Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Greet Moshiach Through Studying Chassidus

...may G-d not listen to any unfavorable statements that are made against the Jewish people. And since G-d will not listen to them, they will have no power to cause harm to another Jew.

And may we immediately proceed "on the clouds of heaven" to Eretz Yisrael, and directly to the Holy of Holies. This is particularly relevant in the present year, a year when "I will show you wonders." And we have seen wonders in the battles between the gentiles. And in regard to all matters, G-d tells the Jews not to be concerned, He is busy preparing their redemption.

May we follow the counsel "A good-hearted person is always celebrating" and seek to involve ourselves with the numerous opportunities for celebration that exist, confident that there is no need for concern about all material affairs of this world. And when a Jew -- for reasons desired by G-d -- must "go out to war," i.e., leave his natural state, he must realize that he is, as the opening phrase of the Torah reading states, על אויבך, lit. "above your enemies." A Jew is above them totally, and therefore need not take up arms, and he stands above all the matters which run contrary to a Jewish way of life.

And it is because he must contend with such factors, i.e., there are things which take him away from the study of P'nimiyus HaTorah, that a Jew hates exile. And therefore, he involves himself with such matters for only a minimal amount of time and returns to his true state, above all connection to war.
And through our efforts in observing the mitzvos, we will receive "the reward of a mitzvah [which] is a mitzvah," i.e., the opportunity to perform mitzvos in the Era of the Redemption. And then we will bring sacrifices in the Beis HaMikdash and in this manner elevate all the different elements of existence in this world.

It is a shame to spend further time on such matters for we must prepare to greet Mashiach through studying P'nimiyus HaTorah in a concentrated manner and in that way establishing a wondrous unity with G-d's thought. And by the distribution of money to be given to tzedakah, we will hasten the coming of the Redemption. May it take place in the immediate future.

Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, night of 11 Elul, 5751

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