Rav Wolfson: Why Are We Silent?


rav-moshe-wolfsonRav Moshe Wolfson spoke Tuesday night in a rare mid-week assembly for his kehillah, Emunas Yisroel in Boro Park, asking bluntly why there is no greater uproar within the community over the potential for war over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“Why are we quiet? Where is the awakening? Why is everyone so apathetic?” asked Rav Wolfson, who is also mashgiach of Yeshivah Torah Vodaath. “Everyone is busy with narishkeiten, we don’t hear the alarm? We don’t know that we have to pierce the heavens for rachamim from the Ribbono Shel Olam?”

Rav Wolfson told the packed beis medrash of nearly 1,000 people that the potential for a war encompassing Iran, Israel, Europe and the United States over the next few weeks is a real one, and Klal Yisrael must prepare itself spiritually.

“Everyone knows that there is currently a growing danger from Iran – and it is a great error for whoever does not know this,” Rav Wolfson said. “Why should a Yid not know what is happening to [other] Yidden? Everyone must know what is happening in regard to other Yidden. Everyone must know what is happening in Eretz Yisrael.”

Rav Wolfson began talking this past Shabbos about the dangers from the Iran crisis, when he stopped and said that it was not a subject to discuss on Shabbos. He said he would continue the topic during the week. The last time he called for a special asifah during the week to discuss current events was in 1991, prior to the Gulf War.

Rav Wolfson started his address, which was carried live by Kol Halashon, with the famous Rambam, who writes that it is a mitzvah to daven during troubled times. “If you don’t daven,” the Rambam says, “then it is a cruelty, since it will get worse.”

“The leader in Iran says clearly – he repeated it this week – that he wants to kill, Rachmana litzlan, every Yid in the world, just like Haman,” Rav Wolfson said. “If he will be successful, chas v’shalom, in getting the nuclear bomb – and experts says he will have it by the summer – it will be a great danger for Klal Yisrael.”

“A good part of the world’s Jews live in Israel, and the government there says that they will attack Iran first, before they could get the nuclear bomb. If that happens, everyone knows that that will cause a world war.”

Rav Wolfson said that he heard that Harav Yosef Rosenblum, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivah Shaarei Yosher, spoke recently about the crisis with Iran – he said that during this eis tzarah, “Hashem is judging us on every klal and on every prat.”

Rav Wolfson quoted the Pesikta, who says that the year when Moshiach will come all nations will battle each other. The spark that will set it off, according to the Medrash, will be when the king of Paras – which is modern-day Iran – will threaten “Arabia,” presumably Saudi Arabia, such as is happening today.

Arabia will go for an alliance with Edom – the culture of Edom is today’s Western world, Europe and United States. Paras will then destroy the world and the Yidden will be thrown into turmoil. Hashem will then say: “Do not fear, the time for your Geulah has come.”

Rav Wolfson noted how eerily similar this Medrash is to what is occurring today.

“We don’t have to be in a panic,” Rav Wolfson said, “Hashem will perform miracles for us. But efsher takeh. Maybe the time for the Geulah has arrived. We must prepare for the Geulah.”

Rav Wolfson said that since the Holocaust, Hashem has performed great miracles for the Yidden. Eretz Yisrael, which today hosts most of the world’s Yidden and most of the Torah world, merited supernatural siyatta diShmaya during its wars. When the Palestinians shoot missiles from Gaza, they land mostly in empty areas and cause little damage.

When then-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein shot 39 Scud missiles during the Gulf War, only one Yid was killed – that man had previously received a klalah from the Chazon Ish.

“This a hashgachah niflaah that is reserved only for Yidden who learn Torah, who keep the mitzvos and who will ultimately do teshuvah,” Rav Wolfson said. “Hashem wants to do nissim for us. Israel is surrounded by 300 million Arabs and we are still there; that means Hashem wants to do yeshuos. We must prepare for yeshuos.”

But just like Eliyahu had to daven on Har Hacarmel even though Hashem had already promised to bring rain, Hashem still wants the tefillos of Klal Yisrael today, even though He had promised to bring yeshuos.

In order to qualify for these miracles, Rav Wolfson said, we must strengthen in Torah, tefillah and chessed.

He specifically suggested saying Tehillim 46 every day, adding that he is asking his own kehillah to have the kapitel printed out and stuck to the back of every siddur. During the Suez campaign in 1956, the Belzer Rebbe asked that people say that particular kapitel, since it is a segulah to prevent warfare.

“Everyone has to be mispallel that Klal Yisrael should be saved from chevlei Moshiach, that he and his family should be saved,” he said.

Rav Wolfson also spoke about kevias ittim for Torah, not interrupting even “if the cell phone rings.”

“I heard from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, that when a Yid sits down to learn it should be like Shabbos,” Rav Wolfson said. “That is the only time that one is pattur from work.”

“In a beis medrash it is Shabbos. … If someone interrupts his learning and he picks up the phone, he brings the marketplace, he brings the office into Shabbos. He is mechallel the Shabbos.”

But above all, Rav Wolfson said, Yidden should keep in mind that we live in momentous times, and we should prepare for the upcoming era with emunah and bitachon.

“In the next couple of weeks there will be news,” Rav Wolfson said, “and with the help of Hashem, it will be good news for Yidden.”

{By Yochonon Donn-Hamodia}

{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. “Rav Wolfson told the packed beis medrash of nearly 1,000 people that the potential for a war encompassing Iran, Israel, Europe and the United States over the next few weeks is a real one…”

  2. BS”D

    A message from Moishela
    A handicapped child
    Chof Daled Av 5771
    Aug 23 ‘11

    To all my American Landsmen

    Hello out there all of my American “landsmen!” Are you awake? Are you groggy from your sleep? Can I speak to you about serious things, or are you still sleeping deeply in your pajamas peacefully curled up under the cover not wanting to hear a thing? But I will scream in your ears and wake you up and force you to listen!

    You just had an earthquake over a huge area of the U.S.A. including Washington DC, New York City, Lakewood, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland. Do you believe it? Have you ever heard of such a thing since the beginning of this century and before? What do you think it’s about? Are you going to say, “Oh, well there is a fault here so it could happen. Lets go back to sleep. Nothing really happened. Only some people got slightly injured and frightened but nothing happened. Good night we can go back to sleep.”?

    Fools, fools, you are going in the direction of oblivion, Chas Vesholom. Fools, don’t you see that Hashem is warning you? Boruch Hashem there were only slight injuries but it’s a warning. It’s a kindness to you, a warning that things are going to be much more difficult. Don’t you see that the world has changed and that your precious United States has become a dictatorship? Don’t you see that you are in danger?

    Fools! Hashem wants you to break away from the Egel HaZahav, from the false Yiddishkeit that you have created to serve your own needs, your own wants, your own lusts, not paying any attention to Ratzon Hashem. You’ve built a lie, my dear Frum, so-called Frum fellow Jews and now Hashem refuses to let you continue, because if you continue in that direction you will ruin all of creation, Chas Vesholom, and that cannot be.

    No matter how much money you have or how much power you think you have, Hashem is Hakol Yochol, Hakol Yochol do you hear? Not you, “Moishe Groiss” you are not Hakol Yochol. Hashem is Hakol Yochol!!! And He is going to destroy you if you don’t come back to Him. If you don’t go on the right path you Chas VeSholom could destroy creation and that can’t be. That can’t be. So I suggest my dear “Landsman” that you pick yourselves up throw out all the garbage that you collected, all the electronic toys, all the
    restaurants that you visit, all the gluttony, all of the lack of Kedusha, all of the terrible, terrible lapses in Taharas HaMishpocha, all the Loshon Horah all the Machlokes. Get rid of it all and come back to Hashem. This strong earthquake that shook up so much of Frum America is only a tickle and after that will come the really difficult times. And then don’t say, “But I did not know,” because it will be unacceptable.

    Q: How can a person destroy all of creation?
    A: First of all we are not talking about one person. We are talking about a group of Yidden that are supposed to be the closest to HaKodosh Boruch Hu but they are pulling most of Yiddishkeit into a totally different direction .It is a direction that is totally against Hashems Ratzon. If the Erev Rav and Amalek would Chas Vesholom continue the way they are going without being stopped, then Hashem would have to destroy all of creation Chas Vesholom. Hashem loves us and He will save every true Yid who stood at Har Sinai and in the end does Teshuva.

    Q: Why do you consider an earthquake a message? It’s like thundering and lightening that happens all the time. It’s part of the creation.
    A: The difference is that nobody in the last generation has heard of such a large earthquake in any of these areas. It is not known as an earthquake area, even though some of the area is on a fault. There are not usually earthquakes there. Therefore Hashem has put an earthquake where most of the Frum Yidden live, and He has made it very clear that it is an unusual event, a very unusual event. And if we Jews forget that we are taught that everything that happens in the world is about us, telling us that we have to do Teshuva, then we have lost it.

    Q: Children like you have been talking to us for years (about 17 years).What’s this message different than messages about all the other things that have happened?
    A: What is different is that now we can see with our bare eyes, with our human eyes that the world has changed 180 degrees in only a few years. When we used to say this before, maybe it was hard for some people to digest, for most people to digest, but now only a fool can’t see what’s happening. The world is being run by a bunch of mafias, by a bunch of godfathers so to speak, a bunch of crazy ruthless people that are trying to turn the world into a chaotic mess. And all of the world is afraid of them and doing their bidding, but Hashem will not allow it. And everything is written in the Nevuos,
    and if you have half a brain go and learn and you’ll see that everything that’s happening now has been written, so that when we come to this point in history we will realize that we are in the midst of the birth of the Geulah and we must get through this most difficult time, the time of the birth itself. In order to be saved we must return to HaKodosh Boruch Hu with all our hearts and souls, with everything that’s ours, ready to give up everything Gashmiyusdik to get close to Him and to do His will.

    Q: If you say that this earthquake is so impressive, shouldn’t we look at ourselves as great Tzaddikim because nobody was killed, and obviously Hashem is looking at us as Frum Yidden and Hashem is protecting us?
    A: Just the opposite. This is the kindness of HaKodosh Boruch Hu that He is giving us a warning that makes fear but doesn’t kill. He is trying to be good to the Yidden, to be gentle with them. But there will be an end to His patience (Kaveyochel).
    I just want to beg Klal Yisroel. Save yourselves! Save yourselves! I am not going to go into all the things that you must do, but one thing I will tell you Kedusha, Kedusha! You have lost your Kedusha, Am Yisroel in America and in Europe. Once you where so pristine, so Kodosh, but now you have become stained and dirty like the Goyim.

    Many homes do not keep Taharas HaMishpocha as it should be. Many terrible Aveiros are happening because of the Pritzus of the men and the women. Heterim by Rabbonim are given out like lollypops. And people have no qualms about watching films, videos, etc. The time that’s wasted in stupid entertainment is immeasurable and your Jewish souls have become hard as rocks, have become hard like the Goyim.

    In Mitzrayim twenty percent, at the most, of the Yidden left Mitzrayim. Even though all Yidden were considered Frum keeping their language, their dress and their names. However like in Mitzrayim this is not enough. Besides the twenty percent that left, the rest of the Jewish population in Mitzrayim still worshipped the Egyptian gods and that’s what you are doing my dear American Landman.Today we Frum keep more or less our Jewish look our language and give Jewish names However you are worshipping the modern western American gods and if you don’t get rid of them, they will prevent you from reaching the Geulah, Chas Vesholom.

  3. i totally agree

    of course we are not doing anything. due to many reasons among them

    1)our level of bitachon & emunah is very low Rachmana l’tzlan the only way to arm yourself with protection is to put your life in the hands of Hashem i.e with bitachon & emunah (faith & trust) & then you have no worries of protection for one that seeks out Hashem lacks nothing that is good (tehillim chap. 34)

    May all of Klal yisroel start doing teshuva NOW-before tragedy strikes again C”V-& THEN mashiach will come b’karov

    3)are we going to continue watching anti-semitsm grow even in the free country of the USA & just say its coincidence OR is it a message from Hashem for all of klal yisroel to make aliyah NOW towards the geula & mashiach? BEFORE HASHEM NEEDS TO MAKE THINGS WORSE C”V

    4)these events will continue happening R”L due to the lack of achdus in klal yisroel.
    if mashiach is ever to come, klal yisroel needs to be one together on all levels-frum, frei, reform etc…-when we all show hashem we can act as one jewish nation then mashiach can come. UNTIL THEN Hashem waits & our Matriarch rachel cries everyday…

    5)we have as a major problem in todays society (yidden or not) . & its called FACING REALITY.
    whenever tragedy strikes or theres a big issue, the person blocks it from his face & convinces himself not to apply the message to him,so that we can just continue our fancy & happy lavish life.

    first WE ALL need to admit to ourselves that i have a issue/problem here, then we need to work on solving it. BUT %80 of solving it, is each person admitting to the problems he has.



  4. There is a Moetzes both in the USA and in Israel which is composed of our Gedolim who are our Leaders.

    Traditionally they Provided Advice and

    instructions in times of Crisis!!!

    They and also organizations counseled by Daas Torah, have petitioned our Government Leaders and have also advised the public of what methods of self-introspection one should engage in.

    May we be aroused to the correct path in our own needs among the general needs of our Acheynu Bnai Yisroell, Bchol Mawkum Shehaym.

  5. ‘..eis tzarah, “Hashem is judging us on every klal and on every prat.”

    Rav Wolfson quoted the Pesikta, who says that the year when Moshiach will come all nations will battle each other. The spark that will set it off, according to the Medrash, will be when the king of Paras – which is modern-day Iran – will threaten “Arabia,” presumably Saudi Arabia, such as is happening today.

    Arabia will go for an alliance with Edom – the culture of Edom is today’s Western world, Europe and United States. Paras will then destroy the world and the Yidden will be thrown into turmoil. Hashem will then say: “Do not fear, the time for your Geulah has come.”’