Gezeras HaGolus vs. Yishuv HaAretz
Posted 03 April 2011 - 03:20 PM
Also bear in mind that the Gezeiras HaGalus is not like the Gezeirah of the Dor HamIdbar, which was a prohibition to enter EY. The Gezeiras HaGalus is not like that. Rather, it is simply a decree from Hashem that we will be spread across the earth. Meaning, even if there is a MItzvah to live collectively in EY, things will happen so that we will not all end up there. So for example, it was not always possible to go at all times and from all places to EY. The Gezrias HaGalus can cause that to happen. Plus, there are circumstances that would exempt someone from living EY even if he could do so, for example, if he cannot have Parnasah there, or if he is not on the level to go there לשם שמים for the right reasons.
When I was a teenager I asked Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky ZTL why all the Gedolim do not up and move to EY. He said because they need to take care of the Jews in Chutz La'Aretz. He also told me back then that it is harder to bring up children there, especially girls, and you cannot put your children's chinuch in danger to live in EY.
So Hashem's גזירת הגלות is simply part of His running of the world, part of His Hashgacha, and one way or another, Hashem will employ His Hashgacha by creating circumstances to enable its fulfillment.
Posted 04 April 2011 - 09:57 AM
Posted 04 April 2011 - 06:43 PM
Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:20 PM
Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:57 PM
Moshol: A sick person is on life support. People around him are saying Tehillim for him. Someone comes and asks them what they are doing.
"We are saying Tehillim for that person, for him to get off this life-support machine", they say.
"Oh? Then let's do some Hishtadlus! Watch!" And then he proceeds to pull out the plug and pull the patient off life support.
"IDIOT!" they scream. "Murderer! You pulled him off of his life support system!"
He answers: "I don't understand. First you tell me you want him to get off life support. Now you have complaints because I accomplished what you wanted?"
But his error was, life-support wasn't the problem. The NEED for life-support was. We pray for the patient not to need life-support, but so long as he needs it, we dare not take him off. The Histadlus is to cure the patient so he doesn't need the life support any longer. The "curse" is not that the patient is on life-support; the "curse" is that he needs it.
So too in Golus, so long as we are still unworthy of the Geulah, we NEED the Golus. The curse is that we are not well enough to sanctify the entire world from Eretz Yisroel. The Bais HaMikdash helped us do that. Eretz Yisroel helped us do that. But our Mitzvos got weak due to our sins and we were not longer able to sanctify the world that way. Instead, we now have to "manually" travel in Golus, all over the world, and sanctify the world like that. So long as we are still spiritually weak, serving Hashem in Golus is our only chance for Geulah. The Golus is analagous to the life support system for a choleh.
The "curse" of Golus is like cursing someone that he should be on life-support. So long as we are still "sick," we need it. Of course we should do Hashtadlus to get ourselves out of Golus! But that means being mishtadel to cure the sick person of his illness. it does not chas v'sholom mean to take him out of the hospital before he is ready.
This is why there are terrible punishments designated for violating the Gezeiras HaGalus. The Bnei Efraim all died in the desert because of that; the Bar Kochba massacre was because of that.
Leaving the Golus is like leaving the hospital. We all pray it should happen and we all try to make it happen, but we dare not do it before the proper time.