbly advise every Jew to attempt to move to Israel at the soonest possible time. No place is safe, but Eretz Yisroel is at least, “a Land that Hashem, your G-d, seeks out. The eyes of Hashem, your G-d, are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to year’s end.”[5] Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Shlita”h has been urging Jews to return for years.

There is hope, my friends.

As we say on Tisha B’Av, “Let him put his mouth to the dust. There may yet be hope.”[6]

The Chofetz Chaim is reported to have said, that, in the war directly before the coming of Moshiach, the Angel of Death will not have power to harm those who cling with all their strength to Hashem and His Torah, and who reject the culture of the surrounding nations. Those who stick like glue to Hashem and His Torah will survive and go on to live in the Days of Moshiach![7]

I read a similar statement in the name of Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein zt”l, who said, “In the final war before the coming of Moshiach, all the Jews who fear Hashem will survive. Hashem will say to them, ‘All those who are removed from the secular, worldly culture … you are Mine!’”[8]

My new book, “Hold On: Surviving the Days Before Moshiach,”[9] as well as my book, “2020 Vision,”[10] deal with the current situation and offer suggestions for survival.

Our Prophets have told us that there will be Jews and non-Jews who will merit to see the Final Redemption. My book, 2020 Vision, begins on July 5, 2020, with a massive terrorist attack and the collapse of the U. S. infrastructure. It ends with Shofar Gadol and Moshiach. Let us hope that soon we will see the glorious ending with our own eyes when Hashem brings all His children together in peace to our home

[1] This week, Parshas Korach is read outside Israel; Parshas Chukas is read in Israel
[2] Beraishis/Genesis 6:5
[3] Chullin 92b
[4] Sanhedrin 98b
[5] Dvarim/Deuteronomy 11:12
[6] Eichah 3:29
[7] Heard from Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon Shlita”h
[8] Leket Rishimos, as quoted in Redemption Unfolding.
[9] Published by Mosaica Press. It can be ordered through my website, www.2020vision.co.il or at www.Feldheim.com.
[10] Published by Feldheim. Also available through my website or Feldheim.com.

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