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Beis Moshiach #856

Beis Moshiach #856

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Published by B. Merkur
Heralding the imminent coming of Moshiach
Heralding the imminent coming of Moshiach

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Beis Moshiach (USPS 012-542) ISSN 1082-0272is published weekly, except Jewish holidays(only once in April and October) or $160.00 inCrown Heights. USA $180.00. All other places or$195.00 per year (45 issues), by Beis Moshiach,744 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213-3409.Periodicals postage paid at Brooklyn, NY andadditional ofces. Postmaster: send addresschanges to Beis Moshiach 744 Eastern Parkway,Brooklyn, NY 11213-3409. Copyright 2012 byBeis Moshiach, Inc.Beis Moshiach is not responsible or the contentand Kashruth o the advertisements.
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744 Eastern ParkwayBrooklyn, NY 11213-3409
Tel: (718) 778-8000Fax: (718) 778-0800admin@beismoshiach.orgwww.beismoshiach.org
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
M.M. Hendel
HEBREW EDITOR:
Rabbi S.Y. ChazaneditorH@beismoshiach.org
ENGLISH EDITOR:
Boruch Merkur
editor@beismoshiach.org
WeeKlY cOluMNs
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D’var Malchus
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Moshiach & Geula
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Moshiach & Geula
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Viewpoint
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Memoirs
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Parsha Thought
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Shleimus HaAretz
 
EARTHQUAKES,UPHEAVALS, ANDTHE ERA OF MOSHIACH
These radical upheavals, these tumultuouschanges, which have a direct impact on themajority of the world’s population, are takingplace in silence and tranquility, somethingthat has no precedent in the entire history ofmankind!
Translated by Boruch Merkur
CONFOUNDED BYMY “RADICAL” CLAIM
The emphasis on therefinement of the world as apreparation for the MessianicEra is something that is (not only“mentioned in the Torah portion” but is) openly visible throughoutthe world these days.To preface: There are those who are confounded by whatis being spoken about of late.Namely, that we are presently inthe Era of Ikvisa D’Meshicha, atthe end of the exile. These peopleask: “What is taking place thatsupports this claim? The world iscarrying on as usual from year toyear!” But in fact it is the greatest wonder that they don’t considerthe nature of current eventsunfolding in the world, eventsthat are readily observable and well covered by the media!In the latter period(beginning with recent yearsand increasing with the passageof time), upheavals are takingplace across the globe, eventsthat are transforming the politicallandscape from one extremeto the other. It is only with the benevolence of G-d that theserevolutions are silent – that is tosay, without war and bloodshed,may G-d preserve us – to theextent that daily life (commerceand the like) goes on as usualin these places, as if everything were operating as normal. Butthe fact is that revolutions aretaking place in each of thesecountries on a national level,internal upheavals that are beingnegotiated through diplomacy.First off there is Russia(the country the Rebbe Rayatz,leader of the generation, camefrom, together with his studentsand emissaries). The seventy-year rule of this powerfuland dreaded regime instilledfear in all of its citizens, tothe extent that even for justcriticizing the government theconsequence would be exile toan uninhabitable land (such asSiberia). However, the governingparty, all of a sudden, in a veryshort time, underwent a radicalchange (enacted by those at thetop political positions), and thischange spread to other countriesof the same ilk.Similarly regarding China, which has in recent yearsundergone a transformation inits domestic policy as well as itsforeign policy. The same is trueof India, for its longstandingheads of state were swiftlyreplaced. Likewise with regardto the upheavals in several othercountries across the globe,including “
iyei ha’yam
,” “islandsof the sea” [“these are the GreekIslands” –Rashi on Yeshayahu11:11], though there is no needto elaborate at length aboutthis matter, as it has become widespread public knowledge.The fact is that we arespeaking about upheavalsin nations that are heavilypopulated, revolutions ingovernments and regimes whoseauthority extends to billions of people across the globe, affectingthe majority of the world’spopulation!
A GREAT WONDER THATTHIS IS NOT UNIVERSALLYRECOGNIZED
The “miracle” is this: Itis a great wonder that peopledon’t pay any attention to thesecataclysmic changes, in thespirit of the verse, “
 Ein baalha’nes makir b’niso
(a person
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doesn’t perceive the miracledone for him).” These radicalupheavals, these tumultuouschanges, which have a directimpact on the majority of the world’s population, are takingplace in silence and tranquility,something that has no precedentin the entire history of mankind!Typically, regime changeis accompanied by prolonged war and bloodshed, disruptingnormal life, bringing in its wakeruin and destruction, may G-dpreserve us. There is no need tosearch extensively through theannals of the history of previousgenerations for examples, for inthis very generation we have seenthe incredible destruction of theSecond World War, may suchhorror never recur.However, in recent times,even greater upheavals are takingplace, affecting the majorityof the world, and with G-d’skindness, they are transpiring without wars and without bloodshed, G-d forbid, butamidst quietude and tranquility.Moreover, it is apparentthat these upheavals takingplace in our times are (not onlyconcerning human affairs butare) also in connection withthe rest of G-d’s creations:the animal, plant, and mineralkingdoms. I am referring here tothe rash of earthquakes that havetaken place recently, in a shortspan of time, and are presentlycontinuing in various placesin the world (including thisnation). But with the kindness of G-d, the number of victims has been minimal, especially whencompared to similar events thattook place earlier.
HOW IS THISRELEVANT TO US?
To explain the connection of the above to the Jewish people:(For at first glance, politicalupheavals that take place acrossthe globe (without any directconnection to the Jewish people)are not of interest to Jews, whose job it is to study Torah and fulfillMitzvos.)a) Recognizing the greatnessof G-d and offering praise andexpressing appreciation forHis great benevolence. For, inaddition to the greatness of G-dthat is visible in the frameworkof nature – as it is written, “Theheavens recount the glory of G-d, etc.,” “when I see Yourheavens, the work of Yourfingers, the moon and stars that You have established” – G-d’smiracles further emphasize Hisgreatness, in a more pronounced way. In our case, this appliesto the radical upheavals acrossthe globe taking place amidstquietude and tranquility, amiracle of such enormity thatthese occurrences are only within the power of the Alm-ghtyHimself, Who is omnipotent.Thus, we must thank G-d forHis great kindness, for how much more is praise and thanksincumbent upon us for thesegreat miracles when even fornatural conduct we must thankHim daily. (And certainly,involvement in Torah studyand the fulfillment of Mitzvosdoes not detract at all fromcontemplating the greatness of G-d, and praising and thankingHim for His tremendouskindness.) b) An increase in faith in thecoming of Moshiach and theanticipation of his imminentarrival, “Every day I await hisarrival,” for the revolutionstaking place in the world aresigns cited in the Midrashimof our Sages, of blessedmemory, regarding the era of Ikvisa D’Meshicha, the stageimmediately preceding theredemption. Indeed, seeing theseupheavals in our times servesas an addition confirmationthat we are presently in the finalmoments of Ikvisa D’Meshicha,and immediately MoshiachTzidkeinu will arrive.
(From the address of Shabbos Parshas Toldos, 4 Kislev, 5750,muga)
The “miracle” is this: It is a great wonderthat people don’t pay any attention to thesecataclysmic changes, in the spirit of the verse, “
Ein baal ha’nes makir b’niso
(a person doesn’t perceive the miraclehe encounters).”
ADD IN ACTS OF GOODNESS & KINDNESS
TO BRING MOSHIACH NOW!
 
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