Rav Dovid Soloveitchik: The Matzav is Ayom VeNora
In Rav Fish's latest, he quotes Rav Avraham Yisrael Froilach Shlit"a, a close student of Rav Meshulam Dovid Soloveichik Shlit"a. On 2 separate occasions - before Rosh Hashana and during Shabbat Shuva - Rav Dovid Soloveichik repeated to him over and over that both the physical and spiritual situation that we are currently in is Ayom VeNora (terrifying and dreadful).
When others tried to calm his fears, he said, "That's what they said in Poland!"
He contrasted the reaction of the Jews of Poland and that of the Jews of Yerushalayim during the Holocaust. The Polish Jews convinced themselves that everything would be alright, whereas the Jews of Yerushalayim cried out and prayed fervently to Hashem for salvation. The outcomes of these communities during the war proves which is the correct path, he said.
At one point, after Rav Dovid told him that the situation is Ayom VeNora, Rav Froilach tried to connect it to the Torah reading (at the time) from Parshat Nitzavim, where it says, גפרית ומלח שרפה כל ארצה (and that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning). Rav Dovid grabbed his hand, and said "Has Veshalom! What, you want there to be גפרית ומלח שרפה כל ארצה?! This already happened twice in the 2 Hurbans! Do you want this again?!"
Rav Froilach remained silent for a few moments as Rav Dovid continued, "I'll tell you one thing. The verse at the end of Malachi tells us: הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שֹׁלֵחַ לָכֶם, אֵת אֵלִיָּה הַנָּבִיא--לִפְנֵי, בּוֹא יוֹם יְהוָה, הַגָּדוֹל, וְהַנּוֹרָא וְהֵשִׁיב לֵב-אָבוֹת עַל-בָּנִים, וְלֵב בָּנִים עַל-אֲבוֹתָם--פֶּן-אָבוֹא, וְהִכֵּיתִי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ חֵרֶם (Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the land with utter destruction.) Even those days, where we deserve 'I come and smite the the land with utter destruction,' nevertheless, I will send Eliyahu Hanavi.
We must pray that Hashem will choose sending Eliyahu Hanavi and not the end of the verse."
This is just a short summary. If you can read the Hebrew, please do so.