08 January 2015

It's All Part of the Process

17 Tevet 5775

It's plain to see that redemption is coming by way of a process. And many greater and wiser people than I have said it. Did you think that the "Peace Process" is called that by chance? Everything that has been happening since Oslo really is The Peace Process. It is part of the means by which Hashem is ultimately bringing peace to the world, painful though that process may be.

Given this, we who are looking for and trying to work toward the geulah shleimah have to walk a bit of a tightrope, between what is... and what it is becoming.

Take the upcoming Israeli election for example. I harbor no illusions that we can vote for redemption and get it that way. I don't at all think that the majority of the country would vote in Mashiach. First, because the majority of the country is either uninterested, even antagonistic, towards the Torah way of life or simply unsuited for it as it includes many, many gentiles who practice false religions. And second, because the current system is corrupt and crooked and controlled by outside interests.

If so, then what is the point in getting involved in it at all? For all the same reasons that we should live in Medinat Yisrael rather than in foreign lands. It is the precursor - the incubator, if you will - for Mashiach and the Restored Kingdom of David. (As was explained by Rabbi Aryeh Carmell in The Messianic Process.)

Dovid Mark of Israel Rising expressed it well when he wrote...

"Ultimately the change we truly desire is not found in politics, but if we must vote to push things forward then we should vote for the path which opens the door to the true and final redemption."

It has been said that the awakening from Above is first preceded by an awakening from below. By consciously choosing to support real Jewish leadership which is Torah-based, this can count as a vote for redemption - the arousal from below. And then Hashem will match our contribution with His own and eliminate all and everything which currently stands in the way of this much desired and yearned for reality.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and although it appears to be connected with the election, it is not at all dependent upon it. It's just a means for transition from the old world into the new.