We live in a very fateful generation. It’s a twilight generation, something akin to bein hashmashos.
The period of radiance has passed, and we already hear the sounds of what is to come. Moreover, we are living in a period when even looking out the window can be dangerous.
Someone who is wise can already hear a voice calling out from Shomayim.
These are the words of Rav Shimshon Pincus z”l, and whether or not he had even heard of the Internet when he said them, he was already seeing past it.
In EmunahSpeak: The Call of the Hour, we quoted HaRav HaGaon Moshe Wolfson as saying that every generation has its mitzvah, and that ours is emunah. This is where the battle lines will be drawn between every Jew as an individual and the Satan/Yetzer Hora in whatever form it chooses to manifest itself at any given time.
And the main thrust of that piece was that it is not a coincidence that a number of very serious seforim on emunah in English have been published in the last few years by some very great people. One of the common threads running through all of these works is the sensitivity of their authors to what they perceive to be the call of the hour. All of them, including Rav Wolfson, as articulated in his shiurim on emunah, concur that the tenacity of the Satan’s thrust at the emunah infused jugular of every Jew will put us to the same challenges with which Hashem tested Avraham Aveinu.
They have independently come to the conclusion that it is a matter of pikuach nefesh for this last generation before Moshiach to seriously strengthen its emunah in order to stay the course for what’s coming our way.
Simply put, we’re headed for a very bumpy ride, and if we don’t buckle up with emunah we risk being thrown from this world.
We also noted in EmunahSpeak: Living With Hashem, that it’s also as close as we’ll ever get to Jewish body armor because a life with Emunah is a life that is not affected by death, by difficulty or by challenge. There is always the knowledge that it’s with Hashem, and therefore it can’t be that bad.
Our tachlis, as seen through eyes of Emunah, is to turn into destiny the fate that is subsumed in what Rav Pincus z”l has referred to as this very fateful generation.
Hashem changes the times, and in consideration thereof Rav Pincus held that we must be cognizant of what is going on around us so as to be able to devise corrective strategies.
And he didn’t mean keeping on top of the news because he constantly spoke out against wasting time reading newspapers and such.
Being cognizant of what’s going on around us as per Rav Pincus refers to those times when Hashem shows His hand, be it ever so subtly.
As we also said in EmunahSpeak: Living With Hashem, Appearances aside, we are not stuck in situations, we are placed in them. We are where we need to be. The question asked by the ba’al Emunah is not, why this is happening to me, but rather what should I do now that it is.
In other words, what are our marching orders?
It’s essential to ratchet up the staying power of our Emunah so as to brace ourselves to stand firm come what may, no matter how difficult the circumstances. But it’s not enough.
We must go on offense.
Our marching orders, as per Rav Pincus z”l, are that we should do Teshuva and swing the whole world to the side of merit.
So why are we leaving Hashem out of the cheshbon?
He reminds us that the foundation of Judaism that was laid down at the giving of the Torah was the creation of a relationship. So why are we not leveraging that relationship by crying out to Hashem to morph difficult circumstances into something more benign?
From the words of Rav Pincus z”l, as recorded above, it is clear that he was looking into the same abyss, the only difference being that unlike the others who could feel the coming storm in their bones, he could already see it and hear it, and therefore his approach was more proactive because when Someone’s knocking one has to answer the door already.