By now we have had enough of what the “powers that be” have been thinking about and planning since Pharaoh, who famously said, “Get ready, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they increase, and a war befall us, and they join our enemies and depart from the land.” (Exodus 1:10)
Them, is us. The Israelites then are the Jews now. The land is Egypt, Mitzrayim, the land of constraints and slavery. Everything I described earlier and so much more started here among human beings in this world, after waiting for Avraham’s chosen family to grow into a nation and eventually return to its intended Land (which Pharaoh did not wish to see accomplished).
Fortunately, in our time we may look back to our Prophets, read them carefully and see what is left to fulfill. There isn’t much left. To summarize:
- We have been subject to an extremely long exile, accompanied by horrifying persecution and attempts to wipe us out many times over, and which would have indeed exterminated us had we not been protected from Above.
- We’ve come back to our land after an extremely long exile, which still exists in the hearts of all too many – even here in Israel.
- The land has responded to our return by flowering and putting forth fruit. This sign is undeniable. The “Palestinians” learned this the hard way before Gush Katif was created by the Jews, and now, after the expulsion as well. Everything that has happened since is a distraction from this lesson (not to mention mightily dangerous for all involved).
It has been said that the Final Redemption will be like the first one, from Mitzrayim. Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher of Diaspora Yeshiva writes in Torah Tidbits Parashioth Shof'tim and Ki Tetze:
The prophet Micha (7:16) states, “As in the days of your leaving Egypt, I (G-d) shall show them marvelous wonders.” The prophet’s words imply that the Exodus from Egypt is the precedent for the Geula Sh'leima (Complete or Final Redemption).
The Midrash Tanchuma states, “Just as in Egypt, I (G-d) shall redeem you in the Messianic future and shall perform miracles for you.”
Indeed, gradual, phased redemption is already found in Egypt, as in the Four Redemption Expressions with which G-d addresses Moshe, “Therefore tell Israel that I am G-d,
1. and I will remove you from the suffering of Egypt,
2. and I will save you from your enslavement.
3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.
4. and I will take you to Me as a people ... I will be for you G-d.” (Sh'mot 6:6,7)…
…The redemption comes when Israel recognizes Hashem as our G-d, as occurred during Stage 4 of the redemption process which was at the Sinai Revelation.
Yet the Torah goes on and brings a fifth expression of redemption: “And I will bring you to the land which I swore that I will give to Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov; I will give it to you as an inheritance, for I am G-d. (Sh’mot 6:8). (emphasis mine - CDG)
So, what does national recognition of haShem entail? We know that the nation of Israel was commanded to perform three commandments (mitzvoth) upon their entrance into the land of Israel (Sanhedrin 20b):
- Appoint upon themselves a king
- Eradicate the offspring of Amaleq
- Build the Holy Temple (Beit haMiqdash)
But now, over the last 6-and-a-half decades or so, we find ourselves to have become stuck in a quagmire: It takes a lot of emuna to tackle the problem of not being able (or willing?) to exercise sufficient sovereignty for our needs – forget about the nations and organizations who wish to see us gone and their tools, whether Middle Eastern nations, BDS, education, media...you name it. How much longer are we going to hold out, and what are we waiting for?
Will this help? (It doesn't have to be the "established Sanhedrin" we have now; but we do need those who have the power to do so, to seriously consider whether this is the right time to form the real one. If they're for real themselves.)
For further discussion:Why is democracy not sufficient and why do we need a king? | Woe unto a generation with judges like these | The Electoral System for a King | The High Court is killing us | "The High Court Is Killing Us" OR Are You Ready for the Court in Shamayim? | "He Who is Merciful to the Cruel will Endup Being Cruel to the Merciful”
UPDATE: Remember that the Ba'al Shem Tov said this generation would see a lot of rabbis and they would be the ones delaying Geula! Be careful whom you take as your rav!
UPDATE 2: the Ba'al Shem Tov anecdote immediately linked to above can be found in a sefer (book) called Otzar haChaim (Treasury of Life). I cannot find a link to the text of the passage online.
UPDATE 3: Rav Yaak found it in Hebrew (I never would have; so thank you, Rabbi.). If you read Rashi script, you may read this version that he found (It didn't cover my entire screen, so you may have to scroll down to the passage.).