Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Parshas Nitzavim

Parshas Nitzavim contains a verse representative of the Future Redemption, "And G-d your L-rd will return your captivity." Furthermore, our Sages note that the verse does not say vihayshiv, but rather vishav, indicating that He Himself shared the exile with the Jews, and that He will return with them. [...]

It also contains the verse, "The hidden matters belong to G-d, but the revealed matters belong to us." There is a connection with this verse and the study of P'nimiyus HaTorah (Torah's mystic realm). In the present age, however, the AriZal stated that "It a mitzvah to reveal this wisdom." Thus not only the actual observance of Torah and mitzvos, but also the emotional service of love and fear, and similarly, the knowledge of P'nimiyus HaTorah, are accessible and therefore should be attained by every Jew.

And this will lead to the ultimate Redemption. And then, "G-d your L-rd will return your captivity"; He will proceed together with the entire Jewish people to the Beis HaMikdash and to the Holy of Holies. This will come about through each Jew's efforts in revealing the spark of Mashiach contained within his soul. And in a complete sense, this will come about in the Era of the Redemption. May it take place in the immediate future.

Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Eve of the Third Night of Selichos, 5751

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