Where Are We?

A number of weeks ago, this page opened with two letters expressing opposing viewpoints as to whether the incoming administration has anti-Semitic tendencies or not. I feel that both writers are sorely missing the point.

Rabbosai, you all must agree that we are currently in galus. Even those living in gigantic houses, driving fabulously luxurious cars and making weddings for upwards of a quarter of a million dollars, would admit to that fact. Galus, by definition, means that in short order things can turn very sour and that, chas v’shalom, we can find ourselves in a life-threatening situation where we would be very fortunate if our host country just let us flee. It makes no difference whatsoever if the person sitting in the White House is pro-Jewish.

Truthfully, the only protection that we have is to daven, from the bottom of our hearts, the brachosV’liYerushalayim Ircha” and “Es Tzemach David.” It also would help if our lifestyles reflected those yearnings. While we are awaiting Moshiach’s imminent arrival, our best line of defense is to follow Rebbi Elazar’s advice (Sanhedrin 98): “Mah yaaseh adam v’yinatzel meichevlei Moshiach? Yaasok baTorah u’b’gemilus chassadim.”

We should learn Torah with utmost fervor and do chessed in its purest form.

It behooves all of your readers to see the Ramban’s introduction to Parashas Vayishlach where he delineates Yaakov’s formula in dealing with Esav and implores us to do the same when we encounter the Nations of the World. It’s interesting to point out that the Ramban’s definition of “milchamah” is not to pick up arms but rather to escape and be saved. (Of course, we have our manhigei Yisrael to advise us.)

Trump’s temperament, statements or appointments should not determine if we are, or are not, in “full galus mode.” Let’s leave it up to the B’nai Brith to pat themselves on the back when they announce that in a given year the number of anti-Semitic incidents dropped from 467 to 432. The only announcement that to us has any significance is that of the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu bimheirah biyameinu, amen.

A Wondering Wanderer