Rav Moshe Wolfson, mashgiach of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and rov of Bais Medrash Emunas Yisroel in Brooklyn, held an emergency gathering in his community and called upon the members to be strong in Torah and tefillah so that the Jewish people will survive the time of tension with Iran.
Rav Wolfson noted that the Torah sages predicted that Persia, now called Iran, would one day destroy the world, in the times immediately preceding the geulah.
“Chazal say that Persia will destroy the entire world and the Jews will be in a difficult situation,” he said. “Why are we quiet? Where is the awakening? Why is everyone apathetic? Why is everyone busy with silly and unimportant things? Do we not hear the alarm? Do we not know that we must break open the gates of Heaven and ask for mercy from G-d?”
“In the coming weeks we face a total war in Iran, Israel, Europe and the U.S. And the nation of Israel in its entirety must prepare spiritually. The Rambam says that it is a mitzvah to pray in difficult times, and if one does not pray, one is being cruel, and it causes the situation to get worse, G-d forbid.”
Rav Wolfson compared Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Haman, who wanted to kill all of the Jews. If Israel attacks Iran before it achieves nuclear weapons, there will be a world war, he said.
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