I think we need to talk about global warming today. No, not the propaganda being sold on the news by the "Green" people. No, serious heating up.
Over the past few years and more rapidly in the past several months, we've been accustomed to lots of CHANGE. Not Obama's rhetoric. Real change. Terrorism; the financial markets have plummeted; business has rapidly dropped; jobs are quickly disappearing; threats to security are increasing; nuclear Iran; major anti-semitism being shown worldwide; and finally the hype that was Obama is now showing its true identity and agenda. When we really take a step back and compare the situation today and even 1 year ago, we are shocked. What a difference!
What it seems like and has been echoes by many, is that Hashem is accustoming us to a different reality- the reality of Yemot Hamashiach. We are slowly being separated from the dependence on physicality. The luxuries we have been used to (especially in America) are slowly being diminished and removed. We're not even feeling secure physically anymore.
I believe this is all part of the Geula process. The Vilna Gaon (GR"A) mentions this specifically in his writings; saying that the dependence on physicalities will be removed from us in preparation of the final redemption.
What are we supposed to be doing? Surely we should be separating ourselves as much as possible from luxuries and extras and focusing on enhancing our relationship with Hashem through better prayers, additional Torah learning, helping our fellow Jews and becoming very strong in not speaking Lashon Hara.
For the ones not fortunate to live in the Holy Eretz Yisrael already:
We also should all be looking into Aliyah. Whether it is technically feasible for us or not, we need to start preparing for it. We need to make sure we have our papers in order and if at all possible, begin making plans. We definitely need to pray for Hashem to have mercy on us.
It is definitely not easy. It is definitely something that the Yetzer Hara will try to prevent at all costs (see R' Pinchas Winston's book - Talking About Eretz Yisroel). The more of us that live in Eretz Yisrael, the easier the Geula process becomes. In addition, the safest place to be is in Eretz Yisrael (see Yoel 3:5 and Malbi"m).
Many of us are in sore need of a "community" to rely on for support in taking on such a massive life-altering project like Aliya. Coming from America to integrate into Israeli lifestyle is a major change. I'd appreciate any ideas in the comments.