Dreaming of Moshiach

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ma'or (Light) of the Torah

"This is unbelievable", all yeshiva bachurim (students) mumbled excitedly in Yeshiva 'Torah Vadaat", in Pardes Katz. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Yosef Vietzman, heard many miraculous stories from all backgrounds, but such a fascinating revealing miracle, direct protection from heaven, this he never heard before.

As a result of residents evacuating Sderot due to kassam rockets, a secular young man, Maor (in English it means Light), decided to go to his sister's home until the kassam terrorism will end. His brother-in-law convinced him to attend Torah shiurim (class) in the Yeshiva. After 3 days, a kassam landed next to their home and the parents returned to Sderot to handle their property. Maor was also determined to return home.

"That evening I got an urgent phone call from his brother-in-law that Maor has firmly decided to return to Sderot because he is bored and has nothing to do here", says Rav Veitzman. "Immediately I drove to him and was convinced him to dedicate one more evening of Torah learning. About an hour and a half later, he finally agreed and said that this will be his last shiur and tomorrow, he's returning to Sderot." "That same evening we were learning Masechet Taanit and the spiritual strength of Rabbah (האמורא רבא), zs'l, thru prayers, he succeeded bringing rainfall. The Gemara continues and says that thru this action, it brought upon him accusations and in order to save himself, he avoided sleeping in his bed that night. The following morning, his bed was found completely destroyed, as if cut up by swords.

"Why we don't see such revealed miracles today"?, asked Maor in wonderment. "I would also like to see a concrete miracle from HaShem".

Less than 12 hours later, Maor heard that his request for a revealed miracle is fullfilled.
At 6 am, the phone rings and on the line is his father. He told him that he is in the hospital recovering from injuries caused by Kassam shrapnel .

At the same evening, time, hour, and minute that Maor was learning Torah in Pardes Katz, a kassam directly hit his bedroom in Sderot, completely destroying it. The bed that Maor wanted to sleep on that night was completely destroyed, as if cut up by swords... "Maor, you hear me?", yelled the father into the phone, his voice choking from excitement. "If you would have returned to Sderot, you would be amongst the dead".

Maor could hardly catch his breath, "I feel that I received the gift of life. After seeing a clear sign from Heaven, I feel the need to continue learning Torah".

"We see so clearly how the Torah protects and saves", said Rav Veitzman.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו