Posted on August 26, 2020
There’s very little to be done about a world that’s drifting rudderless toward the shoals.
And even less to help the captain and crew while they’re in the grip of an all-consuming sea-madness.
And while we haven’t yet arrived at Géricault’s ghostly depiction of wholesale mania and cannibalism, it could very well be the direction we’re headed.
For the G-d of Israel will test us all.
And it’s precisely our sanity that’s at stake.
The challenge that we face in the lead-up to the Final Redemption – and of which we’ve already caught a glimpse during this recent Wuhan wack-out – is to discern between those who believe in the Al-mighty G-d of Israel and His holy Torah, and those who are committed to the erasure of His holy name, chas v’shalom.
And those lines are not always so easily navigated.
So in the interest of offering a little brotherly guidance, we recommend the following –
Before making common cause with anyone, be he ‘libertarian’ or Marxist, Jew or Gentile, one-worlder or isolationist, make a reckoning first.
Call forth your best judgment.
Because retaining your sanity will be based in large measure upon choosing the right comrades.
Even among Jews, there are those who seek to expunge all that’s holy and good in the world. And they, too, must be avoided at all costs.
The battle lines are regularly shifting, friends, with many switching camps as new developments and novel groupings forge fresh networks and individuals get sucked helplessly below the surf, succumbing to a cruel, end-of-days madness, which itself takes a variety of forms.
What will ultimately distinguish the sane from the mad, however, is this – and always this: one’s relation to the Creator of the Universe, the one True Judge, and His holy chosen nation, Israel.
All other considerations are secondary.
And, to be sure, a negative outlook toward either is a sure sign that a drowning is imminent – be it a tempest-tossed rage against the icy brine, or a diffident, resigned surrender to the deep.
Only awe of Hashem, Master of Legions, offers a lifeline.
The pace of events is quickening.
And that will bring into starker focus the essential nature of all of us.
Do we believe in and trust G-d, and follow His word as it was passed down to us by the hand of Moses?
Or do we scorn His written instruction and seek only to subvert, ignore or otherwise blot it out, G-d forbid?
Alan B. Harvard