Yesterday I posted some people's suggestions for the acronym of the coming Jewish New Year, תשע"ג
One person commented on the post:
What about 'Eit Geulateinu?'
(the time of our redemption)
A relative told me that he saw a sign hanging in the synagogue:
תהא שנת עשירות גדולה
May it be a year of great riches
Perhaps when the sign reads "Eit Geulateinu" in all the shuls and when we all wish for "May it be the year of the time of our redemption", it will be so.
The YeshivaWorld reports that "HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita has called on the tzibur “to learn and daven as there are bad gezeiros ahead for Am Yisrael”.
Let us hope this will be a year of itzur gezeirot, the halting of bad decrees.
"Yeisei V'Lo Achminei," meaning, let Moshiach come but do not let me be alive to
see him (Sanhedrin 98b). Rebbi Yochanan said that he'd give it the privilege of
greeting Moshiach in order to avoid living through the terrible days of the
Ikvisa D'Mishicha. With the Geula so close at hand why will they be worse than
the rest of the Galus?
Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz says that since the Shechina is with us in the Galus
we are protected. However, at the end of the Galus, when it is time for us to
return to Eretz Yisrael, the Shechina will need to leave the galus and come to
Eretz Yisrael to prepare and facilitate our return. During those waning day of
the Galus, we will be left on our own without protection and endless tragedies
will befall us. Only then will we realize how fortunate we were to have the
Shechina with us.
How does Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz know that the Shechina will return to Eretz
Yisrael before us? The pasuk (Nitzavim 30:3) says, וְשָׁב וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל
הָעַמִּים. Chazal tell us that the word וְשָׁב, which means, He will return,
proves that Hashem is with us in the Galus, or else it should say, "V'Heishiv,"
He will return us. Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz says that we see from here that first
וְשָׁב, Hashem will return to Eretz Yisrael. Only after the groundwork is laid,
וְקִבֶּצְךָ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים, will He bring us back from among the nations.