September 12, 2011 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #599328
The following is published on YWN with permission of the author, Rabbi Lazer Brody (http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/).
Back in Rosh Hashana eve of 1973, Moshe Dayan and Golda Meir reassured a complacent Israeli public still drunk from the miraculous 1967 Six-Day War victory, “We’ve never been stronger! The Arabs wouldn’t dream of attacking.” On Yom Kippur of 1973, Syria and Egypt launched a two-prong surprise attack that brought Israel to its knees. Moshe Dayan was the first one to have a panic attack. Hashem saved us by a bigger miracle than 1967. Those of us who fought in that war can testify first hand.
Exactly 38 years later, we are in the same exact position. Only this time, the Arab noose is umpteen times more dangerous. Iran will have an A-bomb any day now. Al Qaida has taken over Sinai and our once quiet border with Egypt is now a powder keg. Turkey, our newest (old) enemy, i moving ships into our side of the Mediterranean. Hamas in Gaza has dangerous new Iranian and Libyan weapons, including bunker busters. Syria and Hizbulla have the nastiest chemical warheads, something beyond Satan’s imagination.
One honest IDF commander – Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg – said we must prepare for imminent war. Defense Minister Barak and company say that Eisenberg is exaggerating. Minister Yaalon is now joining the bandwagon of complacency too, saying, “No war in sight.” These politicians are spiritually deaf and blind, hearing none of Hashem’s wakeup calls.
My beloved teacher and spiritual guide, Rav Shalom Arush shlit’a, called me urgently to come see him today – he rarely does that, for we usually meet at regular intervals. He told me that his spiritual guide – the holy hidden Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz of saintly memory – came to him in a dream last night and said that in Heaven, all-out war against Israel has been decreed, a war which is supposed to break out before Rosh Hashana, in other words, within the next 3 weeks.
But, don’t be afraid. Hashem does love us and wants to be with us. But, we must be worthy of the Divine Presence. Rav Shalom told me that every single Jew must begin doing serious teshuva and self-assessment while begging Hashem to delay this harsh decree. I asked Rav Shalom, “Why pray for a delay? Why not pray for a total cancellation?” Rav Shalom said the delay is to allow more people to make teshuva. A cancellation is almost impossible, because it’s part of Hashem’s plan to bring Moshiach, in the nearest future. Once Moshiach comes, teshuva will be worthless. Today, teshuva is still worth it’s weight in diamonds. But time is running out super-fast.
I know that this post may earn me the status of the village idiot. But it’s worth it if even one family heeds me. There is little time left. Forget about the new furniture and the new jewelry. We must all raise our voices in such a manner that the Heavenly Throne shudders. This is Nineveh 2011. Please, if you love your spouse and your children, start speaking to Hashem for an hour a day. Personal prayer invokes phenomenal Divine compassion, because it’s a strong expression of emuna. Rav Shalom says, if you believe in Hashem, you speak to Him. If you don’t believe in Him, then you don’t speak. Let’s all start speaking before it’s too late.
Rabbi Lazer Brody was born in Washington, D.C. in 1949. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Maryland in 1970, he moved to Israel and joined the Israel Defense Forces regular army, and served in one of the elite special-forces units. He is a decorated combat veteran of two wars and dozens of counter-insurgence and anti-terrorist missions on both sides of Israel’s borders.
After surviving a near-suicidal mission to Beirut during the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 1982, Brody could no longer ignore the hand of G-d in his life. He became a baal-tshuva and left his mountaintop farm to study Torah in Jerusalem.
Nine years of intensive Talmudic, ethics, and legal studies, led to his rabbinical ordination in 1992. He devoted another two years of postgraduate study to personal and family counseling, and subsequently spent two years as rabbi and spiritual rehabilitation director of a major Israeli prison. There, he created a highly successful program of spiritual rehabilitation for prisoners based on Tshuva.
In 1996, Brody moved to Ashdod and became the understudy of the famed Melitzer Rebbe, a contemporary giant in rabbinical law and personal counseling. Two years later, Rav Shalom Arush opened a branch of his renowned of the “Chut Shel Chessed – Breslev” Yeshiva in the port city of Ashdod, and appointed Brody as the “Rosh Kollel”, or Dean of the rabbinical program.
Today, Lazer Brody dedicates his time to Jewish Outreach, and particularly to spreading the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev around the globe.
Brody’s first book, “Pi Habe’er”, is a contemporary commentary of Torah based largely on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev. The book has been widely acclaimed, and has received the approbations of Rishon Le’Tzion Rabbi Ovadiah Yossef, the Bes Din of the Eda Haredis in Jerusalem, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, and others. His second book, “Nafshi Tidom”, is a unique guide to coping with verbal abuse, embarrassment and insult.
Brody’s third book – his first in English – is “The Trail to Tranquility”, is available at http://www.lazerbrody.net.
Brody’s newest book, “The Garden of Emuna”, is a translation of Rav Shalom Arush’s best-selling “B’Gan Ha”emuna”.
Contact: You can reach Rabbi Lazer Brody at firstname.lastname@example.org.September 12, 2011 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #809189
I was justing thinking that yesterday when I was reading the 9/11 stories. I can feel it in the air. The Arab nations are itching for war, they have become restless and have had it too good with the peace and civility that Israel has shown them. They will fight and they will lose and they will go crying to the UN that Israel has stolen their land and are settling on stolen properties holding their people refugees of war. But this will be a wake up call to all the nations of the world who have been watching. And the United States will have to back Israel because they have no other choice and Obama will go down with his Arab brothers.September 12, 2011 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #809190
Why isn’t this any different than the birchas hachama thing, and others just like it (and lehavdil May 22nd, 2011)
I’m not knocking that people should do teshuva i’m knocking the way it’s gone about (Do teshuva b/c Moshiach is coming, war is coming, hurricane is coming)September 12, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm #809191
I can’t. I think that our world is falling apart. It is really scaring me. I am almost scared to wake up each day for fear of what crazy thing is going to happen that day. It is really scary. I know there is more I should be taking out of this and I am trying but right now I think my fear is taking over what I know I really should be doing or taking from this situation.September 13, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am #809192
Whether or not war Chas Vesholom is imminent, is academic. Each of us should be using this Elul for introspection and Teshivah. Teshuvah is its own reward. Devaikus to Hakodosh Boruch Hu can only be earned through hard work. The ultimate battle is between our Yetzer Hatov & Yetzer Hora.September 13, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am #809193
Scary! I think Israel is indeed in the brink of war. The Israelis shouldn’t make the same arrogant mistakes of the Lebanon wars, thinking that they are immortal and no one can defeat them. Israel (and Jews in general) seem to do best when pushed back into a wall (like in ’67) with seemingly no way out. Israel can’t lets it’s military might get into it’s own head again.September 13, 2011 4:28 pm at 4:28 pm #809194
Hashem has decreed an all-out war against Israel a LONG time ago. It’s called the War of Gog and Magog, the war preceding the Final Geula. Let us daven with perfect kavanah that it will be speedily in our days, sooner than any of us can imagine. Amen!September 13, 2011 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #809195
Oh my goodness!! I heard the samething from a talmud of R’ Yehuda Zev!!
I am SCARED!September 13, 2011 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm #809196
Lets not be scared, better to be prepared with tefillos and funds. We should probably also be writing the White House and our representatives to make sure that they will not only back and help Israel in the event of all out war, but they will be getting the NATO nations lined up as well.September 14, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am #809197
aries – do you really think writing to the white house would help? our own president is against us.September 14, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am #809198
Sheep surrounded by wolves. Aries, I don’t think all the letter writing in the world, would help. Let’s just face it,
Eisav sonei et Yaacov, and the only real power we have is our voices, that is Hakol Kol Yaacov, We only have our heavenly Father to call upon and NOT depend on ANY one in the U.S. government. The U.S. isn’t as influential, as it once was. It is very scary out there.
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