Thursday, October 04, 2012

Rav Ganut (and Rav Chaim Kanievsky) on the Matzav

Rav Shmuel Baruch Ganut Shlit"a wrote an article that appeared in AnashNews on 9/28 (between Yom Kippur and Sukkot).  Even though it's already a few days old, I'll translate it.  Compare with Rav Dovid Soloveitchik's view.

With Hashem's help, we have merited atonement, pardoning, and forgiveness, and behold, we are ready to enter the Sukkah, as is the will of Hashem - our G-d, our Father, our King.  The president of Iran this week expressed scary declarations, as was his custom in recent years, regarding the physical destruction of the inhabitants of the Land of Israel.  And behold, we are not concerned, we are not worried.  Why is this?  Because we are presently in the midst of the best security possible - the missile protection program of HKB"H in His glory and His essence Himself.

One of our city's important Avreichim, Harav Hagaon Y.S. Shlit"a, sent a letter to my master and rabbi - Rabbeinu Maran Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a, whereupon he wrote that he has the possibility to prepare British passports for his family since his parents are British citizens.  His question was: due to the Iranian threat, is it advisable to do so because of the frightening danger that is coming from the direction of the Yishmaelim?  Maran Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a replied in a letter using the following words: והיא שעמדה לאבותינו ולנו שלא אחד בלבד עמד עלינו לכלותינו והקב"ה מצילנו מידם.

Also, Haza"l in Yalkut Shimoni said:
Ribbi Levi said: anyone who fulfils the Mitzvah of Sukkah in this world, HKB"H says, "He fulfilled the Mitzvah of Sukkah.  I will protectively cover him from the heat of the day that is to come. ... In the future, the nations of the world are destined to enter the Land of Israel and wage war against them, as it says, 'For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle.'"  And what does HKB"H do?  He goes out and fights against the nations, as it says, "Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fighteth in the day of battle." This means: as in the day of Par'oh.  And what does He do?  He protectively covers the heads of Israel, as it says, "Who hast screened my head in the day of battle."
And it says in the Pesikta (Parsha 15) and it is also in the Yerushalmi (Rosh Hashana 1:3):
On the verse "This month shall be unto you" - it will be given over to you.  Ribbi Yehoshua Ben Levi said: [This is compared] to a king who had time-pieces and when his son grew up, he gave him his time-pieces.  Ribbi Yosi Bar Hanina said: [This is compared] to a king who had a vineyard watch-tower hut and when his son grew up, he gave him his vineyard watch-tower hut.  Ribbi Aha said: [This is compared] to a king who had a ring and when his son grew up, he gave it to him.  Ribbi Yitzhak said: [This is compared] to a king who had treasuries and when his son grew up, he gave him the keys.  Ribbi Hiya Bar Abba said: [This is compared] to a king who had a professional tool ... The rabbis say: [This is compared] to a doctor who had a bag of cures and when his son grew up, he gave it over to him...
And the Arvei Nahal writes:
And we need to understand the idea of these parables.  Because regarding the time-pieces, it is possible that it is analogous to Kiddush HaHodesh, which has to do with time.  But what is analogous to the vineyard watch-tower, ring, keys, professional tool, and bag of cures?  Rather, the idea is like what it says (Mishlei 13:12) "but desire fulfilled is a tree of life", which refers to the words of Torah, i.e He gave over to Israel the statement of "This month shall be unto you" and said that He gave over the vineyard watch-tower.  This is similar to the statement we say: "We are Your vineyard and You are our guard" - i.e that Hashem Yitbarach is guarding Israel, as it says כִּי יִצְפְּנֵנִי, בְּסֻכֹּה [For He concealeth me in His Sukkah] ... where Kevayachol, Hashem Yitbarach is sitting in a Sukkah - a Sukkah for guards.
For indeed it is true - on the one hand, we are obligated to increase our prayers - to scream and shout - and also to go through the proper Hishtadlut via the state and the military in order to preempt the face of the Iranian evil.  However, on the other hand, we have to review and remember that "For He concealeth me in His Sukkah in the day of evil; He hideth me in the covert of His tent; He lifteth me up upon a rock" - that HKB"H in His glory and His essence Himself, our merciful Father, is guarding us, cares about each and every one of us, and will save us from their hands - in the merit of our great joy in fulfilling His Mitzvot, in the merit of the Sukkah, which surrounds us with strong and wonderful fortifications of protection, which will easily defeat the bad winds of war and bad dew.

Menahot 62a, Sukkah 38a:
Rav Hama Bar Ukva said in the name of Ribbi Yosi Bar Ribbi Hanina: [one waves a Korban] to and fro in order to stop the bad winds; up and down in order to stop the bad dew.  Ribbi Yosi Bar Ribbi Abin said: this proves [that even] remnants of a Mitzvah can prevent punishments because waving [the Korban] is merely remnants of a Mitzvah and it stops bad winds and bad dew.  Rabba said: And the same applies to the Lulav.
A Kosher and joyous holiday of Sukkot!


At Fri Oct 05, 08:22:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hashem is causing the extreme weather. More Jew hate is arising throughout the world. America is printing more money through QE 3 which means the USD will worth less. Historically, when you high inflation, people look somewhere to blame. You got it, the Jews. It is unbelievable that NO Jewish organization, i.e. Orthodox Union is saying to make aliyah. All I hear is "Halacha says not to put yourself in danger." Israel is in danger of missiles. What about America? America has financial missiles aimed at everyone's pocket. There is no place to hide except ISRAEL. Every country in the world has financial problems.

At Fri Oct 05, 09:23:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with both Rav Ganut and Rav Kanievsky. The above commenter is correct! No matter the news, we should all understand that the safest place for the bnai Yisrael is in Eretz Yisrael. H's Shchina is in EY from beginning of year to end of year. Many Jews are doing tshuvah and He knows what's in everyone's heart and is sweetening the judgments (as Reb DovBarLeib says) for His kinderlach. H' will do battle for us as He did in the first geulah of y'tziat Mitzrayim. May He protect His people everywhere and all the righteous. Chag Sameach!

At Fri Oct 05, 09:40:00 AM 2012, Blogger Neshama said...

Please, no H's instead of HaShem.
And why are we referred to as 'inhabitants'?
I thought we were Am Yisrael or Jews or Yidden?

At Fri Oct 05, 10:00:00 AM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

"inhabitants" is merely a translation of יושבי ארץ ישראל - just a fancy way of saying Jews. Don't read too much into it.

At Sun Oct 07, 08:26:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today Rav Fish`s words (interpretations) will be proven:

"...The Vilna Gaon on the Mechilta (Shmos 14:20) and the Midrash Talpiyos (Gog) say, that the Gog U'Magog war shall begin three hours before "Hanetz Hachama" (crack of dawn) on Hoshana Rabba, and shall last three hours only. This is why we say " הוֹשַׁעְנָא שָׁלֹש שָׁעוֹת " If we connect this to what the Zohar quoted above said that the war will be in the 73rd year of the century, it comes out that the war shall take place on Hoshana Rabba of 5773.

The date 773 equals "crack of dawn on Hoshana Rabba":
.תשע"ג בְּגִימַטְרִיָּא הָנֵץ הֹשַׁעְנָא רַבָּא

.... Please comment.

At Sun Oct 07, 11:47:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we have a tradition for a wonderful year when Hoshanna Rabbah is motsae Shabbath. Nothing is proven yet, Gog U'Magog started years ago and will be finish soon, hopefully this wonderful year 5773!
Chag Sameah and be more happy for the last days of holidays.

At Sun Oct 07, 01:22:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Gaon of Vilna and the Midrash Talpiyos were wrong ... You say?

At Sun Oct 07, 01:49:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody is wrong , just curious did it happen?


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