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HaRav Shternbuch: “Hakadosh Baruch Hu Is Shaking Up The Whole World”

HaGaon HaRav Moshe Shternbuch spoke about the Surfside disaster during his weekly shiur on Thursday.

“We heard about the great tragedy that happened last week in Miami, in which many were killed, including Jews, r’l,” HaRav Shternbuch said. “Recently Hakadosh Baruch Hu is shaking up the whole world, first with the coronavirus which struck the whole world, and afterward in Meron, which is a central place for Beis Yisrael, and afterward, with more blows in Eretz Yisrael and America, and many are asking why Hashem is doing this to us.”

“We need to view all this as a type of ‘Bas Kol’ from Shamayim, calling to us that we shouldn’t depend on nature but only on Hakadosh Baruch Hu, Who rules the whole world, and His koach and gevurah fills the world -‘where can I flee from You?’ And we have no eitzah except Hashem Yisbarach, Who controls everything. Without His hashgacha over the whole world at every moment, the world would revert to nothingness.”

“It has been transmitted to us by Rabboseinu that before the coming of Moshiach, when the time comes that Hashem wants to redeem us, He’ll prove to us that we can’t obtain a yeshua through natural means. Hakadosh Baruch doesn’t send His yeshua to Yisrael until we recognize that the yeshua is dependent only on Him. Therefore Hashem is wreaking terrible disasters in Eretz Yisrael and Chutz L’Eretz to show us that we have no hope according to derech hateva and we’re forced to trust in Him.”

“The Mishnah at the end of Sotah says what will be at the time of chevlei Moshiach – ‘We’ll have no one to lean on but our Father in Shamayim’ – that our tzaros will be so terrible that we’ll recognize that ‘We have no one to lean on but our Father in Shamayim.’ When we achieve this recognition, that’s when Hashem will protect us and bring a yeshua.”

“And this is our obligation. If we think that we can be saved through darchei hateva, then more gezeiros, chas v’chalilah, will continue to occur, gezeirah after gezeirah. And only when we accept on ourselves with emunah sheleimah that the yeshua will come only from Hakadosh Baruch Hu, then Hashem will protect us and save us.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

18 Responses

  1. Stop the gay parades in Yerushalayim. Close the tattoo shops in Yerushalayim. Stop the chillul shabbos in Yerushalayim. Maybe that’s why Meron happened.

  2. “and many are asking why Hashem is doing this to us”
    LOOKING THE RELIGIOUS PART, “YES !!! JUST “LOOKING” THE PART, WHILE THIS ONE DECEIVES A LITTLE, THIS ONE CHEATS A LITTLE, THIS ONE LIES A LITTLE, THIS STEALS A LITTLE, THIS ONE CLOSES HIS EYES A LITTLE, AND WE ARE HAVING A GREAT SATISFYING DAY!! Then when tragedy strikes, many are asking why Hashem is doing this to us ????????????????????????? Wake up !! People are learning Torah but are NOT LIVING TORAH !! If they were, do you think the Hashem would bring on these things on us ???? Are we that Blind that we even asking “why Hashem is doing this to us” ?? The yeshua will come only from Hakadosh Baruch Hu. ut we have to be deserving of it……………

  3. of course it has nothing to do with telling talmidim to block roads ,and treat israeli soliers with disrespect,

  4. every person should look and see what he himself has to change. all this looking around at other people and pointing fingers is silly and pointless. we need to make a cheshbon hanefesh for OURSELVES and see what each individual needs to work on. Everyone can look at others and say that they need to do this or that, what do you as an individual need to fix? take five minutes and think about it and do something about it. don’t just sit angrily pointing fingers at other people, it accomplishes nothing (or often has a negative effect). focus on your on teshuva not on other peoples.

  5. That’s definitely not what Rav Sternbuch said, but Rats Rats obviously thinks he’s much smarter than Rav Sternbuch so he’s letting us know what the problem was.

  6. Torah im Dass: by the wording of your post, you neglected the second part of your posting name. The Rav was trying to avoid getting caught up in the latest political broigas but instead focused on each of us accepting the reality that it is our own PERSONAL behavior that will collectively bring the yeshua and z’man moishiach. If you believe that embracing the Trumpkopf or his clones in EY will bring a yeshuah for you than you will have a long wait.

  7. You go & vote with your followers for religious parties, and increase religious representation in Knesset, and until then, don’t lecture anyone other than your immediate followers.

  8. To torah I’m daas
    So are you saying he does not oppose the Jerusalem gay parade and the tattoo shops.

  9. Or… I dunno… use the brains that Hashem gave us. Wear masks, follow quarantine rules, and getting vaccinated stop the pandemic. Hashem gave us the disease and cure (or at least the prevention). If the condo board in Florida had built up a cash reserve (and many states require, but NO REGULATION!!!!!), it could have fixed the structural problems that caused the collapse of the building.

    Hashem doesn’t operate in a vacuum. These are not the times of Korach when the Earth swallows people out of no where. Hashem works through people. When people are smart, responsible, caring, loving, charitable, sympathetic, empathetic, and forward-looking Hashem gives us a better world THROUGH our actions.

    A gay pride parade in Jerusalem or Miami didn’t cause the condo building to collapse. It was poor management and maintenance by the condo’s leadership for decades. As my Gemara Rebbi said, “if you’re carrying your lunch tray and you trip and drop it on the floor, it’s not a message from Hashem. It means you’re a clutz and you should watch where you’re going.”

  10. רבן שמעון בן גמליאל אומר: ״על שלשה דברים
    העולם קיים, על הדין ועל האמת ועל השלום

    The world exists upon three things: Judgement, Truth and Peace.

  11. I think the first thing we have to do is stop pointing out where everyone else is wrong
    every person should be looking to improve himself

  12. OrechDin. “Gemara Rebbi said, “if you’re carrying your lunch tray and you trip and drop it on the floor, it’s not a message from Hashem. It means you’re a clutz and you should watch where you’re going.””

    Unfortunately that’s against a befeirishe Gemora. Noone stubs their toe down here unless it was [determined and] announced Above first.

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