Moped Accident - Geula Sign?
Ynet reports and shows a video that Rafi links to of a tragic traffic accident where moped driver Moshe Hai Yisraeli, ע"ה, tried to bypass a truck, and was hit by one. What happened next was even more shocking - no one stopped to help - for about a minute drivers drove past the "obstacle" on the road, as Ynet put it, and let him bleed to death.
Despite Cosmic X's downplaying the incident, it seemed to make an impression on many people, religious and non-religious alike, according to the article.
The Mishna in Sotah 49b, which talks about the generation of the "Footsteps of Mashiah", lists many signs of that generation. One of the signs is:
ואנשי הגבול יסובבו מעיר לעיר ולא יחוננו
And the men of the border will go around from city to city and they will not have mercy
This sign has, in the past, been used to refer to many things, including the Disengagement from Gush Katif. However, another possible explanation is the people who are going around (as in going around the "obstacle" on the road) from one city to another, minding their own business, and not caring about helping others.
Now, the truth of the matter is that we are a caring people. A very caring people. More than any other people. We are רחמנים בני רחמנים, we say. This includes Shomerei Torah Umitzvot and otherwise. However, I speak for myself too when I say: there's always room for improvement. If we want to be the standard for others to follow, we have to strive for perfection. Anything less, the Mishna will denote as "ולא יחוננו".
When we will have mercy on others, BE"H, Hashem will have mercy on His children, and we will merit the complete Redemption, may it come speedily in our days, Amen.