The Prosecution of Esav – Blood Moon

September 30, 2015

Esav, unlike his grandson Amalek, stands on din with respect to the Jewish People. His father Yitzhak’s bracha ensures that Esav is justly aggrieved if Yaakov fails to live up to his promise.

But, just what is Esav’s claim against us? Is it a general, “not keeping the Torah”, or is there something specific in the Torah we are not keeping?

Very possibly, the core of Esav’s claim is manifest is Esav’s religious convictions, i.e., Christianity. The core Christian ideology boils down to 1) love G-d and 2) love your neighbor as thyself.

Spiritually speaking, the basis then of Esav’s claim against Yaakov is that Yaakov is not doing these two mizvot properly.

So, what should we do? Now, the problem we’re all having is that the Shulhan Aruch just does not codify how we are supposed to carry out these mitzvot.  And the mass of Torah writings on these mitzvot can be vague and hard to arrive at a practical, simple, l’halacha approach.

But of course, the Beit Yosef’s intention was never to cover those mitzvot, for his master, the Rambam, had already done so in the most fine and pure fashion in Mishne Torah.

Simply put, the Mishne Torah says regarding these mitzvot:

  • Love of G-d – Try to have our words and actions make G-d beloved in the eyes of Jew and Gentile.
  • Love of Friends  – Speak praises about your friend. Look for opportunities to say good things about other people.  When you have the right audience, say something really great about a friend or neighbor! A safe, easy way to do this is tell a father in shul that you saw his kid do “mitzvah such and such”, that he’s a great kid, and the father should have a lot of nachas.  This is the mitzvah d’oraita l’halacaha. Doing this creates tremendous brotherhood and friendship. (The other important components of this mitzvah, l’halacha, is showing care and concern about the property, belongings, and honor of another as much as we have concern about our own property, belongings, and honor.)

If we, Yaakov, makes these mitzvot the #1 priority in learning and practice, we can defuse Esav’s prosecution. This will not stop Amalek’s frightening wave from coming, but it will provide us a way to at least maybe make it through alive.

The Tsunami is still way out at sea. We don’t know what the high water mark will be, but its big and coming fast. The Blood Moon was no joke – blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.

We must focus almost all of our spiritual energy on these two mitzvot above all else – l’maaseh and l’ halacha – then we’ll have a fighting chance.

 


Avoiding the Tsunami of Edom v. Paras

September 22, 2015

Edom v Paras is happening right before our eyes.

But we’re in really big trouble.

The Yerushalmi says the Second Temple was destroyed because Jews love money and hate each other for no reason.

  • Love money – intoxication with wealth and the wealthy.
  • Hate each other for no reason – seeing a sin in somebody else that doesn’t exist.

Now the Bavli arguably did us a favor by just focusing on sinat hinam, cutting down the challenge considerably. Of course, I prefer not to take my chances on the Bavli’s reduction – its statements are Amoraic, versus the Yerushalmi’s tanaaic statement (which for me makes a difference). So, I work on both of these.

But, for those who go Bavli on this, the task is greatly minimized. . . .

Hashem is not asking us for ahavat hinam. He’s not asking us for v’ehavata l’recha c’mocha – that’s way too high a level. He’s not even asking us not to hate somebody if we have good reason to hate them. HaShem’s just asking us not to hate each other for no reason! A very low bar indeed!!

This is the tshuva the Jews need to do to get out of Exile.

Don’t love money. Don’t hate another Jew for no reason.

If Jewish influencers embrace this message above all else, maybe we can survive the coming tsunami.

This is not a joke.  Loving money and hating Jews for no reason is a luxury. If we do not prioritize removing these dangerous traits during our time of luxury, then HaShem’s only recourse is to eliminate it with the removal of luxury.  And that is a very harsh and blunt instrument.

I pray that change comes from the inside, and not from the outside.

See Family Affair – End of Days Players