Roy Neuberger - Mar. 01, 2019

Rabbi Yaakov Landau Shlita”h, the Rabbi of Congregation Chanichei Ha Yeshivos in Lakewood, spoke recently about the current state of the world. He compared our current situation to the times of Purim, when Haman ordered that letter be “sent by courier to all the provinces of the king, to destroy, to slay and to exterminate all the Jews from young to old, children and women ….” (Esther 3:13)


All over the world they are rising up against us. Was it not recently, in the citadel of democracy,  that a rosh yeshiva and his rebbetzin were thrown off an airplane operated by a major airline?


Is it not in the citadel of democracy that the State of New York is extending its fingers to choke our yeshivos?


My friends, this is the week when the month Adar Shaini begins, the month during which simcha increases. How can simcha increase when the news is beyond disastrous?


Well, that is exactly the point. This is when we see the Hand of Hashem!


Rabbi Landau explained how the redemption began during the fearful days leading up to Purim under the guidance of Mordechai and Esther, who built everything on love and unity among the Children of Israel. The redemption began with the words, “Laich, knos es kol hayehudim… Go, assemble all the Jews…” (ibid 4:16)


We must be one in order to survive. We must eradicate jealousy and hatred.


There is no choice.


How did the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) commence? Let’s look at this week’s Torah Portion. “Moshe assembled the entire assembly of the Children of Israel ….” (Exodus 35:1)


Does that not say it all? In the way the work of the Mishkan commenced … in the same way the Children of Israel were saved during the days of Purim.


It all begins with “assemble all the Jews!”


We have to know that we are one! We have to throw away jealousy. We have to throw away hatred! We have to act like brothers, one family! This is not theory; this is survival!


Our rabbis in the Gemora ask how the Children of Israel will come to repentance during the Birth Pangs of Moshiach. “Rabbi Yehoshua said to [Rabbi Eliezer]: If they do not repent, they will not be redeemed? Rather, Hashem will appoint a king over them whose decrees will be as harsh as [those of] Haman, and the Jewish People will repent, and in this way [Hashem] will bring them back to the right [path].” (Sanhedrin 97b)


The terrible decrees that are falling upon us with increasing severity and frequency are coming to impart a lifesaving message. Soon the redemption will come. But first we must listen to the words of our Teacher, Moses.


When we come together as a vast multitude, united to do Hashem’s will, then we will once again have “light and gladness and joy and honor” (Esther 8:17), but this time forever, with the coming of Moshiach ben Dovid, may we greet him soon in our days!


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