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We Are Seeing Moshiach in Action!

The “Amud HaAnan” Operation which Tzahal has now undertaken is intended to protect our beleaguered citizens in the south. But it is much more than that.

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The Pillar of Cloud, otherwise known as the Clouds of Glory, or Amud HaAnan, protected the Jewish People in the Wilderness, and the “Amud HaAnan” Operation which Tzahal has now undertaken is intended to protect our beleaguered citizens in the south. But it is much more than that.

Rabbi Kook writes:

“When there is a great war in the world, the power of Moshiach awakens. The time of the song bird has come, with the weeding away of tyrants. The evil ones are obliterated from the world, the world becomes more perfected, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our Land.

“And after the war has climaxed, the world is revitalized with a new spirit, and the ‘Footsteps of the Moshiach  are exceedingly revealed. The greater the war’s measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the greater the expectation for the ‘Footsteps of the Moshiach’ which the war reveals…

“With great insight, incredible valor, with deep and penetrating logic, with true desire, and with clear understanding, we need to receive the exalted contents of the light of G-d which is revealed in wondrous action in the workings of precisely these wars.”

Rabbi Kook ends his essay by quoting from our morning prayers. Make no mistake. This is what Operation “Amud HaAnan” is really all about:

“The Master of wars, sower of righteousness, Who causes salvation to sprout, the Creator or cures, awesome in praise, the Master of wonders, Who renews His goodness every day the act of Creation, cause a new light to shine upon Zion, and may we all be privileged to see its light” (Orot, 2:1).

Hashem is the Master of wars. And now, as citizens in the south of Israel sit anxiously in their bomb shelters, Hashem is at war. Hashem is weeding out tyrants, the killers of Jewish men, women, and children. Hashem is obliterating evil ones from the world, the murderers from the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. The Moshiach has awakened. He is sitting in the cockpit beside our pilots as they soar over Gaza, cleansing and perfecting the world. While the Israeli Army is fighting, Hashem is sowing righteousness. Hashem is causing salvation to sprout. He is causing a new light to shine upon Zion, and it is our task to open our eyes and see it. No, my friends, this is not a mere war – this is Moshiach in action!

The Mashiach is not only the ideal Jewish king, but a process which evolves over time. The Gemara informs us that, “There are 2000 years of Moshiach  (Sanhedrin 97A).  In Tractate Megilla, we learn that, “War is also the beginning of Redemption” (Megilla 17B). The Rambam tells us that one of Moshiach’s premier tasks is to fight the wars of Hashem (Laws of Kings and Their Wars, 11:4).

Yes, Operation “Amud HaAnan” has come to protect our citizens, to teach Hamas a painful lesson, and to return our power of detriment, but when you watch the footage on TV, know that you are watching the “Footsteps of Moshiach ” You are witnessing the Sanctification of G-d in the world. Let the word go forth, “There is a living G-d in Israel!”

Yes, war is hell. Yes, if war could be abandoned, the world would be a better place. But the Redemption of Am Yisrael also comes through wars. In the roar of our jets streaking over Gaza, Moshiach is on the way! When evil doers are uprooted from the world, the light of Moshiach appears. The greater the magnitude and force of the war, the greater the revelation of Moshiach which follows.

Our hearts and prayers are with the soldiers of Israel. May Hashem grant them and their commanders the holy courage and valor to finish the job and wipe out the evil in our midst, for the betterment of the world. And may we all be privileged to see and enjoy the new light shining on Zion!


Tzvi Fishman

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" The DVD of the movie is available online.

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  1. And may the dead civilians on both sides, the mothers and fathers, the children and the elderly, be swept under the nearest rug. What jingoistic hogwash.

  2. Liad Bar-el says:

    Your blogs of truth, Tzvi, are signs of Mosiach’s voice calling to us to repent, keep the commandments, take courage and strength that there are others who are struggling with the same problems. The same problems of which you’ve solved in your life too, Tzvi, so that you can help others not make the same mistakes and to give guidance to those who are wanting to get out of that abyss of ignorant egoistic hogwash of hate. To those who do not want to get out of their abyss, become more entrenched in it. And when faced with someone who loves their G-d given country they slough it off as chauvinistic patriotism.
    As you stated in one of your first posts to the Jewish Press, the Mosiach is being revealed in little graduated steps. You’re one here in the Jpress who is revealing those steps of Mosiach. Keep up the good work Tzvi. Insane Islamic supporter leftists need your help also.

  3. Not a very uplifting article…rather another statement of how the pain will be prolonged. Hatred in any land at any time is disastrous. Peace requires much more courage and sacrifice and faith than war.

  4. The Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has (through the Scriptures) told us what he will do. And he will do excactly as (what) he said.

  5. Anonymous says:

    These things taking place are a sign of the end of days as prophesied in the Bible. When the L-rd shall build up Zion He shall appear in His glory. But when He comes it will be His second time here. The first time He came to fulfil the prophecies of the suffering servant (Isaiah 53) and the second time he will judge the world in righteousness and bring in the Messianic kingdom according to the prophecies of the reigning King Messiah (Isaiah 2, Zechariah 14). His name is Yeshua – believe in Him. messiahfactor.com

  6. Amen.

    The Mashiach is not only the ideal Jewish king, but a process which evolves over time. The Gemara informs us that, “There are 2000 years of Moshiach (Sanhedrin 97A).

    This is a very important teaching for our times.

    Those who disengaged from Gaza were impatient.

    It will take a long time to see the true peace of Mosshiach.

    Wars of self-defense are righteous and will bring the Peace.

    Now is a time for war.

    So will justice and kindness.

    Someday we will convince all our neighbors.

  7. Amazing norishkeit. WW I, WW II, and (For Israel) the War of Independence, the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War, all were "great war in the world" and no Messiah, but this exchange of rockets heralds sof ha-yamim. As infantile as it is breathless.

  8. Valerie Carlton says:

    A proper and befitting opening for Kislev.
    Israel will forever be blessed and protected.

  9. Carey Roberts says:


  10. Anonymous says:

    Not entirely norish Rabbi. World War 1 prepared the way for Israel to come into being via the end of Ottoman rule in Palestine, the British Mandate and the Balfour Declaration. WW2 the holocaust and the displaced Jewish people was a factor in the decision of the UN to create the state of Israel – a fulfilment of biblical prophecy. The wars that followed brought Jerusalem back to Jewish control – another sign. Now we have Jerusalem as the 'burdensome stone' for the nations (Zechariah 12) and the rise of radical Islam bringing together the forces seeking the elimination of Israel (Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-9, Zechariah 12-14). All leading to the second coming of Yeshua the Messiah. Be prepared and seek the Lord while he may be found. Tony P

  11. Well this changes everything!…not.

  12. And He will send all us Jew to Hell, huh?

  13. Ra Fa says:

    This is religious extremism.

  14. This is Fishman's own blood lust on exhibit in this nonsense but unfortunately is in synch with the mentality of Netanyahu, Lieberman and Barak. Rather than accept an offer of truce last week by Hamas, Israel decided to escalate the fighting by assassinating a major Hamas leader, knowing and desiring an escalation in the rocket response of Hamas and, ideally, from Netanyahu's perspective, a handful of Jewish deaths to revenge. Their blood is on his hands.

  15. Alan Riches says:

    What a load of crap, another big failure for religion

  16. Mary Robbin Carroll-Bower says:

    YesYes, may Moshiach guide your steps as well.

  17. Johnny Mortel says:

    Do Not Fear, Be Not Afraid, I go before You Always…

    The Moshiach of the Earth will pop up first. He will have the following hypothetical traits:

    1. He may make his presence known in the Land called Egypt.
    2. He will seem as if he is wounded but will be healed with more power.
    3. He will be able to enter the Temple, Holy of Holies, like the Trojan Virus.

    The Lord Reigns with Israel always, for a time you shall have to sacrifice War with your Neighbors…

    Then the End will Come.

  18. The war has begun johnny,your predictions were wrong,there will be no peace like mulla quoted as the muslims want to rule this world.They beleive that people like you and your followers are evil.

  19. Sandy Alter says:


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