November 9, 2008

Zohar Explains American Economic Crissis

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 1:25 pm


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Saw this in the zohar this shabbos after my morning mikvah (Parshas Mishpatim 124a)
In the times of the Temple, it was tradition for Jews to travel 3 times a year to Jerusalem to celebrate the major holidays. One year during this time, they noticed many idolaters mingled with them. That year there was no blesssing in the world. So they brought this up with Rav Cham’nua the Elder for advice. He asked, “Did you see anything different”. They replied, we noticed on our return journey that the rivers were dried up, and there were dark clouds so that many pilgrims couldn’t see their way.
Rab Cham’nuna trembled and told them as followers: There is no doubt that among you were some who were uncircumcised and idolaters who were mingling themselves in your company. For at the time blessings come into the world only through circumcised Israelites. Hashem looks down and sees this holiness of his people (separated) and sends down the blessing. The next year they were more careful and when they noticed the idolaters, they separated from them. That year was one of rich blessings in the world and everyone gave much praise.
So why has America of all places been targeted by the economic problems? It is because of all Jewish areas in the world, America Jews the most have intermingled with idolaters and idealistic ways. Even if you go to Iran and see the Jews there, (there is actually a community there) they keep separated from the goyim. For a long time Americans have bought large houses, fancy cars, big screen TVs, fancy cloths and intermingled with other nations. Thereby, whenever it has been time for blessing to come into the world, it flowed from Jerusalem and went to all corners of the world. When Hashem could not find his holy covenant protected and separated in America, the blessing stopped flowing there. This is exactly what happened with the Jews in Jerusalem during their pilgrimage. They didn’t think twice about who they were intermingling with so there was no bracha, blessing. All blessing in each place of the world depends upon the Jews there and their actions. As soon as Jews start to separate themselves and this truly means, living different and holier, the economic problem will change immediately. This change starts with one person and then that one person effects the next. Now why has the economic problem also hit us Americans living in Israel. Well in truth, we still have trouble separating ourselves from the ways of the idolaters. When we do so, we too can be included in the blessings of Eretz Yisrael. Now of course this problem is also global but it has mainly hit those areas that have intermingled the most. Just like in the times of the Temple, blessing changed right away the next year when they made changes, so too, the problems in America will soon begin to change as Jews are reflecting more and more about what is important. May Hashem look down and see the suffering of his people and say, ENOUGH!

4 Comments

  1. B”H
    Sh’lom!
    Would the same warning against Jews having too much contact with the goyim apply also to contact with Bnai Noah, who are uncircumsised but are no idolators?

    Comment by Teodor — November 10, 2008 @ 5:37 am

  2. It is not refering to Bnai Noach.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — November 10, 2008 @ 5:48 am

  3. 🙂

    Comment by Teodor — November 10, 2008 @ 5:51 am

  4. B”H

    Dear Reb Moshe,

    Again, it will get better because it must. But more than that, the Holy Reb Yisroel of Ruhzin showed us something very special. That for myself, the soles of my shoes are bare. But for others, they should see that Torah brings great abundance. great revelations. again, not for myself, chas v’sholom, but for you Reb Moshe.

    A Tzaddik, a Rebbe, enters into the outer garments of a fellow yid. The Tzaddik’s gold vestments, his outer splendor in this world, is the love he has for a fellow Jew. Down to the level that even the physical comfort of another Jew should be taken care of. Because the Jew is in pain. He needs food for his family, shelter and clothing. The spiritual will come, but the golden garments of physical splendor cannot wait.

    This was the holy Ruzhiner. The world was created for you my dear Jew, that you should benefit from it, and see the wonders and appreciate the delights of Hashem’s Creation. This, says the Ruzhiner, is my life and purpose. My reason and delight.

    As men of aspiring piety, we tell ourselves that we need not this physical world. It’s all candy. Let’s dump it and move on.

    But every child needs a candy. Gifts from the malach Michoel. It is our job to go to the candy store, find his favorite treat, and give it to him. In the child’s eyes we will become his superhero. it is only from the honey on the letters of the alef beis that we can then teach something so special. That those letters are even sweeter without the honey.

    Reb Moshe, we are long overdue for a farbrengen. But if I could sum up these stream of thoughts, is that my treasure is your treasure, and your treasure is my treasure. Meaning, the role of each Jew is to go into the candy store, the material world, and find the most wonderful gifts he can then present to his friend.

    Even if his friend desists. spurning this material delight. Know that every child needs his candy.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — November 10, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

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