I came across the following post today from Moshe Kempinski, a Jewish scholar and store-owner in Jerusalem who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago.
[I]t was especially uplifting to see the group of Hesder Yeshiva students being conscripted into army service this week. There was a clear sense by all who were there that these young boys were imbued with ” a different spirit” , a spirit like that of Calev of biblical days. We read how Moshe sends twelve spies to scout the land and ten of them advise against attack because the Caananites are too powerful. Calev shouts above the others: “Let us by all means go up, ki yachol nuchal lah (“for we shall surely overcome it”)(Numbers 13:30)The others though had lost the power to contend with their enemies and declare””We looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must have looked to them.” (Numbers 13:33) .These young people at the induction center, like Calev , were clearly imbued with that “different spirit / that Ruach Acheret .
It is that spirit that the people of Israel are yearning for so earnestly. Recent studies have shown a dramatic increase in the number of Hesder Yeshiva students taking over commander positions. Yet a recent poll conducted by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies indicated that a large majority of the Israeli public is not at all concerned with the growing number of IDF commanders and officers who stem from the national-religious camp. Over 79 percent of the respondents said they were not “concerned at all” with this phenomenon , in contrast to 1 percent who said they were very concerned.
It’s interesting that during a period of time when most Western nations seem to be losing their faith, Israel is going in precisely the other direction. Why is that? One possible reason is the witness of the incredible victories Israel has won in the last two generations, showing the Hand of God protecting them, which we mentioned in this post. Another complimentary reason may be found in Ezekiel 37:7-12:
So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I saw, and, behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and tell the wind, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy, and tell them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, my people; and I will bring you into Eretz-Israel.
The dry bones rise up out of the graves of the Holocaust and are brought into the Land. From there they are fleshed out until at last, the Spirit enters into them. I think we are seeing the fleshing out in preparation for the return of the Spirit in its full prophetic sense to Israel. And if that’s true, we truly are on the cusp of the Return of the King.
- IDF First: Yeshiva Students as Auto Mechanics (israelnationalnews.com)
- Cherlo: Army-Religion Clashes Should be Avoided, but… (israelnationalnews.com)
- The strictly Orthodox soldiers (thejc.com)