Shomrei Emunim Rebbe on Current Events Part 1
Rav Fish's latest also includes 2 long pieces from the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe. Originally written in the Kol Hehatzeir newsletter. The first one is when he was Menahem Aveilim to the Abuhatzeira family.
Also found here, here, and here.
Shomrei Emunim Rebbe Shlit"a: We see instinctly that even one who has partial eyes can see that this is the time for the coming of Mashiah - not like it was - all the times and end-times. Nowadays, we see everything instinctly. And that which it is written in the Torah, Prophets, Writings, and other books - this is it. We see everything today instinctly everything that is happening in the world. I don't want to be lengthy here, but one who wants to see will see that this is it.
Rav David Abuhatzeira Shlit"a: This is Be'itah?
SER: This is Be'itah, but to HKB"H, we are His children, and HKB"H is proud of us and doesn't want to bring the Mashiah specifically Be'itah without a merit of Am Yisrael. So, because of this, He promised that the Redemption will be Be'itah, and then, He can make it earlier to make it Ahishena to show that the Ahishena is only in the merit of Israel. Today, where we are busy with Torah and Hesed that previously didn't exist, and the Ba'alei Teshuva that never existed before, there was never in history since the day we left Egypt a case that Am Yisrael will do Teshuva on their own - and millions of them - we never heard of such a thing. The Ramba"m writes in Hilchot Teshuva that the Torah already promised us that in the end Israel will do Teshuva and will immediately be redeemed. The holy Baal Shem Tov ZT"L said that before Mashiah comes, a great blessing will come upon Am Yisrael and even the poor will start to accustom themselves to live like the rich, and suddenly the S"M will place his hands upon the abundances [to stop them] after they were accustomed to [the rich lifestyle], and there will be poverty and everyone will "swallow each other alive" from the abundance of poverty, debts, etc. We instinctly see that until today there was abundance, but today, everything went down while everyone got used to the abundance.
RDA: Hazak Hazak Uvaruch. We see this instinctly! We see this instinctly! And besides this, the events in the world and in the matter of the Arab lands, they are already - all of them - may their names be blotted out - ready to swallow Am Yisrael and to divide the Land of Israel. All day and all night [Behold Thou] their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song. The whole world from one end of the earth to the other - even America - all want this and were prepared for this, and HKB"H mixed them up. We see exactly revealed things that were not seen ever before, like the miracles here in the South - they shoot rockets which each one can knock a 5-story building down and nothing happens.
SER: Because of this, we need to awaken because we have not heard of miracles such as these since we left Egypt. The entire exile was only persecutions and harsh decrees. For 2000 years, they didn't see kindness except for short periods. However, now, B"H, it's been 40 years since the Six Day War - we see open miracles.
RDA: The honored Admo"r says things that stand in the heights of the world. Neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee. That which the Admo"r says are wonderous words. The Admo"r is of the remants of the Generation of Knowledge. The Admo"r is of those who pass down tradition. The words of the Admo"r have meaning above and below.
SER: (with humility) Even small children can say this. The main thing is that HKB"H will be revealed to us.
RDA: [quoting from festival prayers and the Yedid Nefesh song] May the honor of Your Kingdom be revealed upon us quickly. Please be revealed and spread my beloved over me.
SER: We simply don't see. He's already revealed now. If we contemplate what happening in the world, we see that He's revealed. We need to strenghthen Am Yisrael to bring in Emuna and to show that with Hashem's help, we will already really see the light of Mashiah. I say that today, he's not standing behind our wall - he's already standing in front of our wall.
RDA: Just like the Tzemah Tzedek said: we just need to polish the buttons. We have shoes. We have clothes. Just to polish the buttons.
SER: If these tzaddikim were in our days, they would be dancing all day long. It is written in Sefer Hasidim that if HKB"H performs a small miracle with a person and that person gives praise and thanks, then He will perform a larger miracle for him. So, for this reason, HKB"H is showing us the revealed miracles here in the land, so if we praise [Him], with Hashem's help, the great miracle will come - which is the Gog Umagog War. This is 100% true that there needs to be a day of vengeance before the Redemption. It is written in Midrash that King Shelomo asked HKB"H, "When will the Redemption come?" Then, HKB"H said to him, "For the day of vengeance that was in My heart, and My year of redemption are come." So, there needs to be a vengeance beforehand, as it is written, "And I will hold as innocent their blood that I have not held as innocent; and the LORD dwelleth in Zion." The vengeance needs to happen.
RDA: "and doth render vengeance to His adversaries, and doth make expiation for the land of His people."
SER: Then, King Shelomo asked, "When?" So, HKB"H told him that the Heart does not reveal to the Mouth. And this we see today. And with Hashem's help, when there will be that great vengeance - For the day of vengeance that was in My heart - then, Am Yisrael will be saved. And this is the great preparation for when they shoot a nuclear weapon, no one from Am Yisrael will be harmed. It is written in the book "Ahavat Yonatan" on Haftarot either in Parshat Eikev or Parshat Balak - paraphrasing: It's known that Am Yisrael will be saved from the Gog Umagog War in the Land of Israel even though they will endure many troubles, but nevertheless, they will not forsake Hashem and the Holy Land. And this will be Teshuva because beforehand, the sin was that they went to Egypt - to Azra [??] and from this was caused many sins. So, their salvation will be in this that they will not leave the Land of Israel. This is what he writes.
RDA: These are great words. These are the greatest consolation that there could be in the world. These are true words of consolation. This is a promise.
SER: The Abravanel wrote four books about this war between the Christians and the Muslims.
The remainder of the conversation is about the story of how the Baba Sali sent his grandson Rav David to Nahariya. Part 2 will BE"H BL"N be the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe's words on Motza'ei Tish'a Be'av.