Forgetting the dreams?
1720Arab residents of Jerusalem break into the synagogue built for Rabbi Yehuda Hehasid, destroying it and expelling all Ashkenazy Jews from the city. The attack results from a debt the Ashkenazi community owed the Arab residents from the time of Rabbi Yehuda Hehasid.( Here we go again)1729 1786Moses Mendelssohn, and the Haskalah (Enlightenment) movement. He strove to bring an end to the isolation of the Jews so that they would be able to embrace the culture of the Western world, and in turn be embraced by gentiles as equals. The Haskalah opened the door for the development of all the modern Jewish denominations and the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language, but it also paved the way for many who, wishing to be fully accepted into Christian society, converted to Christianity or chose to assimilate to emulate it.( BIG MISTAKE)1740Ottoman authorities invite Rabbi Haim Abulafia (1660-1744), renowned Kabbalist and Rabbi of Izmir, to come to the Holy Land. Rabbi Abulafia is to rebuild the city of Tiberias, which has lain desolate for some 70 years. The city’s revival is seen by many as a sign of the coming of the Messiah. (Morgenstern, Arie. “Dispersion and Longing for Zion, 1240–1840”. Azure. )1740 1750Thousands immigrate to Eretz Yisrael under the influence of Messianic predictions. The large immigration greatly increases the size and strength of the Jewish Settlement in Eretz Yisrael. (Morgenstern, Arie. “Dispersion and Longing for Zion, 1240–1840”. Azure. )Now this looks hopeful do I see teshuva here? Could it be that Hashem sees a little teshuva here? Are we returning? Or could this just be wishful thinking?