Noam, an IDF soldier from a "hesder" tank unit, asked me: "I recall in one of your online Torah lessons, you said that if someone learns the right way, then the words of the Gemara come alive. How do you learn Torah in such a way that the holy words come alive right in front of you?" Here's my answer to Noam, which in his credit, others can benefit from also. We pray for Noam's safety and the safety of all of our dedicated soldiers:
Our message today is intended to be a spiritual antidote to all that's trying to pull us down and to enable us to truly feel good about ourselves. The "Three Weeks" period is a time to yearn for Moshiach and the Holy Temple, but not a time to be sad or depressed. Enjoy this and have a wonderful new week:
Reading the description of what will happen directly prior to Moshiach and Geula in the teachings of the Gaon of Vilna osb"m describes exactly what's happening in today's current events, but not at all in a politically correct fashion. Today's lesson pulls no punches and is taken directly from "Even Shlema," one of the Gaon's phenomenal books:
We've just entered the Three Weeks again, the notorious period between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av, when the worst things happened to the Jewish People throughout history. We can't understand the Three Weeks without understanding the root of Tisha B'Av and the destruction of both Holy Temples. It was the eve of Tisha B'Av when the twelve spies returned to the Israelite encampment from 40 days of scouting out the Land of Israel. All of them except for Calev ben Yephuneh from the tribe of Judah and Yehoshua Bin Nun from the tribe of Ephraim said slander about the Land of Israel and about how dangerous it was. That night, the entire Israelite nation sat in their tents and cried. Hashem said to them, "OK, you want to cry for nothing? I'll give you plenty of real reasons to cry for generations to come." What's the connection between the sin of the spies and everything that's happening to us today?
Many of us are unaware of what's going on inside of us. With pandemic all around us, it's only normal that anxiety levels are on the rise even in people who never suffered from anxiety. It's like walking in a battlefield – as much as you normally retain your cool, it's difficult not to feel pressure when people are getting wounded and dying all around you. That's exactly what's going on in the renewed wave of COVID-19. How can we successfully cope? Let's hear:
Without eyes of emuna, a person can neither see nor understand what's happening in the world. In that respect, he or she resembles Bilaam who purported to be a big prophet but couldn't see what his donkey saw.
COVID 19, like everything else not only comes from Hashem but is Hashem's emissary to prepare the world for Moshiach and Geula, the redemption of the Jewish People and the ingathering of the exiles to our homeland of Israel. In fact, you could say that COVID 19 is the Minister of Education, teaching people what they should have learned on their own. Today's podcast looks at the lessons COVID 19 is bringing to the world. Enjoy it and have a great Shabbat!
By way of enhancing our spiritual eyesight, we can understand what's happening in the world, particularly the renewed upsurge of COVID 19.