Thursday, 26 March 2020

Wake up, my children!

by Yaakov from GYE (See all authors)

Wake up, my children!

My dear brothers and sisters, it is not our way on GuardYourEyes to post these kind of images nor to write these kind of articles. But I feel that perhaps there is no choice due to the extenuating circumstances we all find ourselves in.

I recently came across this frightening recording from Arutz-7 from someone who is sick with the Coronavirus. I encourage everyone to listen to it even though it's difficult, because Hashem is calling out to us to WAKE UP.

The Torah makes it clear that we can either be slaves to Pharaoh in Mitzrayim or we can be servants to the Almighty. The question is asked, how did Pharaoh get the Jews to start working for him? After all, until the slavery began, the Jews had enjoyed a royal status in Egypt due to Yosef's high postion (and his having saved the country from famine). Our Sages explain that Pharaoh first tempted the Yidden to work for him with money. He even joined them in the work at first to show how much he valued their contribution. Slowly but surely, they got pulled in to becoming full fledged slaves, beaten and forced to work without pay under the harshest conditions.

The Yetzer Hara is the same. He temps us with pleasures at first, but in the end we become his slaves and life becomes so bitter. In contrast, the ways of the Torah may feel bitter in the beginning as we struggle to leave Mitzrayim. But serving the Almighty turns out to be so sweet! As the pasuk says (Tehilim 34:9), "Taste and see how good is Hashem, happy is the man who trusts in Him". Why does it say "Taste and see" as opposed to just saying "Hashem is good"? Because we are like children who don't yet know the pleasure of food and we spit it out at first. But Hashem is like a parent cajoling us, "Taste my child, and you will see how sweet it is!"

In the end we we will all have to come to the realization that we can either be slaves to Pharaoh in pain and bitterness, or servants of Hashem. As the pasuk says (Devarim 28:47): "Because you did not serve Hashem your G-d with joy and a good heart from all good, you shall serve your enemies in hunger, thirst and want".

Hashem loves us too much to just sit back and let us be slaves to Pharaoh forever. He is "REBOOTING" all of mankind now in preparation of the ultimate redemption. As Pesach draws near, we are being brought to our knees and must decide who we want to serve. Will we finally accept the initial discomfort of the Yoke of Heaven (and yes, it truly does feel bitter at first to turn away from the Yetzer Hara's fake seductions) or will we continue to serve Pharaoh and suffer needless pain?

Today is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the month of our redemption. The word "Chodesh" means RENEWAL. Let us finally leave Mitzrayim behind us and follow Hashem into the desert to receive His precious Torah!

Let us finally choose LIFE, before its too late.