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!