Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"He Who sets the boundaries of the waters of the seas"

And G-d said, "Let the water that is beneath the heavens gather into one place, and let the dry land appear," and it was so.
ט. וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יִקָּווּ הַמַּיִם מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמַיִם אֶלמָקוֹם אֶחָד וְתֵרָאֶה הַיַּבָּשָׁה וַיְהִיכֵן:

I am sitting here in the sunshine of Yerushalayim, ever so grateful that HaShem has allowed us to live in the most beautiful city on earth. However, my thoughts are flooded with concern for friends and our Jewish family of Yidden, and all peoples, in America threatened by hurricane Sandy as she roars through several states unleashing the ocean's waters from their boundaries. HaShem gave the waters on the earth on the third day of creation a directive not to go beyond their boundaries, set by the sands of shorelines.

But what are they witnessing before their visual amazement? The waters are overflowing their boundaries. In all the coverage of Sandy's strange path through the ocean ('hugging the shoreline,' 'veering strategically left,' 'unleashing her might surrounding Manhattan,' and then in a reversed question-mark path' continuing) onto land, I have not heard anyone exclaim that "the Hand of G-d, is G-d angry with us! He has loosened the boundaries of the sea."

This experience should produce introspection, a delving into one's psyche to grasp a message embeded in this mega-storm. An "ultra-shattering" event occuring between the Parsha of Lech Lecha where HaShem instructs Avraham to leave his country and family for the promised land, and the Parsha of Vayera and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Could there be a message here for the "undecided" Jews in America?
  • Who will lead the once great Republic away from a atheistic socialistic philosophy toward a restoration of G-dly values?
  • Unclear about one's heritage and one's Jewishness? 
  • Ambivalent about supporting the holiness of our G-dly inheritance of Eretz Yisrael?
  • Antagonistic about returning home and living under the Wings of G-d's message to the world in the fulfillment of ancient prophecies, giving birth to the cities, farms, and Jewish babies on the Land.

How could one remain undecided about who Governs this world and what He wants from us! Who causes the sun to shine, Who loosens the boundaries of the seas upon the sands of the shores.

Midrash Bereshis on the creation of the waters:

"On the third day, the earth was as flat as a plain, and the waters covered the entire surface of the earth. And when out of the mouth of the Almighty there issued the command "Let the waters be gathered together . . . and let the dry land appear" (Genesis 1:9), mountains and hills rising up in different parts of the earth emerged over its entire surface, so that it became pitted with many valleys.

As the core of the earth rose up, the waters rolled down into the valleys [and became seas]. Forthwith, swelling with pride, the waters rose in order to cover the earth as at the beginning.

But then the Holy One rebuked them, subdued them, placed them beneath the soles of His feet, and measured out their extent with His own span, so that they should neither enlarge nor diminish. And as a man makes a hedge for his vineyard, so He made the sand into a hedge for the seas, so that when the waters rise and see the sand before them, they turn back and recede."


At November 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Lakewood

With much of Lakewood NJ still without power for days, I humbly feel that Hashem is trying to send us a message that: "we" are putting out the light the power of the beauty of Lakewood, the largest town in the US of Torah learning. The light of the Kedusha the light of thousands of Torah learners right here in our town of Lakewood is being distinguished by us with our actions

We have more Yeshivas and Mesiftas than in any other town or city in America BY"H so we have more responsibility to keep Hashem happier with our way of life, get closer to Hashem as to be an example to the world how a Ben Torah is to behave

It's time for all of us to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh and see what could be corrected to bring back the light of the Shechinah to Lakewood the town of Torah and Chessed the town that was build by the big Rosh Yeshiva z"l

If we don't take the message from this storm seriously who knows what other difficult messages Hashem might have to send us in order to wake up and do Teshuva?

Take a moment and think...are we truly living a spiritual life at least similar to our great grandparents, the way they lived when they arrived in America some 60 years ago? or are we indulged in our clothing, i.e. shoes, jewelry, belt, coat, & mink coats, handbags, boots, sun glasses, non-stop shopping, hunting for bargains, living in restaurants, redoing our kitchens every so often, always planning our next vacations, now Leshem Mitzvah we are busy planning our winter vacation, and of course don't forget Motzai Shabbos hot Pizza & fries, eating it in the pizza shops with mixed company, we have turned into a major "planning board" not leaving enough time to see and plan our lives as "how to serve Hashem better”

Lets be honest it's almost impossible to walk the streets and keep our eyes clean, and yes, I am referring to neighborhoods of Bnai Torah and Chassidim, not in Harlem, Miami Beach or Las Vegas etc.

The "Franken-Storm" effect has been felt by many of us, we are all suffering because of it, one way or another, but..... The million dollar question is: are we waking up to Hashems cry?

Now it's our duty to be strong and say to Hashem:
OK we are ready to change our lives, our materialistic lifestyle that we have lived up to now, will change!!! We’ll start getting ourselves ready for the coming of Moshiach by living a true Torah life. BTW when Moshiach arrives there will be nothing left of all our Gashmius, so get a head start...and get rid of it now. Lets be more careful with all of the Halochos and 613 Mitzovos of our special sweet Torah.

Thank you for giving up your time and reading this note of Chizuk. Please copy and paste in Shuls, schools etc. so others can get Chizuk too.

s.p. It would be nice if everyone takes the Frankenstorm warning from Hashem very seriously to prevent future catastrophes.

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