The carnage of Eastern Europe dislodges the faith of many Jews who expect 5408 to be the Year Of The Messiah.
Then again, some say that the tragedy was an indication that Messiah is at hand, for the Kabala speaks about the Messianic era in terms of childbirth. Perhaps these were the foretold Birth-pangs Of Redemption. Indeed, only the coming of the Messiah can justify such horror.
For many in the early 17th century, the Messiah must come now. Anything else is unthinkable.
A most unthinkable series of events will follow.
Let us pause and reflect before continuing.
Western European Jewry was decimated in the 16th century and Eastern Europe fell in the 17th century. The Middle-East, which hosts many descendants of the Spanish exiles, is about to go up in flames of a different nature. Most of what's left of world Jewry will be swept away with them.
From this historical vantage point I ask the following question. What is the probability that there will be Jewish people in the 20th century? Other than the archeologist, will anyone else be around to know what a Torah looks like, what that word even represents? Do you think, perhaps, that there will be a few Jews left in Palestine, broken, nearing extinction, and living under inhospitable conditions?
As stated earlier, Jewish history, and especially recent history, seems to be a series of events that make the survival and continuity of the Jewish people appear to be impossible.
The Torah was received some thirty-three centuries ago. G-d Himself proclaimed that there will always be a Jewish people and that the Torah will never be forgotten. How will this occur? With miracles? G-d makes no promise of miracles. When was the last time you saw Him do one?
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