Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Immense Challenges of the Present Exile

The Maharal states in Netzach Yisrael: "In order for the new state of Redemption to be born the previous state must first dissolve." 

His descendant, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, added [in Torah Ohr] that this is why shortly before the Jews were redeemed from Egypt, the exile worsened. 

In preparation for the new revelation at the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, whatever light remained had to be withdrawn. 

His great-great grandson the Rebbe Rashab explains in a Chassidic discourse that during the final exile, it is our task to elevate the highest sparks that have fallen the lowest. 

This is the reason for the immense challenges that we face during the present exile. 

[L'maan Yishmeu]


Leah said...

Yes, Devorah, so true. I have been going over this with my wonderful charusa each week. In order for this world to be changed and for us to enter into a kingdom where Hashem reigns supreme, the world of lies and evil must be obliterated. In order for this to take place, the evil comes to a boil and, well, we see clear examples of this daily, unfortunately.
On the one hand, it's scary and on the other it is eye opening and a process that is showing us we are on our way to a better time and place. Transition is never easy. I should take my own advice regarding having emuna in these trying times.
Gut moed. :)

Devorah said...

Thanks Leah, it's good to be reminded of why we are going through this. As bad as it can get, there is a reason why we have to endure it. As Rav Kook said so many years ago.... before the world of the truth can come the world of lies must disappear.

Leah said...

Yes, that's right. Be well. Hope things are good by you. Wishing you a gut moed!