Geula Update from Rav Fish - Pekudei 5774 - Part 2
From Rav Fish's latest:
- Seeking the Geula
- We find in the Yalkut Shimoni (Shemuel 109):
...Ribbi Shimon ben Menasia said: Israel will not see a sign of Geula ever until they retract and request all three [Kingship of Heaven, kingship of the House of David, and the building of the Beit Hamikdash]. This is the idea from what it says: "afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God" - this refers to the Kingship of Heaven. "And David their king" - this refers to the kingdom of the House of David. "And shall come trembling unto the LORD and to His goodness [in the end of days]" - this refers to the Beit Hamikdash.We see that Am Yisrael will be redeemed when they seek out David ben Yishai.
- We also find in another Midrash (Shemot Rabba 33:3) [YY - also at Shir Hashirim Rabba 5:2]
[It says:] I sleep, but my heart waketh. Kenesset Yisrael said: I slept from the Keitz, but HKB"H is awake ...which is followed by the words: קוֹל דּוֹדִי דוֹפֵק, פִּתְחִי-לִי אֲחֹתִי רַעְיָתִי. R' Eliyahu Buhbut explains the Rashei Teivot of דופק פתחי לי spell לפד [Lapid] for via the troubles he causes, Hashem is waking us up to request the Geula.
- There are 2 ways to cry out for Geula, as we find in the gemara (Sanhedrin 98a): If they merit, "via the clouds of the heavens". If they don't merit, "a pauper riding on a donkey". This means that we can either cry out for spiritual troubles which are in the aspect of "clouds of heaven" or we cry out over physical troubles, which have the aspect of "a donkey" (חמור), which symbolizes materialism (חמריות). And now, we have been given a chance from Heaven to cry out over the draft decree which is a spiritual decree to ruin the Yeshiva boys, G-d forbid - it should never happen. And if we merit to cry out for this properly, the Geula can come in the best manner of "clouds of the Heavens". And if we, G-d forbid, don't cry out properly now, they will pressure us to cry out over physical matters, and then, the Redemption will come, but in the lower manner of "a pauper riding on a donkey".
- As is brought down in the name of Yehezkel Levenshtein ZT"L that just as in the Exodus from Egypt, there was a cry before Redemption, as it says: "and they cried, and their cry came up unto God", so too, in the Future Redemption, there will be an obligation for there to be a cry before Hashem beforehand to seek the Redemption.