Saturday, 11 August 2012
"I will save My people from the east country, and from the west country..."
Are we in Geulah or Galuth? Geulah is about coming home. About putting your feet on the dirt of your ancestors Land and walking where your fore fathers walked. We have come home and we are coming home now. The World is crumbling and yet we persist and continue to build that which is ours. The Creator of the World has kept his promise and yet we are still waiting for the complete fulfillment, but that in of itself is the problem..."waiting."
The Creator wants us to build. We are required to build his Land and his Mikdash:
יב אין בונין את המקדש בלילה, שנאמר "וביום, הקים את המשכן" (במדבר ט,טו)--ביום מקימין, לא בלילה; ועוסקין בבניין מעלות השחר, עד צאת הכוכבים. והכול חייבין לבנות ולסעד בעצמן ובממונם--אנשים ונשים, כמקדש המדבר; ואין מבטלין תינוקות של בית רבן לבניין ואין בניין מקדש דוחה יום טוב
-Rambam, Mishneh Torah Sefer Avodah Perek 1
The key point in the above halacha of the Rambam is that everyone in Am Yisrael has to help build the Mikdash. This is not just a special mitzvah for the King, but rather the entire Am has a duty to do this.
Eretz Yisrael is about building. Geulah is that moment in time when we realize we have come to our Land, the "Land of Milk and Honey;" To build our redemption and to finish the job that our ancestors were waiting for over the last 20 centuries.