by Shlomo Anapolle (’13)

 

This past Thursday, just before Mincha, the Beis Midrash quieted down from the boisterous everyday learning. Rabbi Taubes got up and spoke for a few minutes about the awesome opportunity that our generation has to be able to go and visit Eretz Yisrael. Many of our grandparents only dreamed of this notion, so we must be thankful everyday for this gift and not take it for granted.

 

After Rabbi Taubes spoke, Meir Finkelstein (’13) delivered an exhilarating speech based on Shir Hashirim. The Megillah tells the story of a girl trying to find her beloved, but never seems to meet him. One night, the girl is getting ready to go to bed, already in her pajamas, when her beloved knocks on the door. He keeps on knocking and knocking but the girl doesn’t get out of bed. She reasons that he will come back later or that she will find him the next day. Eventually, the knocking stops. Once this happens, the girl realizes what a mistake she has made, not taking the opportunity to answer the door. She gets out of bed runs out of the house, but cannot find him. She calls out and searches in the streets but to no avail.

The Rav cited this story in 1956, on the 8th Yom Ha’atzmaut, and explained it as a mashal between Hashem and Bnei Yisrael. There are times in history where Hashem knocks on our doors and we can see this very plainly. He shows us miracles that clearly reveal Himself and this happened during the years of the beginning of the state of Israel. He said that there are six knocks. The first knock was political in nature, in that Hashem gave us our own state on November 29, 1947 as per the United Nations vote. It was a huge miracle that the vote passed in our favor, which is what we commemorated on Thursday. One of the other knocks relates to Jewish pride. When our enemies rise up against us, we now have a voice to defend ourselves and show that our blood isn’t hefker. This knock was heard yet again during the past few weeks when our brethren in Israel were under attack. When these opportunities come around we must make the most of them and “answer the door.” We should try to make the most of all of these opportunities, by learning and davening; we do not want to waste such valuable opportunities.

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