Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The UN's Role in the Final Redemption

Another excellent article in last week’s Torah Tidbits from the Orthodox Union. Enjoy:

by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher

Dean of Students, Diaspora Yeshiva

The Exodus from Egypt is the prototype of the Final Redemption, which will occur with the coming of Moshiach. It too, like the Exodus, will take place without the benevolent assistance of the nations of the world, even those whom the Jewish People consider our friends and allies. When the great day of the Final Redemption will come, KIal Yisroel will owe thanks to no one - not even to President Trump - but to Hashem alone.

This insight sheds much light on the inexplicable hatred the UN has for Jews and for Eretz Yisroel. The UN accomplishes very little and is virtually powerless to enforce its proposals and resolutions. It is the most morally corrupt institution in the entire world. So what is its purpose? My Rebbe, Rav Pam zt"l stated that perhaps the answer is found in the Talmud (Avoda Zara 2), that when the End of Days will arrive, the nations of the world will come before Hashem to demand reward for the good they had done for the Jewish People. Each nation will describe how it built projects to make life easier for KIal Yisroel. Hashem will seal their mouths and show them how everything they did was solely for their own benefit, to indulge their desires and pleasures.

Rav Pam explained that when Moshiach comes, the UN will play a major role in refuting the claims of the nations of the world that they acted to help the Jewish People. The purpose of the UN in Hashem's plan is to serve as a permanent and undeniable record of the irrational hatred of the nations for Israel. Every UN speech is recorded. The tallies of every anti-Israel vote and resolution is clearly documented. The UN's perfidy and hypocrisy regarding Israel is outrageous.

The UN's cynical and biased behavior should not shock us or depress us. It is merely the final step in Hashem's plan to bring the Final Redemption following the road map of the Exodus of Egypt. This realization should be a source of great comfort and consolation to us in trying to understand the meaning of our troubled times.


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