August 5, 2008

Praise of the other Nations

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 1:10 am

I received a nice email from a student who I sent to a Rabbi to learn for conversion. In his email he writes me that recently he traveled to England to see what chassidim were like in person. He said he was so impressed by their faith in Hashem and avodah that he sees the greatness of Hashem’s people. Every week I ask, how can it be Moshiach isn’t here when so many Jews ARE doing the right thing? We really are a great generation of Jews. The baal Teshuvah movement has grown tremmendously and Torah life thrives on all 4 corners of the globe. We all remain still of heart, waiting and hoping for moshiach.


  1. All you say is exactly the truth. The nations are beginning to recognize how great Israel is, every day more and more jews are beginning to recognize how great their heritage is. => The things are getting better.
    Moshiach is coming.

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 5, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  2. Moshiach will come yesterday very soon.

    But I see that the rate of Assimilation grows as does the BT movement, so they only cancel eachother out, so we arent growing at all.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 5, 2008 @ 5:45 am

  3. Asa is just tired!

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 5, 2008 @ 6:36 am

  4. B”H
    🙂 Asa, consider what the Alter Rebbe o.b.m. said: ” A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness. ” and The Rebbe. In addition: from The Rashab o.b.m. :
    ” When Mashiach will come (speedily in our time, amein), then we shall really long for the days of the exile. Then we will truly feel distress at our having neglected working at avoda; then will we indeed feel the deep pain caused by our lack of avoda. These days of exile are the days of avoda, to prepare ourselves for the coming of Mashiach, speedily in our time, amein.”
    So, maybe today! 🙂

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 5, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  5. Teodor, I was going to type that paragraph as a comment to this post, but I decided not to. As you likely know, the Rebbe quoted that in the Hayom Yom for 3 Av (yesterday!). Glad to see the posters on Reb Moshe’s blog on tuned to the same frequency.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — August 6, 2008 @ 1:26 am

  6. I’m glad you noticed it too. That were exactly my thoughts too. 🙂 Sh’lom!

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 6, 2008 @ 5:29 am

  7. When you say “The Alter rebbe”, Surly you mean HaRebbe HoZokein R’Yechiel of Aleksander? Or do you mean the Sar haShalom of Belz? Or The BeSHT? Or maybe R’ Shlomile the Rishon of Bobov ?

    Or when you say the Rebbe, do you mean Rebbe Nachman? Or the Aleksander rebbe Shlita? or The Satmar Ruv? Or the Gerrer Rebbe?

    And a little light may dispell darkeness, but population numbers are not affected by light or dark.

    We still have 13-15 million Jews. After so many decades. No growth.

    Because assimilation keeps it that way.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 6, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  8. B”H

    Sh’lom Asa! 🙂

    When I say “The Alter Rebbe”, I mean Rabbi Schneur Salman of Liadi, the Baal HaTanya of blessed memory, the founder of ChaBaD Chassidus.

    The second “The Rebbe” was a type-mistake- sorry.
    Yonason Shlomo means with “The Rebbe” the seventh Rebbe of ChaBaD, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of blessed memory and his book Hayom Yom (“Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.”)
    Here the link:
    With Rashab, I meant Rabbi Scholom DovBer Schneerson of Lubavich of righteous memory, the 5 Lubavicher Rebbe.

    You are right, population numbers are not (directly) affected by darkness and light, and assimilation is an awful thing. I admit to have such problem in my own family. 🙁
    But consider, that the Redemption and the coming of Moshiah is a matter of darkness and light, since it will surely occur when the Holy Sparks have been gathered and elevated by t he jews through the proper fulfilling of their Mitzvos. The growing number of Baalim HaTeschuva is a very good sign in this direction. The very fact,that Ha Shem blessed is He, through people like Reb Moshe of Tsfat is making it possible for people like me (from Germany) and you (probably US) to discuss things about Torah and Mitzvoth is itself a good sign.
    Soo, don’t despair! 🙂

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 6, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  9. The Alter Rebbe: Shneur Zalman Baruchovitch, Reb Shneur Zalman, RaZaSh, Baal HaTanya vehaShulchan Aruch, Rabbeinu HaZokein, Rabbeinu HaGodol, the GRaZ or The Rav Peace upon him!

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 7, 2008 @ 12:03 am

  10. I interpret the Alter rebbe to Be ADMOR R’ Yechiel of Aleksander 🙂

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 8, 2008 @ 3:01 am

  11. 🙂

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — August 8, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

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