Rav Berger: One of the Gedolim: We Missed an Opportunity on Purim
From Rav Berger's latest:
Rav Berger quotes "one of the greats of our generation" as saying that this past Purim, we lost a golden opportunity to bring the Geula. He added that the delay in the bringing of the Geula was clearly due to our continued division, bickering, arguing, stinginess, and baseless hatred.
He added that the S"M knows that the cause of the Beit Hamikdash being destroyed is what's causing it not to be built and is working extra hard to inculcate baseless hatred inside us. Our job is to understand that and not let him prosecute us, he said.
The gadol concluded by saying that this division is what occurred before the Holocaust and we know what happened then.
Rav Berger goes on and notes the verse in Shemini:
The Torat Kohanim explains this to mean that we should remove the Yetzer Hara from our hearts and this will cause us to all come together to fear Him and serve Him as one.
The Imrei Emet explains this Yetzer Hara to be the Yetzer Hara of division and arguments.
According to this Imrei Emet, it is the removal of this Yetzer Hara that will cause the Shechina to dwell among us again.
Rav Berger tells us not to be discouraged since there is a nice hint from this verse to this occurring very soon.
תעשו is the gematria of תשע"ו [this year of 5776]. In this year, we will merit that 'וירא אליכם כבוד ה - the glory of Hashem will be revealed speedily in our days, Amen.