I received this comment from my friend Anonymous and thought the answer should be seen by all my readers. First the comment:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Progress Report":
We say three times a day, "Sound the great shofar for our freedom... and gather us together from the four corners of the earth."
Does "gather us together from the four corners of the earth" mean that Hashem, Himself, will transport us to Eretz Yisrael miraculously or does one need to go to an airport and board a plane for Israel?My Response:
There is very interesting wording throughout scriptures the lets us know what is happening in the world today. The particular wording that you used, as we say in the Shemonah Esrei is from Isaiah 11:12. If we include verse 11 we get an interesting message:
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the L-rd will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, who will have remained from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12 And He will raise a banner for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.Jeremiah 23:3
3 And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and will bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and multiply.Micah 2:12
I will surely gather all of you, Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people.One more, which also are verses that we say every day in our morning prayers.
20 At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will set you up for renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your captivity before your eyes, saith the L-RD.The wording talks of the remnant being gathered, remnant meaning remaining, together with the rest of Israel. There is a redundancy when we see wording such as the Zephaniah: At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you. Why does it seem to be repeating itself? The answer is simple. Hashem told us thousands of years ago that there will be a great return of the children of Israel to our land, but not all of the children. But, on that day, the remaining Jews will be returned with renown and praise before the eyes of the world. The double wording in Zephaniah represents the two groups: the before Moshiach and the group that will return when Moshiach is announced.
There is no doubt that the prophets were told exactly what would happen in the end of days. That brings me to your question about whether it will be miraculous or El Al.
Isaiah 40:28 - 31
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? That Hashem is the everlasting G-d, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in Hashem will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.The commentary on these verses say: All the metaphors mean that when Hashem wills it, the return to Zion will be swift and without obstacle.
I always like to look at the first Geula when we left Egypt, since it is a prophecy for this Geula. It is brought down that the close to 3 million Israelites left Egypt almost instantly. How is it possible for that many people to walk out of the gates of Egypt instantly?
We see other examples in the Torah where teleportation was used. Kefitzat Haderech (Hebrew: קְפִיצַת הַדֶּרֶךְ) is a Jewish Kabbalistic term that literally means "contracting the path." When Avraham told his servant Eliezer to go to Ur Kasdim, Avraham’s birthplace where his family lived, and find a wife for Yitzchak, we are told he went there instantly, teleported. When Yaakov was in Jerusalem and went to Beit El and Shechem, we are told the ground folded beneath his feet and he took one step to be in these places instantly. I am bringing up all this since I have also heard that in the end of days the Jews of the world will be in Israel instantly – the return to Zion will be swift and without obstacle, and apparently in one day (Isaiah 11).
Does this mean that all who will return to Israel will be out of harm’s way from the devastation of Nibiru, war, terror, the agenda of the global elite, the wrath of Hillary, etc? Is it possible for a miraculous instant departure? With Hashem anything and everything is possible. Many miracles happened with the first Geula; the miracles will happen with the second and final Geula.
I should mention that even the resurrection of the dead will be miraculous. We are told in the Zohar that all the departed will travel in tunnels underground and rise up in Israel.
We are told that we shouldn’t rely on, or even ask for, miracles, but it is encouraging when we see the prophecies of the end of days, now, repeating the miracles of the first Geula. Miracles will happen and are already happening, but it is incumbent upon each of us to be as worthy as possible for the miraculous mercy of Hashem. That is our task, our instructions from Hashem. We need only to take advantage of it all, by continuing to turn to Hashem for everything. That is how we will return home on the wings of eagles, not El Al.