The terrible tragedy that occurred in Miami, in a predominantly Jewish area, has struck at the heart of Am Yisrael AGAIN. Many of us who are awake and aware are sufficiently being “warned” that in Shamayim they mean business. The business of Our Redemption and the “correction” of life on Earth.
We will learn astonishing facts that will cloud ones brain,
but know that decrees come from “above” but are put into action by people “below”.
With each immense tragedy more and more Jews will awaken (hopefully) to the reality of the historical timeframe we are living in. We only hope that all the Jews living in the various nations of the world, and especially in America, who are not now, but will strive to connect to their lifeline and Source of all life, Who Created our lives and the entire created Universe, begin that conversation with G–D.
For those who have the strength, this might be helpful.
Dov Bar-Leib said...
In recognition of those perceptive people who recognize the specific times that we are in as not being even near normal, I am publicizing the novel idea from Queen Esther's time, the 3 Day fast starting this morning. For those who might want to participate, many will be fasting the entire day of the 17th, 18th, and 19th of Tamuz to counter the insane amount of Jewish suffering that for reasons explained in this blogpost seems to be piling up over the last few weeks as we approach Rosh HaShanah 5782. The above fast is from Alot HaShachar to around Tzeit Kokhavim for 3 days straight. A 3 day consecutive fast is only meant for those with the koach to handle fasting in such a manner where each day does not end until after 8:15pm every night. I am very aware that many cannot physically handle such a strenuous regimen of fasting 3 days straight. But for those who can, we are entering as of right now the last trimester of the 9 months. This is crunch time.
However, as we have been told, once the final Geula begins there is no going back. We cannot stop the clock, it ticks on into the future and this is the world (of midda k’need midda) we live in. I believe that we must face with a humbled and contrite heart, and knowing mind, that Hashem will do what needs to be done.
The Redemption and with it the reckoning of all nations, countries, and peoples will happen.
We have been alerted that life on Earth cannot continue in its spiral downfall, collapsing into a degradation not seen since the Dor HaFlagah, the generation of the dispersion.
I have been watching for years for any sign and any progression that we are nearing that time, that we have been yearning for, for millennia. B”H We are nearing that period in our history that we have been Davening for and begging Hashem to bring. Now we must be strong, increase our Emuna and Bitachon, be humble in our dealings with one another, do charitable deeds (tzadaka), and be brave and increase our tsnius in all its ways.
Something that Rabbi Pinchas Winston shlit”a wrote on Parshas Barak:
We’d like to believe we know the whole picture, or at least enough of it to make sense of history, but how can we? G–D didn’t make Creation according to our understanding capabilities. He made it according to His, so-to-speak. . . . . there will always be events, at least until Moshiach comes, that will seem mysterious and chukim-like to us. How else can we exercise our free will and capacity to have emunah and bitachon. Rabbi Winston on Parshas Chukas: Understanding Divine Logic.
Also: “…even though Balak and Bilaam are long gone, their plan still lives on. And who knows, perhaps they have reincarnated, just as the generation of the desert and the Erev Rav have, to strengthen their old plan. And if we’re going to continue to be our own worst enemy, then we do Balak’s and Bilaam’s work for them, and pay the price for it as well.” Rabbi Winston on Parshas Balak
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And here is something written by Rabbi Chananya Weissman:
Balak – Hidden Salvations
The greatest miracles might be the ones we never know about.
This week's parsha describes the efforts of Moav and Midian to harm the Jewish people. According to Chazal, these historic enemies made peace just for this purpose (as rival Arab tribes did in modern times, and surely others have done throughout history). The Torah gives us a unique inside look at their plots against us, even their petty internecine squabbles.
Imagine that you were a Jew in the desert. While all this was going on, the Jews were busy gathering their daily man, studying Torah, bickering, and doing whatever else they did on a typical day in the desert. They had absolutely no idea that powerful kings and the greatest of their prophets were conspiring to destroy them, and that they were in serious danger. By the time they found out about it, it was already over. God had thwarted Balak's plans and forced Bilam to utter blessings instead of curses.
A similar thing happened not long before. In Parshas Chukas we learn that Hashem saved the Jews from an Emorite ambush on their way to Israel. The Emorites expected the Jews to pass through a narrow stream in a valley between two mountains. Their soldiers hid inside clefts in the mountains and planned to attack the Jews with projectiles from above while the Jews were sitting ducks down below. Before the Jews even reached the area, Hashem brought the two mountains together and crushed all the Emorites. The Jews only found out about the ambush after the fact, when the well brought them the dismembered body parts of their slain enemies so they could praise Hashem (see Rashi from Medrash 21:15-16).
In both cases the Jews were blissfully unaware that they were in grave danger, while Hashem was busy thwarting the plots of their enemies.
The Medrash teaches us that the nations of the world are constantly scheming against us, day and night. (Unfortunately I cannot recall the exact source, but trust me on this. If you know the Medrash, I would be grateful if you can provide the source.) How many of these schemes – which we are obviously saved from – do we ever find out about? Even what we do eventually learn is surely only a small fraction.
Jews who believe that anything has changed are fools and playing with heresy. We are constantly under threat in a never-ending proxy war against God, with us as His ambassadors. It is no coincidence that the world is obsessed with Israel, and relatively small events in Israel dominate the international headlines. It is no coincidence that Israel was chosen as the world's laboratory for monstrous medical experiments to be unleashed upon the rest of humanity, regardless of how the professional liars spin it.
The Erev Rav who govern Israel are obsessed with destroying us from within. How many times have they sold us to our enemies, in how many ways? How many attacks have they made on the Torah, on Torah education, on the sanctity of our Land? The little we know is enough to demonstrate how devoted they are, to the exclusion of nearly all else. For all the damage they have wrought, how much has Hashem saved us?
How can it be that the Jews in America are surrounded by terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, in places where the social fabric is being ripped apart, where police are powerless, under governors who despise them, yet have (so far) escaped widespread coordinated attacks? The stupid galus Jews continue to downplay the grave danger that they are in, while grossly exaggerating the “protection” they can expect from the authorities.
How much has Hashem saved them while they go about their daily lives as if everything is fine? The miracles that must be going on behind the scenes are worthy of Hallel every single day.
We need to recognize the dangers and appreciate the miracles, even if we aren't privy to all the details. This is, I believe, the primary lesson of Balak. By doing this, we will surely merit even greater protection and revelation of God's wonderful ways..