I am well aware of the controversy. I am also mindful of the many times in Jewish history when a rabbinic figure was criticized for his ideas in his time and later vindicated. Personally, I find Rabbi Ben Artzi's words, especially those directed to the Jews of America regarding the imminent need for aliyah, stirring. And he constantly calls for us to do teshuva. So, even though I know he has his detractors, I've chosen to make his words more widely available in English.
Rabbi Elan Adler translated Rabbi Ben Artzi's message from this past week and his translation appears below.
A MESSAGE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
From Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, Shlita
13 Av – from the weekly publication Ta’ir Niri
Hakadosh Baruch Hu is toppling all giants of nature, on all levels throughout the world- volcanoes, exceedingly high temperatures, fires, drought, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes- in order to shake up the entire world, and in order for Am Yisrael to unite as one and do complete Teshuva, and in order to reveal King Mashiach and to bring Geulah with mercy.
Hakadosh Baruch Hu continues and will continue to cause inner turmoil within Egypt. Assad is a trustworthy messenger of Hashem, to destroy Syria. Even Jordan and Lebanon will implode within their countries. Each country will implode within itself, for there is no judgment and no leader of flesh and blood in the world today. In the past there have been leaders, but today Hashem desires only one leader- King Mashiach ben David.
Hashem retrieved essential human leadership and made the leaders into puppets, directing them with strings from above to the earth below. No one knows what will transpire today, every moment has its surprises, those beloved are now despised. All these changes are happening so that the world will feel there is no human leader who can lead the world, and so that Am Yisrael will cry and shout to the Master of the world: “We want a spiritual King, we want a leader who is a Man of God- the King Mashiach ben David, who will reveal himself and redeem Am Yisrael and lead it and the entire world!”
This is Hashem’s intention. Therefore, the protest about dairy products and housing and the doctors’ strike and the like- they will continue. Expenses will rise higher and the government and its institutions will be in a great upheaval- with no leadership- until Am Yisrael understands we need new leadership, and that is King Mashiach!
Hashem is appealing to Jews worldwide not to pressure Him into using harsh ways to extract them from places of impurity, abominations, assimilation, and lust for money. Hashem is proceeding to destroy the bad in the world, and the Jews, allegedly, are impeding this with their behavior. THERE IS NOT MUCH TIME LEFT.
Hashem has extended time to the United States (something unclear) for the sake of the Jews! But woe to the Jews who think they can stay there! The pursuit of Americans is hollow, they will fall in a short time -for when there is no money, there is no peace- and there will be complete chaos. They will eat each other up like animals in a jungle that maul each other. In this way, Hashem brings the Jews to Eretz Yisrael.
PRECIOUS JEWS, GET OUT OF YOUR COMPLACENCY, WAKE UP! HASHEM IS VERY SERIOUS! Don’t play with Him! Hashem is patient up to a point; now He is merciful, but this can turn to strict judgment in a second.
The real estate developer in Eretz Yisrael can further expand and build. Let millions of Jews come to the Holy Land. The Galilee will be built up, as well as the Negev, and Hashem will bring everybody home.
Not a wall, not water, no fire and no human being can impede the Geula and the revealing of the Mashiach! THIS IS THE HOLY PLAN, DECIDED LONG AGO, THAT THIS IS THE TIME FOR THE REVELATION OF MASHIACH, IN THIS GENERATION!
The entire world awaits the Divine Plan, waiting to see what He will do! They await in the heavens and on earth. Revelation of Mashiach will prevent a third World War, will prevent chaos brought on by atomic bombs.
Mashiach is not yet revealed, though the light of Mashiach shines and fights the battles of Yisrael. To the extent that it blinds the eyes of the Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians and Iranians, and crushes them internally, it effectively prevents them from a terrible war with Am Yisrael.
JEWS, DO NOT SIT ON THE SIDELINES AND SAY THIS IS ALL COINCIDENCE. WAKE UP, STRENGTHEN YOURSELFS WITH LOVE, UNITY AND PEACE. RETURN TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN WHO WAITS FOR ALL OF US. DON’T FIGHT WITH EACH OTHER. EACH PERSON WHO DOES THE WILL OF THE CREATOR, THE CREATOR WILL FULFILL THEIR WILL.