Of 3,727 synagogues in the United States, 40 percent are Orthodox, 26 percent Reform and 23 percent Conservative, according to the census (I believe that is the 2001 census, which means the numbers are even better now). The most encouraging numbers are in the great increase in Orthodox synagogues and the great decrease in non-observant places of worship. If you aren’t keeping the 613 commandments, you aren’t practicing Judaism. The Baal Teshuvah movement proved the necessity of being observant. B”H
A big phenomenon that has occurred is in way the people act. In the 1950’s everyone tried to be a WASP, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Blacks tried to act as white as can be, women were as subservient as can be, foreigners hid their birthplace and pretended to be as American as can be and Jews tried to completely assimilate and act as non-Jewish as can be. It was quite the shocker when a Roman Catholic became President of the US in 1960. John F Kennedy broke the mold. How many people then would have believed that today we have a black, Muslim, Communist, non-American for a President?
What caused much of the change? The first answer is, of course, Hashem – preparing the world for now. How did Hashem do this? Through people. The biggest influence was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His civil rights movement changed the US and the world completely. Blacks started to be proud of being black and decided they didn’t have to sit in the back of the bus anymore. Women started to demand equality and changed the workplace, the education system, the government, the judicial system, etc. Foreigners were proud of their homelands and even their language. But the best effect of all was Jews coming out of the closet and being Jewish. It wasn’t perfect and still isn’t, but it is 1,000,000% better than when I was a young lad.
Hashem sent plenty of messages telling us how much more we needed to do and even telling us it was time to come home. The number of Jews who started to make Aliyah was very exciting to the point that there are more Jews in Israel now than in the US (a statistic that changed not too many years ago). The strong messages, that Hashem is sending now, are causing the highest increase of Jews trying to make Aliyah ever. What messages? The crime rate (statistics show the US has the highest crime rate of any county in the world), the financial upheaval (getting much worse), the medical debacle (longevity is going down in the US), the unemployment increase (the government is not telling the truth about how bad it is and getting worse), the lack of freedom, the violations of human rights and dignity, including the great increase in Jew-hatred, the weather, the quality of the environment, etc, etc, etc. This is also the case in the rest of the world. Hashem, on the other hand has made Israel the exact opposite. It is so pleasant to be here, I recommend it for every Jew in the world.
There is another great phenomenon. More people are converting to Judaism than ever, especially in Israel. Hashem is sorting it all out. Those who were Jewish in previous lives are feeling the strong desire to study Torah, live as a Jew and be with the Chosen People. You may point out that there are Jews who are going off the path and becoming more secular. I will judge no one, but Hashem knows everyone. Is it possible that Hashem wanted someone to be observant and he or she got away from Hashem? Absolutely not!!!!! Hashem is aware of the Erev Rav who are not Jews, but have pretended to be only to gain benefits, but are now perhaps losing interest. As I said, Hashem is sorting it out that every Jew will reap the highest benefits of the upcoming redemption. Also, every non-Jew who was Jewish in a previous life, or is a member of one of the lost tribes, will receive the maximum benefit. Also, every evil person will receive exactly what he or she deserves.
It is all good news; Hashem’s plan is perfect. Just make sure you are doing the most for yourself and your loved ones to reach the happy ending as best as possible.