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I was in Hebron this last Shabbat and it was beautiful. From the Cave of the Patriarchs to the Avraham Avinu (Abraham Our Father) Synagogue, the Shabbat was spiritual and uplifting. After being pogrammed by the Arabs and exiled by the British, Jews have finally returned home to Hebron, one of our holiest and most historic cities. With this and other events happening, one can see the stage for redemption being set by G-d. History is speeding up to bring us to redemption. We can either gather our things and board the train, or languish in our rooms and stick to our old routines. One thing is for sure, times are changing at a rapid speed. In one morning on Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed. The world was in shock at the unprovoked attack. In another moment out of nowhere, the Bear, Russia, moved in on Georgia and the world is now being rocked with anticipation of a widening war. Like a magnet, Poland, the Czeck Republic, the Ukraine, the USA, Israel and other countries are being pulled into the conflict, a war that was not expected.
It is said that WWI which also led to WWII, started on Tisha B'Av, the Jewish holiday commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple and other disasters for the Jewish People. The Russian -Georgian war started on or around Tisha B'Av this year as well. On Friday, the news proclaimed a 'conflict' between Russia and Georgia, by Sunday, the day of the Tisha B'Av fast, it was already being called a 'war'. Is this now the beginning of WWIII?
I once read somewhere that in the end of days, it will be a time when everyone will have to choose sides. There will be no more fence-sitting, no more cheering from the sidelines. Either you will decide to ACTIVELY choose G-D and do your best to live by His Torah, or you will choose your ego, your desires, your comfrot zone. This doesn't mean that those who choose G-d will all of a sudden be a tzadik, a rightous person. It just means he will be desiring to be holy and do his/her best to do so. Life may be scary and not to our terms, but there is great reward for those who choose G-d's will rather than their own will.
Everything G-d does, He does for us.
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Everything G-d does, He does for us.
And The Holy One says to Israel, "My children, don't be afraid. Everything I have done, I have done only for you. Why are you scared? Don't be afraid. The time of redemption is here."
Don't be afraid Mike. Don't be afraid SK. The time for redemption is coming. You must not wait and not demand first class seats on the train that will soon have passed your station. The ride may be bumpy, but we are going towards G-d's destination for us. A good place, a good time, a good age, a good future. Don't miss the train because you may not like the conditions. History is speeding up, and if you do not grab hold now, it may be too late.