“A new king arose over Egypt who did not know of Joseph … Pharaoh commanded his entire people, saying, ‘Every boy that will be born … you shall throw him into the river ….” (Exodus 1:8ff) We were threatened then and we are threatened now.
As I write these words Saturday night, December 15 and the Nation of Israel has just passed through a very tough week.
How can one stop crying over our precious brothers and sisters shot several weeks ago at Ofra? A beautiful young couple severely wounded; their baby has gone back to Heaven. Not far from Ofra, soldiers were shot and hit with rocks. Without going into more detail, this was a terribly painful week.
This is the Jewish Month of Teves, which is called “a month of anguish.” (Book of Our Heritage)
In a doctor’s waiting room, I saw a widely-read publication featuring a prominent, poisonous article by a Jewish writer castigating Israel. The same week we learned that the New York State Education Department has issued requirements which could threaten the very existence of our entire Yeshiva system.
“A new king arose over Egypt who did not know of Joseph.”
We are in danger.
There is a reason our history revolves around the Exile in Ancient Egypt. We have to learn from this, because world-wide hatred against us is increasing daily. Just as all the Children of Israel were all confined within Ancient Egypt, so today the entire world, including bitter Jews, is turning against us. There is nowhere to go … except upwards.
“The Children of Israel groaned … and they cried out. Their outcry … went up to G-d. G-d heard their moaning, and G-d remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isacc and with Jacob. G-d saw the Children of Israel and G-d knew.”(Exodus 2:23-25)
My friends, we have to cry out. We have to know that Heaven is the only address which will receive our letters. We have to scream out to our Father and King. We have to beg Him to save us. We have to know that there is absolutely nothing which will help us but Torah and kindness. We have to beg Him to send the Messiah, because the Messiah represents completely turning to Torah and rejecting all non-Torah values. There is no other path which will save us.
Last week, a young Israeli mother drove to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem to the funeral for the baby who died as a result of the Ofra shooting. On her way home, in pouring rain, her car hit an object on the road and a tire exploded. The car went out of control and landed on its side. An observant couple pulled her out. Miraculously she was saved from serious injury.
Ha malach ha goail … the angel who redeems me from all evil ….” (Genesis 48:16) We have to know the angel is here to save us in the darkness. Friday night is dark, but we sing “Shalom Aleichem.” We welcome the angels.
Hashem is waiting to send the Redeemer. Just a little while more, my friends. We have to cry out! “Ana Hashem hoshia na… Please Hashem, save now!”