Oשנה טובה ומתוקה! Shannah Tovah umetuakah!
I want to share something I’ve been trying to focus on this past Rosh Hashannah and in general the past week.
Rosh Hashanah Has such a luxury feel to it, we’re eating good food, having a good time with our family and friends, we are resting and relaxing, there’s no work that needs to be done. Life seems good, what else would we need? That’s the problem. We feel like we aren’t missing anything. Here’s a little story that explains my point.
Three decades ago one of The Ba’al Shem Tov, z”l, students was making a trip to Israel. Back then a trip to Israel was full of dangers and risks, the student went to The Ba’al Shem Tov and asked for a blessing and advice. The Rabbi blessed him and gave him one advice, to make sure he thought twice before speaking. The student left and went on his journey to Israel.
In the middle of the voyage, there was a huge storm that forced the ship to land on an island, it was Friday and the sun was setting, Shabbat was almost here! The student frantically looked around for anywhere he could stay for Shabbat, finally he found an old shack and to his surprise an old Yid(Jew) lived there, he eagerly aggreed to let him stay there for Shabbat. The Shabbat went by and before the student left, the old Yid asked him one Question:”How are the Jews in Galut (exile)?” The student replied without thinking:”the Yid gets along”. As soon as he had said this, he remembered his Rabbi’s advice he was so distraught He returned back to the Ba’al Shem Tov without going to Israel. the Rabbi asked him did you keep my advice? The student replied with anguish :”No! I have broken your advice!” He told him of the old yid and his question, when the Rabbi heard what he had answered he began crying and crying. Finally when he stopped the student exclaimed:”what is it? What is it Rabbi?what have I done?” And this is what the Rabbi said:
“I saw in heaven Avraham Avinu begging in front of G-d to end the Galut (exile) ,to end the suffering and to bring back his People to Israel, he was begging and weeping. Finally God told him to go to earth and ask a Jew how galut is? If exile was really that bad? G-d placed Avraham on an island and sent him, you. Since galut isn’t so bad, as you said, the Geulah (redemption) is still on hold.”
Wow, I don’t think there is a need for me to explain any farther. This story really motivates me to remind G-d over and over, we aren’t ok with this Galut state we are in! We need Mashiach, we need The Gealah NOW! We can’t live in this fallen world any longer! Bring an end to all this suffering, sickness, death, sin, war, hatred, evil and so much more we can’t even list them all.
We aren’t excepting this state!
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
Shanah Tovah! And may We hear Bmehrah Byamenu (soon in our days) the one shofar blast that will bring us all back to Him!