Current events weigh heavily on the heart.
The Nations are moving forward forcefully towards an UN-declaration splitting E”Y.
Regrettably, failing sufficient repentance, it seems we are headed for the Exile of Our Time (the final stages of the Yishmalite exile).
But Have Strength!
There is simple and clear divine purpose here.
I recently had a great conversation with Rabbi T. of New York, and he taught me a few things:
Indictment of the Nations
First, a key purpose of The Split is to ensure the Nations have no merit justifying their entry into the World to Come. Any claim the Nations have that they “helped” the Jewish people by supporting Yishuv E”Y (via the State of Israel) will be belied by their actions.
The purpose of the UN is to give a single “voice” to the entire world – to all nations, even nations that have never physically hosted Jews – all voices will speak as one to split E”Y and take the Temple Mount away from the Jews.
(My son read this and asked about individual Gentiles. He has a point – individuals who support the Jews will still merit the World to Come; here, we are dealing with gentiles at the collective, “nation” level)
Sweeten the Birth Pangs
The coming of the Messiah is compared to a woman giving birth. The baby is going to be born and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Labor is painful and unavoidable. But it can be a short, easy labor, or a long, hard one. Our spiritual efforts, mitzvot and good deeds determine where on the “easy labor/hard labor continuum” the birth has to be.
The Tomer Devorah by the Ramak recommends ways to fix the sefirah of “Malcut”. He recommends above all for one to go into self-imposed exile.
For the Jewish people as a collective, withdrawing from Judea and Samaria due to threat of of force by the Nations is such an exile. It is the “exile of our time”, the final exile, the Yishmalite Exile.
Our Sages say that exile is an atonement – the atonement of the Yishmalite Exile is so substantial that only it has the power to prevent a Holocaust from happening in the E”Y as a result of our sins, G-d forbid.
By virtue of this exile, the Jews will continue to hold onto half the City and a connected Portion of E”Y, until the Day of Redemption, G-d willing.
Acts of Kindness
Things are happening. In the short term we will need to support each other like never before. Thousands of exilees from Judea and Samaria will need places of refuge.
And many refugees will need solace and consolation as their deeply held imaginations of a “Greater Israel” in partnership with the secular SOI appear crushed forever.
We will all learn together the tremendous capacity for Jews to love one another and be there for each other. The potential we all hope we have in terms of Jewish unity will be realized.
We should all be zoche to do conscious and planed acts of kindness to our brothers and sisters who are exiled in their own land.