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Parsha of the Week

The Story Of Our Generation

"We are almost in the month of Nissan, the month of Redemption. How we yearn for the geulah. As our Exile becomes more painful and our hearts ache with sorrow, grief and fear, many of us find ourselves crying out to our Father in Heaven:

"Tati, we can't take it any more. We cannot cry another tear. We have none left. We're willing to give up all the toys of Exile: the cars, the cell phones, the entertainment, the 'good life' we have learned to pursue ... all of it! Just bring us back to our Holy Land in peace and harmony. Let us immerse ourselves in Your Holy Torah. That's all we want. It is enough!"
Nissan is the month in which Redemption becomes reality. But how do we bring it about? What can we do?
On April 8, 2009, we will recite Birkas haChama, the Blessing on the Sun. Our rabbis have instituted this prayer to be said every twenty-eight years when the sun returns to the exact position it occupied relative to the earth at the moment of original Creation.
But that's not all.
Occasionally, a few times throughout history, Birkas haChama has fallen on the 14th of Nissan, the day before Passover. One of those times was directly before Yetzias Mitzraim, the Exodus from Egypt. Another time was directly before the original miracle of Purim.
The next time will be ... next year.
According to the Kadosh Elyon, the Ostrovster Admor, this will be the very last time in history that Birkas haChama can fall on the day before Passover and that, "shortly afterward, the Redemption must come."
That's right - the cosmic event that preceded the two greatest Salvations in the history of the world will take place again next year.
We know the Children of Israel are chosen by God to be His emissaries in the world, to live by His Torah in the Holy Land. Why is it that we are universally hated, reviled, cursed and attacked? Why are we the universal scapegoat? Why is the entire world shooting words, bullets and missiles at us?
Why? Because the world's peoples are trying to kill God Himself, trying to free themselves from moral restraints in order to carry on their depraved lifestyles. They can't reach God, however, so they attack His emissaries.
But we seem so helpless, so weak, so powerless. What can we do?
Look at the events of Passover. The Children of Israel were subjugated and enslaved, victims of the "superpower" Egypt. No one could challenge the "mighty" Pharaoh. Then came a man named Moses, a servant of the Almighty. God ruled that Egypt must fall, and Egypt came down like a pile of matchsticks or a house constructed of playing cards. The mighty nation disintegrated before anyone knew what was happening. What had seemed the ultimate power, a civilization that would never end, blew away like a puff of smoke.
We must not be blind to the signs that are before our eyes. Did we not see the World Trade Center topple in seconds? Did we not witness the mighty economic structure of Bear Stearns falling apart before our eyes? Did not the powerful governor of one of our great states fall in the blink of an eye? These were mighty structures and mighty men.
I am not casting aspersions on any man nor making any moral judgments. There but for the grace of God go any of us.
Yet we must know that to assume the invincibility of anything but Almighty God and His Torah is to depend upon straw. Egypt became a shambles and its great army drowned in the Red Sea. The nations of the world who strut in today's sunlight are ephemeral creations in the Eternity of God's Reality.

We must know that God is preparing great acts that, with His mercy, we will see in our lifetime. Cosmic events greater than the power of any man to control are unfolding. We cannot stop them, but, if we stick like glue to God and His Torah, we will live through them and enter a new existence so great as to be the stuff of our dreams.

When God will return the captivity of Zion, we will be like dreamers. Then our mouth will be filled with laughter and our tongue with glad song. Then they will declare among the nations, "God has done greatly with these." [Psalm 126]

Not even the mightiest of men could stop the collapse of the mighty fortress of Egypt, and no one can stop this process. When God desires to liberate His children, no man or nation can stand in the way. Whoever believes the Muslim or Western nations are strong is incorrect. They are twigs that will soon blow away in the mighty wind God is preparing.

For behold, the kings assembled, they came together. They saw and they were astounded. They were confounded and hastily fled. Trembling gripped them there, convulsions like a woman in birth travail. With an east wind you smashed the ships of Tarshish. [Psalm 48]

When the Blessing on the Sun occurs on the 14th of Nissan, not only does the sun return to its original position relative to the earth; in addition, the moon is full. Both Great Lights are in the position they occupied at the very moment of their Creation.
Every month we say the following Kiddush Levana prayer: "May it be Your will, my God and the God of my forefathers, to fill the flaw of the moon that there be no diminution in it. May the light of the moon be like the light of the sun and like the light of the seven days of creation, as it was before it was diminished, as it is said, 'The two great luminaries.' And may there be fulfilled upon us the verse that is written: They shall seek God, their God and David, their king. Amen."
When the blessing of the sun occurs on the 14th of Nissan, the universe is in exactly the same alignment as at the moment when God created this world. Then the earth was new and pure, untouched by corruption, a world of perfect sanctity, perfect law, perfect alignment between man and his Creator. This was the moment of original redemption, when God created perfect order out of chaos.

Nations of the world that dare to torture God 's chosen emissaries and challenge our eternal right to dwell in our Holy Land in peace, beware - the fate of Egypt will be yours. Soon we will see the invincible power and the salvations of God. The story of Egypt is the story of our generation."

Roy Neuberger's third book, "2020 Vision," will be published after Passover by Feldheim.It has already been released in Hebrew translation in Israel. Roy is also the author of "From Central Park to Sinai: How I Found My Jewish Soul" and "Worldstorm: Finding Meaning and Direction Amidst Today's World Crisis." He maintains websites at www.tosinai.com and www.2020thebook.co.il. His e-mail address is roy@tosinai.com.