Inexplicable Yet Again
Middle East turmoil
And the latest – the Columbia space shuttle
Over Palestine, Texas
Due to a ‘left wing’ failure
With the first Israeli astronaut, eating kosher, with a mezuzah
and Torah scroll aboard.
“Not again” was Newsweek’s headline. I am not
sure what the editors meant with ‘not again.’ Did they mean:
not another space shuttle disaster following the Challenger
explosion in 1986, or not another tragedy after all the catastrophes
we have endured in the last two years – the sinking feeling
each of us has when we hear of yet another senseless loss,
yet another tragic death.
Not again indeed. Unfortunately, it’s yes again.
Yes, yet another one of our infrastructures – the infrastructures
we have come to rely upon as invincible and invulnerable –
crumbled, yet again.
Looking back at the events of the last two years
something startling jumps out at you: Every one of our material
infrastructures is crumbling.
Are all these recent events a coincidence?
13 years ago a great leader dramatically stated,
that the world is undergoing fundamental changes. As a global
revolution brews and a new age dawns, we need to ‘open our
eyes’ and see its reality.
Dramatic changes have shaken the world in the
last 13 years affecting all levels of society – technological,
political, economic and global stability. The fall of the
Soviet Union, the advent of the Internet for the masses, and
other major events in the 90’s have reshaped the world we
live in. But in the last two years, completely unexpected
upheavals have abruptly changed a certain and confident future
into an insecure nightmare of uncertainty.
Beginning with the Internet bust and punctuated
by September 11 and Middle Eastern terrorism, disaster after
disaster, blow after blow, has traumatized the fibers of our
beings. Though not to be compared to the lives destroyed,
the corporate meltdown of the last year is radically affecting
our economic future, leaving the landscape in ruins. CEO after
CEO resigning in shame, with the latest stunner: $100… billion
(not million, billion…) write-off loss by AOL Time Warner
(where did they even stash away $100 billion, and how can
they write it off and still stay afloat?! – so much for equal
distribution of wealth…)
And now, the high profile Columbia catastrophe
in the very heavens we thought we had conquered – 17 years
almost to the day of the Challenger explosion in 1986.
What do all these successive events mean and
how do we ‘open our eyes’ to see their significance?
History can help us. Over 2300 years ago Persia
was the superpower that controlled the world. A cruel minister
plotted with the Persian leader (king) to annihilate all the
Jews in the empire, in effect a total genocide of the entire
Jewish people! Miraculously, due to a set of circumstances
the people were saved.
This miracle mind you was not an apparent supernatural
event. Actually, if we were living in that time we could have
easily written off the events as completely circumstantial.
Persian King Achashveirus happened to throw a party. When
he invited his wife she happened to rebuff him, and in his
anger he had her killed. The Jewess Esther happened to be
chosen to become the new queen. A while later Mordechai happened
to overhear and foil an assassination attempt against the
king. One night years later the king happened to have insomnia,
and he happened to be read the story of Mordechai saving his
life. He then happens to suddenly reward Mordechai. When Haman
is ready to fulfill his evil plot, Esther happens to be there
to thwart it.
Long story short – over a period of nine years
circumstances are positioned in such a way where all the right
people are in the right place and the right time to ensure
that Haman does not exterminate the Jewish people!
If we were around at the time all these events
– spread over 9 years – could have appeared as random, isolated
experiences. When you are too close to the events you can
sometimes not see the forest from the trees. But in retrospect,
when we read the Megillah on Purim, and we hear the sequence
of events, we then can connect the dots and see the greater
picture emerging – one that leads to an absolute miracle.
Same thing today. Current events are dots in
a bigger picture. Experiencing each of them individually leaves
us confused, disoriented, uncertain. Each incident can appear
as a self-standing isolated incident. But when you step back
and look at the juxtaposed chain of events, a larger picture
The common denominator of all the recent events
is: the breakdown of our existing material infrastructures.
Opening our eyes means to recognize this truth, and above
all, to recognize that we stand poised at the threshold of
a new beginning, a new world order.
And it is up to us to write the script of this
new order. We need to revisit and rewrite the mission statements
of our infrastructures. Instead of them serving selfish needs,
we need to redirect them to a greater good – to a divine and
Revolution is in the air. We need to ensure
that it is directed to a spiritual awakening – a spiritual
revolution that will create an internal transformation of
our attitudes, that instead of seeing materialism as an end
in itself we will see it as a means to G-dliness. A world
filled with Divine knowledge as the waters cover the sea (see
Maimonides end of Mishne Torah).
May this most recent tragedy be the last ‘yes
again’ as we usher in a new era of unity. Let us demonstrate
that we do not need any more breakdowns to realize that an
old age is dying, and a new one is dawning.
Yes, revolution is in the air.