Roy Neuberger - Dec. 28, 2018

“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!”


Recent Posts


heavenly gates Ishamael Magog terrorist peace shofar Chanukah kiddush yeshiva prayers Boaz incense King Solomon Miraglim tremors rosh chodesh bible Gog eternal kosher Maccabeans Jewish menorah Divine presence brotherhood Achashveirosh war 2020 Vision Israel Solar eclipse Western Wall priests Angel of Death angels Moshe Talmud Song of Songs liberation America cholent Tu b'Av Noah Ishmael purity Maimonides Red Sea materialism angel heaven miracle shield of Abraham Rosh Hashanah night Abrahem trees Jewish festival Genesis violence sacrifices chessed Sukkos Macabees forefathers King of the Universe keys Miriam Exodus Moshaich prophets prayer Matisyahu blessing Hasmoneans terror Zohar Eve Isaac mikveh, Sabbath Mount Zion David logic Galil G-d dreams bird Red Heifer Day of Atonement idol Banias Pharaoh Zechariah Bilaam slaves mitzva Purim Eglon Jewish holidays Ezekiel spies Beit Hamikdash Final redemption Pinchas evil spirituality Mount Hermon Jacob chaos Haman mikveh Rome Hagar judgement Land of Israel Chol haMoed stars Hebrew Abraham Teshuva Bais Hamikdosh fear compassion redemption survival pain terrorism terrorists self-worship Holiness Holocaust High Priest God King David Tefillin Passover Seder Golan United Nations Yerushalayim Babylon locusts sun shmittah patriarchs'matriarchs hubris media Ishmeal Rabbis light tablets synagogue fragrance ethics bris milah Rashi Mount Sinai Sukkah danger murder Elul redeemer Zion prophet Samuel Tallis evolution pray Earth Torah portion Chofetz Chaim paradise eternity Adam Ruth messiah Shavuos Chafetz Chaim Malbim alone Joseph tabernacle Tzuk etan Babylonia Judgement Day Parsha Canaan slavery Psalm repentance flood Sephardi Holy land prayer book Shushan Isaiah repent Rebecca Edom Rabbi Akiva Creator Psalms culture ancestors Rachel Sages Baku seder siddur Samuel the Prophet song Esau Raiders of the Lost Ark earthquake Jewish People Moab High Holy Days Garden of Eden matzos Judah spiritual Moses Laban Rosh Hashana deluge Golus Repentence kesuba miracles idolatry automobiles holy esrog Yaakov Protective edge Ashkenazi Shabbos soul Lunar eclipse persecution biblical prophet sanctity Geula rain rabbi Esther Children of Israel Sodom Sea of Galilee Passover cries Zion, Angel Torah mitzvos meraglim Second Temple lights Temple Mount Midrash Aharon Dead Sea Western World world to come resurrection Moshiach holiday New Moon Faith Mordechai evil inclination Blame India Jerusalem Terror Attack in Jerusalem yarmulke fires Holy Temple Lot End of Days Holy Ark Judaism three weeks Golden Calf king Europe creation fault patriarchs water Nation of Israel Benjamin enemies Rebbe Master of the Universe moon gossip Chanukkah Sefiras haOmer Tu b'Shvat kinneret Balak commandment Shechina tears Ammon Jews Temple Sabbath Torah scholars secret Day of Judgement salvation Prophecy Matriarchs Amalek sin Ten Commandments darkness barley leprosy Yom Kippur Amram heavenly throne Avraham minyan stones exile Samuel Egypt missiles death Tisha b'Av Leah Jeremiah plague Heavenly Mercy Jew Greeks Sarah Father in Heaven Solomon Hashem