Don’t get me wrong. I dread the day of our own downfall, if it ever happens. But nevertheless it is beating strongly in me to warn our Jewish world that it may come if we do not even recognize the “symptoms” of our own society that will cause it to come.
An ancient prophecy in the Torah made by Ya’akov and Moshe Rabbinu reveals how in the end of days, which would be our time, a great evil is to befall “the last generation” of Israel. Two Orthodox Jewish writers published a lengthy article five years ago that explains this prophecy and how they deciphered this from the Torah codes. In the article the writers explain what the great evil is and who causes it to come. They also talk about why G-d even allow this great evil to befall Israel, and the Jewry all over the world — it is because of the DISUNITY within Israel and the Jewish people.
You can read the whole article here. But let me share with you that I believe that Joel Gallis and Dr. Robert Wolf, the two Orthodox Jewish writers, were right. The disunity of Israel and the Jewish people is the number one reason why every evil throughout our Jewish history was allowed to happen.
Think about it. How did 6 million Jews during the Holocaust died in the hands of only a few hundred thousand Nazi soldiers? The Jews greatly outnumbered them but the Nazis were like barking German shepherds herding frightened sheep into slaughter. Is it because they really were as dumb as sheeples (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”)?
If you have seen any WW2 movies about the Holocaust, you will see how groups of Jews would stand in rows for roll call in front of one Nazi officer who would bully them and choose whomever he liked to shoot in the head. One officer against 20, 30 or even 50 Jews. How can one person have victory over 50 Jews? It is because the lack of unity between the 50 Jews. Have you never heard of the saying, “United we stand, divided we fall?”
You can argue with me using psychology, as many of my friends have done in the past, and say, “In oppressed moments like this, nobody would want to work together with others and think of a plan and strategy to fight back and work it out with their inmates. It was always about surviving one day at a time.” Yes. Exactly. Every one of them had such great love for themselves and their ego that it was more important to survive and save oneself rather than laying one’s live for somebody else. Self-nullification for the sake of others was not in their dictionary. Everybody wanted to save their own ass.
This is the ultimate seed of disunity!
In the book “I was Doctor Mengele’s Assistant” by Polish Holocaust survivor Miklos Nyiszli, there was a description of how the Nazi soldiers would find the dead bodies in the gas chamber after they were gassed. The infants were always at the bottom. Then the next layer of bodies would be young children, then women or elderly people, and at the top of all the bodies were the bodies of the strongest in the group. Dr. Mengele’s assistant wrote that in panic, everybody’s survival instinct would immediately kick in. Within the 5 minutes after the gases were dropped into the chambers, people would just savagely climb up and trample on the weaker ones to save their own lives. And all that just for extending their own life for only 2 extra minutes.
Once I read of a teaching of a rabbi who said, “Those who fight to save their life will lose it. But those who give their life to others will receive it back.” He was a very wise rabbi!
Because whether you deny it or not, this spiritual law actually applies in our world. The heroic stories of Holocaust survivors that are made into movies always show many of their acts of selflessness throughout that dark period of time. It was always these selfless people, and not others, whose lives were eventually spared by G-d. And they almost always survive against all odds.
In the Holocaust movie “Triumph of the Spirit” which was based on a true story, a Jewish boxer was hired to perform in boxing matches in order to entertain SS officers. He had to fight other Jewish boxers but against all odds, he won all 200 matches, despite the lack of food and illnesses he suffered from. The boxer, Salamo Arouch, survived Auschwitz and died in 2009.
Why did G-d actually spared this boxer and not the others that lost the matches against him? There is no Mathematical or Scientific explanation to this. All the reason that I can see is the deeper spiritual background, where the spiritual law of surviving, that the rabbi I mentioned above spoke of. For every match that he won, Arouch asked for a reward: one Auschwitz prisoner to be freed.
This was an amazing act of selflessness and self-nullification. He could have easily asked for more food or a cigarette or something nice for himself. For every act of selflessness, he was offering a hand in the spirit of unity with other prisoners. And for every life he saved, as he was treating them as his own in the spirit of unity, he opened the door even wider for his own survival.
Self-nullification or selflessness is the seed of unity. And until the modern children of Israel understand this and lives by this law, evil will always befall them from one generation to the next… as if it was a test for the one scattered Jewish soul, the nefesh Yehudi. Until each piece of soul does his part to self-nullify themselves and unite with the rest of the nefesh, Holocaust will repeat… and every time probably even worse.
Until my Jewish soul and yours finally get it.