23 July 2012
Originally Published as a Note on Facebook
ו בסיון, התשע''ב
27 May, 2012
Copyright © R. Kossover, 2012
We had the pleasure of being the meal guests today (Sunday, 27 May 2012 - Shavuót) of one of the most brilliant individuals I've ever known, a modest man who would never let me use his name in quoting his own brilliant work on the Calendar of Jubilees.
In introducing a d'var Torah, a commentary on Torah required at holiday meals, his wife told us of a dream her son had a decade ago, a dream that terrified him - and that his mother, like Jacob, our ancestor, has "kept in mind".
I'll describe the dream for you briefly. In it, he saw two large TV screens. On the left screen, he saw a blackened city with huge amounts of destruction and fallen buildings. On the right screen, he saw a hand with a huge hammer splitting a mountain in half - and the two halves moved away from each other.
The next morning, after he said his prayers, the young man went to the rabbi who headed the yeshiva he was attending. The rabbi kind of equivocated, saying this was something for a wiser man to pursue.
Not long after, the students in the yeshiva were taken on a tour of Jerusalem and the areas surrounding it - and when he saw the Mount of Olives, he told his friends, "that's the mountain I saw in my dream."
The young man had never read the Book of Zechariah before - but in the last chapter of that Book, what the young man saw in his dream was described.
"HASHEM will go out and wage war with those nations, as He waged war on the day of battle. His feet will stand on that day on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will split open at its middle, forming a very wide valley; half the mountain will move to the north, and half to the south." [Zech.14:3-4]
Our hostess' point was that she believed that her son had dreamt of that day - the day that the Hammer of G-d would split the Mount of Olives - and that its approach was very very close.