So in the spirit of honesty and humility (which I clearly still don’t have, but I’m hoping it will appear one day) – I want to share with you what Rav Arush recently said about the after-death predictions about the end of the world, made by 15 year old Natan. I posted it up on my website, so you can see I was pretty taken with it myself. But this is what Rav Arush said about it (rough translation from the Hebrew, please forgive me for any errors or omissions:
“Everyone’s telling me about this boy, who said whatever he said, I don’t know exactly, but this boy, or teenager, who said that he was in the Upper Worlds, and that he saw whatever he saw. I told them: ‘It’s all nonsense! Complete nonsense!’ This boy really scared them with what he said, I don’t know what exactly he told everyone, and I haven’t heard it myself – but it’s all nonsense!
“There is not going to be any big, bad thing happening to Am Yisrael! We’re hoping that we won’t even have to have the ‘small slaps’ either, even though we are getting some slaps at the moment, to wake us up. But the blood of Am Yisrael will not be spilt! There is only going to be good for Am Yisrael! Only good!”
Everyone is free to think for themselves what this means.
The real war is a war of emuna
What I think is that it’s truly a ‘war’ of emuna. Rav Natan, Rebbe Nachman’s main pupil, famously wrote that if we would only believe in the words of the true Tzaddikim, we would already have geula.
The true Tzaddikim come to teach us that despite appearances to the contrary, God is all there is, and God is pulling all the strings, even the ones called ‘Iran’ and ‘Hamas’ and ‘Fatah’. And He’s arranging everything for the good – but the test is to believe that.
It’s a known Jewish principle that you get taken the way you want to go, and I think Rav Arush and the other true Tzaddikim are charting the course for us: Either, we can believe all the ‘predictions’, and the autistics, and the pundits, and the religious fakers who love putting fear into our hearts and taking us away from God and His mercies, or the opposite.
We can believe that God is good, that He loves us, and despite appearances, it’s also going to turn out for the best ultimately. That’s the simple path of emuna. It applies to everything in life, from finances to family to health – and it also applies to redemption.
So the choice is yours (and everyone’s…): work on our emuna, and our belief in God’s goodness, and walk with the simple emuna that we have no idea what’s really going on. OR, keep stuffing our minds full of doom-and-gloom predictions and bad news, and stress and worry ourselves to death waiting for the worst to happen.
I know which path I want to choose. And I hope God will give me the emuna and the emunat Tzaddikim to stick to it.