Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hating Golus

Although a Jew is found in exile, he hates the exile, and indeed, hates it with a deep-seated hatred. What is the source of this hatred? Because in exile (גולה), the manifestation of G-d (the Alef of גאולה) is lacking.

A Jew is constantly involved in the effort to transform exile into redemption. For G-d also hates the exile, since He knows that in the exile the Jews are lacking -- and indeed, He understands their lack better than the Jews themselves. Even though a Jew has been informed of the ultimate state that will occur after the exile, since he lives within the confines of a physical body and is limited within the confines of this world, he cannot understand these concepts fully. Nevertheless, since a Jew knows that G-d hates the exile, he also hates the exile.

May we transcend all limitations and proceed to the Redemption immediately. And this will be enhanced by our presence in a house where good deeds are performed, prayers are recited, and Torah is studied. And from this house, we will proceed to the ultimate house the Beis HaMikdash, where we will stand on the roof and announce -- "Humble ones, the time for your Redemption has come."

Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, night of 13 Elul, 5751



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