This coming Pesach, let us pray extra hard for the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash, so that we may offer sacrifices to HaShem, to atone for all our sins, draw closer to Him (as the word korban – from the root karav [draw close to] – intimates), and most importantly, to thank HaShem for all the miracles – large and small, hidden and revealed – that He constantly does for us, every day and in every generation.
The Zohar teaches us that no matter how good it is in Chutz LaAretz – even from a spiritual standpoint – something is lacking, for true perfection can only be attained in God’s special Land!
The process of Redemption and renewal today is simply a modern version of the Bar Kochba Revolt. Our own revolution – the 1947 War of Independence – was, with God’s mercy, successful. The nation is reawakening, and this time we shall be redeemed, with the help of God.
Regarding suggestions that the yishuv be divided in order to strengthen Torah observance, the Rav said on his deathbed, “Division is the basis of heresy. There is no permission for communal division in Israel”
Aware of the financial straits of many Torah scholars in Jerusalem, the Rav would secretly send them funds, especially during the costly pre-Pesach season. He even assisted those scholars who opposed his views, charging his emissaries to conceal the source of the money from the beneficiaries. He insisted on judging even his most vehement opponents favorably, saying that they simply failed to understand him.