In an exclusive Israel National Radio interview with Mah Nishma's Gavriel Sanders, famed Jewish orator and founder of the Hineni Jewish outreach organization Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis reveals Jewish prophecy pertaining to the coming of the Messiah, giving important advice on hastening and sweetening his arrival.
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'It's Erev Shabbos of the world'
In order to reverse negative prophecies which warn of pain, suffering, famine, and death during the end of days, Rebbetzin Jungreis says one must first understand the imminence of the arrival of the Messiah.
This world, as we know it today, cannot last beyond 6,000 years.
"Listen carefully, friends, to what I'm telling you. Hashem, Elokei Yisrael, created this world that we are living in today in six days. Every day was a thousand years. This world, as we know it today, cannot last beyond 6,000 years. Right now, we are in the year 5769, which means it's Erev Shabbos of the world. By the year 6,000, Mashiach has to be here. He could come much earlier. But by the year 6,000, he has to be here. … the Vilna Gaon said that the last war, Milchemet Gog uMagog, is going to last only 12 minutes because they are going to have such weapons…. We know that the final redemption, the final Geula, it's going to be like when you left Egypt – only one-fifth of our people left Egypt. Four-fifths perished… during the plague of darkness.
"So I'm appealing to every Jew. Every negative prophecy can be changed. We can bring Mashiach today. Right now, we are living in a period called Erev Shabbat. It's Erev Shabbat, because when Mashiach will come, it will be the day that will be all Shabbat, the seventh day….Let's bring Shabbos early, and let us to bring Shabbos with menucha [ease], with shalom [peace], with simchah [happiness] – Is it possible? Absolutely?! Every negative prophecy can be changed."
'There is no one but G-d'
What does Rebbetzin Jungreis say is the key to bringing the Messiah and reversing negative prophecies surrounding his arrival? Understanding that there is no one but G-d.
"Our trials will continue until we are going to declare "Ein Od Milvado" – there is no one but G-d. Not Wall Street, not finances, not real estate, not this and not that, and not science – everything has collapsed. Ein Old Milvado. That's a state of mind – we have to know that there is nothing except G-d. G-d is our strength, G-d is our might, G-d is our salvation. And we all have to come back to our Torah way of life – all of us. Each person has to make an effort."
Rebbetzin Jungreis underscores that each Jew must become more knowledgeable in the Torah, so that the Jewish People can reclaim their rightful title as "People of the Book." She also says Jews must also learn how to pray, giving tips to know if one's prayer is truly from the heart.
"We have forgotten the language of prayer. How would you like it, if you're a father, and the only time that your kid calls you is when they are running low on their credit card, and they need money… That's who we have become…. Then we have the chutzpah, the audacity, if G-d doesn't deliver what we ask "Oh, I prayed already, and it didn't help." Chutzpah! Chutzpah! Learn how to pray from your soul, from your heart.
What perspiration is for your body at the gym, on the treadmill, tears are for your neshama
"When you get on a treadmill, how do you know if you're doing good? If you perspire. What perspiration is for your body at the gym, on the treadmill, tears are for your neshama [soul]. And if you don't know how to cry, then for Heaven's sakes, cry because you don't know how to cry. If you don't know how to pray, tell G-d "I don't know how to pray, take my hand in the darkness, and forgive me. Give me the words!"
Saving yourself from the birth pangs
Specific actions recommended by the Sages can also help protect people from the birth pangs of the Messiah, says Rebbetzin Jungreis.
"First we have to know that it is written in the Talmud… Suffering is not inflicted upon the world but to wake up the Jewish People. And how can we save ourselves? Our Sages take on the discussion….three recommendations… ya'asok b'Torah… ya'asok comes from the word 'esek', business. It's beyond study. It's 'make Torah your business', 24/7, cause your business occupies you. Not just Torah study, but also … to extend kindness to your fellow man. And the third recommendation is to be careful about [three meals] on Shabbat… that third meal is critical, because that third meal is not to satisfy you, but you're sitting at your table in honor of G-d. Those are the three specific recommendations.
"Forgive each other, be kind to each other, don't harbor grudges, be considerate of another human being, go out of your way, watch your language… do favors… simply because you're a Jew."
Rebbetzin Jungreis appeals to listeners to do everything possible to avert the disasters which are associated with the end of days, assuring them that G-d will be with them, but that they must do their part to seek Him out.
"So whether we are going to have an easy birth or a painful, savage, bloody birth, where G-d forbid, the mother's life is at risk, it's in our hands. I appeal to you, my brothers and my sisters, wherever you are… I know that G-d will help us, of course He will, G-d never abandons us, He's in hiding, He's watching us, but why should any one of us, G-d forbid, be hurt in the process. We are one People. Let's come back to our Heavenly Father, let's search for Him, and He will say to us 'Hineni, my children. Here I am.' "
To purchase Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis's new book, 'Life is a Test: How to Handle Life's Challenges Successfully,' for Torah classes, or to watch Rebbetzin Jungreis's weekly Torah lessons, visit http://www.Hineni.org .