Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Rebbe: We Have Had Enough of This Kind of "Kiddush Hashem"

[After explaining that self-sacrifice al Kiddush Hashem (in sanctification of G-d’s name) is greater even than composing the entire Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), the Rebbe continues:]

[…] not one from among us understands (and lacks the ability to understand) at all the meaning things, why did Hashem do this?!... All the more so when we are speaking about a young woman, a mother of small children that need their mother and yearn for her…but we can’t make lengthy accusations and defenses regarding the Holy One, blessed be He, as it says “In a multitude of words, transgression will not be avoided, and he who holds back his lips is wise” (Mishlei/Proverbs 10:19) and “Be not rash with your mouth, and let your heart not be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you are on the earth; therefore, let your words be few.” (Koheles 5:1)

Nonetheless, we should emphasize how great is Kiddush Hashem in this case, and especially, to cry out to the Holy One, blessed be He, about the length of golus (exile), “Ad Mosai” (“until when?!”)…and to request and plead and do everything possible that the true and complete geulah will come immediately, through Moshiach Tzidkeinu, and then we will see the fulfillment of the promise “rise and sing those who dwell in the dust” (Yeshaya 26:19), beginning with tzaddikim who rise in resurrection immediately, and among them and at the start the righteous woman who was killed al Kiddush Hashem, and immediately she will meet, neshoma in a body, with her family and continue to raise them to Torah, to chupah (marriage), and to ma’asim tovim (mitzvos). With joy and gladness of heart.

[None the less, as lofty as it is to sacrifice one’s life al Kiddush Hashem] we have already fulfilled our obligations (“enough and more than enough”) of self-sacrifice al Kiddush Hashem, through decrees and pogroms that occurred throughout this long and bitter golus, until our generation –the children of Israel cry out to the Holy One, blessed be He: “Ad Mosai”?!...How can it be that after this long, bitter golus that we are still in need of self-sacrifice al Kiddush Hashem of a young woman, a mother of small children?!...

Even if the Holy One, blessed be He, wants the pleasure of self-sacrifice—besides the fact that we have already fulfilled our obligations in all the generations before this, Bnei Yisroel provide sufficient self-sacrifice from the fact that they are found another moment in golus!

Bnei Yisroel are in golus already more than 1900 years and Moshiach Tzidkeinu still didn’t come!...they have already completed all the tasks required in golus, and they have already done all the activities in all the possible ways (including and especially through the simcha of the month of Adar over the course of 60 dyas) and we don’t know what else there is to do, and nonetheless another week passes, another day, another moment and still the true and complete geulah hasn’t come in actuality!

Nothing remains for us other than to take consolation in that this incident should be the last incident of self-sacrifice al Kiddush Hashem[…and upon reaching the true and complete geulah it will be] the true and complete form of Kiddush Hashem—because the whole idea of golus is itself the opposite of Kiddush Hashem […]

Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Parshas Tetzaveh, 5752 (1992), (following the murder of a Jewish woman by an intruder in the Lubavitcher neighborhood of Crown Heights)

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Blogger chanie said...

Enough of this kind of kiddush Hashem; enough kedoshim.

Thu Dec 04, 06:35:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

regretebaly because of oslo over a 1000 more kiddoshim and 10,000s of souls taken by assimilation and heresy and minut since the rebbe has been niftir , yet we are still in exile another momment . what does God want us to be Him ?

Mon Nov 23, 04:03:00 PM EST  

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