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20 Iyar 5762 - May 2, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Musing on Moshiach

To The Editor:

The article on the Chavlei Moshiach (29 Adar) reminded one of the tens of thousands of atomic weapons around the world, ranging in size from the 1 kiloton (equivalent destructive power of TNT) suitcase bomb that could destroy a city block, to the 100 megaton Russian "Tsar Bomba" that can destroy an entire country. Just one of the 600 foot long Leviathan-like U.S. Trident or Russian Typhoon class submarines is capable of destroying 50 cities in less than one hour.

HaRav Boruch Horovitz once said that a special brochoh should be instituted for the fact that there hasn't been a nuclear war!

During the Yom Kippur War, On October 23 1973, the USA declared a DEFCON 3 world-wide nuclear alert, even as 100,000 Soviet paratroops prepared to intervene to rescue the Egyptian armies. A bolt of fear was felt by many men that day: "The day will come that will burn like an oven!" (Malachi 3). "Damascus will cease being a city: it will be a heap of ruins" (Yeshaya 19). Shir Hashirim Rabboh 2 speaks of the Moshiach coming in a generation deserving of destruction, indeed that will be capable of destroying itself.

". . . and this will be the punishment . . . their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth" (Zecharya 13 & 14). With the power of the Atom bomb a person can be standing, and then in the next second before he hits the ground be completely consumed. Before the Atom bomb, no weapon had the capability of such destruction.

At the time when warships will come to attack "Ashur" and "Ever" (Iraq and Iran?), Bilom in his last prophecy (Bamidbar 24) wailed, "Oy mi yichye misumo E-l - - "Woe! who will survive when G-d does this?" which the Zohar interpolates as, "Mi yichyeh miYishmoel? The World Trade Center attack gave frightening import to the Zohar's warning.

We pray soon for a complete and total geulah sheleimoh wherein will be fulfilled Hashem's promise: "Behold I will create a new heaven and a new earth; and the former one will not be remembered nor even come to mind!" (Yeshaya 65)

Yours Truly,

Amnon Goldberg


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