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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
Why A Virus Doesn't Bring The Geula

Jews living in Eretz Yisroel live in the shadow of a constant existential threat.  Only through the Chesed of Hashem are we still around today after many wars and many plots.  Each one has been neutralized through the hand of Hashem who has granted us miracle after miracle against all odds.

Today's situation is scarier than ever.  An unchallenged process is marching forward that will leave our outspoken enemies with the capability of total destruction with the push of a button.  Maybe it is too late and maybe it is not.  But what if this threat could be terminated quietly without anyone gearing up for battle or entering a tank or war plane?  It could be from the most incredible Chasdei Hashem ever to occur.  No one would die, no one would be wounded, and no one would even look down the barrel of a gun even for a moment.  It would be the greatest victory since Chizkiyahu HaMelech's overnight under the covers defeat of Sancheirev's entire army.

This is the scenario touted in the street today with news of a possible crippling of our enemies weapons capability by a virus that was unleashed and has infected their systems.  However even if true this could be a Chilul Hashem of mammoth proportions.  

Even the greatest warriors knows that once you get onto the battlefield you need divine help to leave it alive.  We say "Hashem Ish Milchama Hashem Shimo".  The rest of the world echoes a similar refrain and says "there is no atheist in a foxhole."  When it comes to war your life is on the line and the line between life and death is so thin that every man understands it is beyond human control.

But what about when you are fighting locked in a room thousands of miles away from your enemy munching on popcorn behind a computer without the enemy having an inkling of what you are doing or any way to stop you.  There is no Mesiras Nefesh and nothing physically at stake.  That means that prayer and divine assistance may not even cross your mind.  And if you are victorious, you attribute all the credit to yourself, not even including Hashem in your celebration.  The Kotzker Rebbe says this is called ego or Avodah Zara which are one and the same.  There is no difference if you worship a statue or you worship yourself.

We know that Hashem empowers our enemies to stand up against us only to drive us back to Hashem.  That is because our only hope in life is if we recognize that "Ein Lanu Al Mi L'Hishaein Elah Al Avinu SheBaShamayim", we have no one to rely on except our Father in Heaven.

Surely it is true that years of fear living in the crosshairs of our enemies weapons of mass destruction can end in one second as our spouse mentions at the breakfast table that a virus wiped out the enemy's systems.  But that will only happen if upon hearing the news people would jump up from the table and run through the streets singing "Chasdei Hashem Ki Lo Samnu."  

Since I haven't seen that yet nor have a I heard anyone even mention this piece of news I am fairly sure the Geula hasn't come just yet, even if it could have been.  Chizkiyahu HaNavi was supposed to be Moshiach after defeating Sancherev, but the slight lack of emotion after passive victory that he experienced led him not to say Shira and therefore the Geula slipped through his fingers.  

We ask Hashem in Mussaf of Shalosh Regalim "Avinu Malkeinu Galei Kvod Malchuscha Aleihu", Father in Heaven reveal the honor of Your Kingdom upon us.  Hashem constantly does His part but the revelation of His Kingdom means we need to recognize it.  Until we do, we will continue to have to live under constant threat as we wait for something dramatic enough to catch our fancy.

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