|Chapter 79 Getting out of slavery
FC with Binyamin Mar.25.08
[Everything in parenthesis is explanations and clarifications approved by Binyamin]
We are now truly approaching the great moment in history to which we have been looking forward for centuries. That is why we have all been going through such difficult times, such difficult tests ["Just as in Egypt, before the redemption the slavery and hard work was increased as it says in Shmos 5, 'And the work became harder for the people, etc.' and this is the Pre-Messianic pangs" [Hagra, Even Shlomo].
The whole world is experiencing its' final rectifications and 'classifications' (i.e. deciding the future of); the Jews, the gentile nations, the water, the earth, the mountains - everything that is alive, that grows and that is inanimate.
Every living thing is now being put to the test - its final assessment until the next phase of the creation [as the Ramcha"l wrote that the creation continuously develops in preparation for the level of eternity], which is the days of Moshiach, together with our righteous Moshiach, the third Beis Hamikdash, etc.
Yet, we are not ready. Most of the Jewish people, the most important beings in the entire creation, are simply not ready. They are not at all ready to live in a rectified world; a world of living a spiritual life. People still prefer the gashmius (materialism) over the spirituality.
If people read our words and it sounds harsh to them, they are unhappy, because they want the easy way [only the beginning is easy; the end is difficult and bitter]. They want materialism together with so-called "spirituality" - what they think is spirituality [but they don't realize that the entire materialistic way of life they once knew is completely crumbling all around them].
If they would read what is written in the holy prophecies of the Torah, they would see that our words are very gentle compared to the prophets' descriptions of all that is in store for the Jewish people and the rest of the world. They envisioned the most terrible times. Most terrible! Trials and tribulations that are almost impossible to withstand and pass.
But people don't want to hear harsh words.
Before every time of Es ratzon ('times of favor' - where our prayers are more accepted in Heaven) comes, such as Purim or any other holyday, I hear that the prayers said on these holydays are going to sweeten the harsh judgments. But don't forget that before the Second World War broke out, there were also holydays such as Purim, Pesach, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succos: all the holydays, all the times of favor. Nevertheless, a horrendous holocaust occurred that was so terrible it cannot even be described in words!
Now, too, nothing will help us if we do not repent. Nothing will help us if we do not repent. Nothing will help us if we do not repent! This is the message and this people do not want to hear.
They are prepared to do all sorts of symbolic things, but this - doing real teshuva (repentance), putting up a mechitza (divider) between themselves and the unnecessary materialism of this world - this they are not prepared to do. [See Mesillas Yesharim, 81 "the essence of all is distancing ourselves from materialism and this world and coming close to Hashem, which is the purpose of our life."]
When the moment of truth arrives, when we witness such dangerous situations beyond the perception of a tiny, weak person's mind, when the fear is tremendous - when we reach that moment in time, those that are unable to separate themselves from the "golden calf" will disappear from the world along with it - the 'golden calf' - the nonsense of this world. Since they were so wrapped up in all the materialism of this world and got used to putting such importance on every thing connected to materialism, they are therefore, not fitting to live in a world of total spirituality.
The Jews in Israel are facing the greatest danger. The greatest. The Jews living here in the Holy Land are starting to realize this. They are starting to get a little scared, even though they are continuing with their lives as though nothing was happening.
However, in Israel there is also a movement of people doing real teshuva. It is a small movement, though. The movement is made up not only of secular Jews who are now becoming religious and returning to Hashem, blessed He be, but mostly of observant Jews who are really trying to come closer to the real truth and to our Father in Heaven. These are Jews who are prepared to separate themselves from the materialistic, goyish (gentile) world [as explained in "The way of G-d", by the Ramcha"l who says that without this one cannot come close to Hashem, see there: part 1, chapter 4, 2].
Those who are not prepared to leave the excessive, goyish (non-Jewish) materialism, even though they may live in Charedi (Ultra-orthodox) places such as Jerusalem, Bnai B'raq, Beit Shemesh, Beitar, Elad, Kiryat Sefer and so on, but if they are still trying to live a materialistic life like the goyim or like the secular Jews, they will not know our righteous Moshiach.
Now, at this very moment, everyone must decide why they are alive? Why are they in this world? They must think about the day of their death and what their future holds. ["Most of his days, man thinks about his business, from hour to hour. Why should he not give even one hour of thought to his purpose in life? His purpose in the world? To what, Hashem, the king of all Kings wants of him? And what will be the end of all his dealings in life? What will come of it all? This is the best and strongest medicine man has against the Evil Inclination." Derech Etz Chaim, 60]
What will they do in the Olam Haba (World to Come)? Do they think they are going to enter the Olam Haba with their credit cards and B.M.W.? What about the men whose wives are wearing long beautiful wigs and dressed immodestly the way the gentile women dress? And the men with all their toys - with their computers and cell phones that are also digital cameras and play all sorts of fancy music, etc.
With all these toys, he will definitely go straight to Gehennom because in Heaven he will be testified against, with the claim that these toys were his whole life. Even if he davened at shul - not always, but whenever he could - put on teffilin, gave charity, etc. but his heart and mind were focusing on goyish things.
Contrarily, the Jews who distance themselves from anything Hellenistic [the Greek way of life was based purely on materialistic pleasures - as is the way of the Western world and even many religious people now who are straying from the correct path], like with the story of Chanukah, these few Jews, if they continue following the true path, will be the ones to merit living in the days of Moshiach and the third Beis Hamikdash, etc.
There really is no time. There really is no time. We must do teshuva. (see chapter 80)
That is our only lifeline and it will protect us against every type of missile; against the biological, G-d forbid, the nuclear, G-d forbid, the chemical, G-d forbid and even against the 'simple' ones that 'kill on contact'. It will also protect us from all the terrible illnesses and other such Heavenly punishments.
Hashem is going to perform very great miracles for those who do teshuva, those that drop all the materialism of this world and want nothing aside from closeness to Hashem, which means doing nothing but sitting for the rest of their lives in the 'House of Hashem'.
The 'House of Hashem' is the only real shelter and the only thing people can trust; not the IDF, not the Home front Command, not the government, not the prime minister, not the president or any other Knesset member. Only our Father in Heaven.
And if we are not with Him, He will, likewise, not be with us. It is our duty to stick with Him. And if we do so, we will be saved. We will be safe from any kind of existing danger.
What I have said so far, is not new. But it needs to be repeated, over and over again, because THAT IS THE MESSAGE. There is no other message. When exactly it will take place [the moment we have been awaiting for centuries] is interesting to know, but not the most important thing. Knowing who's going to drop what kind of bomb on whom is also not what matters.
It will happen and it will be very frightening, but it is not the most important thing.
What's important now is coming close to Hashem and becoming servants to Him alone ["For Bnei Yisrael are servants to me, etc." Vayikra 25] and not to bank debts and all sorts of toys, nor to our will to be young and beautiful, etc., to food or smoking or any other gashmi (materialistic) thing. Just servants and followers of Hashem.